First thing I do when I wake up in the morning is check my phone. I know… terrible habit. I check to see if there are any important emails, missed phone calls, errands that I must do that day, but most of the time, it’s just a bunch of text messages on my WhatsAPP. Since my family lives in Brazil, I’m always a few hours late catching up due to the time differences.
This morning, someone sent the family group a picture of my two cousins and me when we were around 2-4 years old. My son Lucas looks just like me! This prompted me to go into my old photos, and see if I could find any more treasures of us. I unexpectedly ran into a picture of me sitting on a judge’s bench! I had completely forgotten about this experience… until now.
The picture was taken back in November of 2011. I was one semester away from completing my MBA at Pepperdine University. My economics professor, fondly known as “Dr. G,” was an attorney with quite the career before “retiring” and becoming a professor. One of his former colleagues was Federal Judge, Manuel Real, in Los Angeles. Dr. G took our Econ class on a field trip to the federal courthouse that day. We got to “play” in the Judge’s quarters, ask him questions about the law, ethics, morals, etc. He came across as a very gentle soul, reminding me of my grandpa. But when he put on that robe, he had a critical role to fulfill.
Since 2015, I feel like I’ve become an honorary lawyer! My thirst not only justice, but to understand the why’s of this system, has engrossed me into learning more. I’ve read more aspects of the law than I could have ever imagined. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a doctor. I went as far as majoring in Biochemistry, until I had to take 3 semesters of Calculus, quickly realizing this wasn’t for me. I had a sort of existential crisis, not really knowing where to go from there, while hesitantly aware I had a knack for public speaking and writing. So I switched majors, and graduated with a BA in Communication Studies and Rhetorical Criticism. One of my all time favorite classes was Argument & Debate—I was quite good, if I do say so myself. I had an inkling of wanting to go to Law School, but my attempt at medical school “failed” so I didn’t give it anymore thought… until now.
Maybe this picture was forethought all along.