I came to law school so that I could work in the public interest sector. Strangely enough, it took a semester in Australia my junior year of college for me to really look to the situation in America, and see in the injustice. I was appalled at how the aboriginals are treated in their own native country, and became quite passionate about the challenges that are presented to these people on a daily basis. When I returned I vowed that I would be more active in changing the situations at home.
I decided law school was the best way for me to help make the difference I wished to make. After first year, when the chance to do a clinic arose, I immediately signed up for the Public Interest Clinic. I was placed at the New England School of Law Clinical Law Office, and enjoyed my experience there so much, that I went back and worked there the summer after my second year. This was a great experience for me to be the lawyer, and not just do the busy work. I was certified under the student practice rule, worked on briefs and memos, researched my cases, interviewed clients, and even went in front of several different judges. Though my experiences at the Clinic were fantastic, I started to realize that being a public interest attorney may not be the best fit for me.
It was really disheartening to be in court and see judges, who have so much power, tear families apart, or force visitation where one parent is scared of the other. After this realization, I decided to take a class in Mediation. I fell in love with this topic, and took the mediation clinic my last semester at law school. I am interning at Mediation Works Incorporated, and have been very fortunate to get a lot of training, and learn so much more about mediation. After graduation, I would like to be a mediator. This may not sound like public interest work, but it truly is. Mediation is useful and relevant in every field, including divorce, child support and custody and visitation. Rather than the judge making the decision, the parties collaborate to come to a joint decision that is best for both of them. I think this is a much better option than litigation. I hope this can be my tool to help those who need help.