Although my path to civil rights law wasn’t direct, it started early. According to a dim memory of the late ’80’s, bolstered by my parents’ accounts, when I was a preschooler, the concept of categorizing people by color was very difficult for me to grasp. I thought that a black person was a person driving a black car or wearing a black shirt, and therefore, a person driving a purple car or wearing a purple shirt was a purple person. When my parents explained to me that this was not at all what those words meant, and further explained that some people treated other people differently because of their skin color, I was outraged. THAT’S NOT FAIR. I pledged to fight injustice!
This four-year-old’s passion carried through elementary school and junior high school. Throughout the ’90’s, I conscripted my friends into forming a series of save-the-world clubs, the last of which disbanded when the treasurer’s mother used the entire treasury to pay the pizza delivery guy and then moved to Europe.
The drive for equal rights continued to fuel me in high school. In eleventh grade, I wrote an angry research paper for history entitled, “Liberty and Justice for All?”
But in 2002, when I went to college, I majored in botany. In 2011, I enrolled in a graduate program for nonprofit management, planning to manage botanical gardens. Although I was also working as a legal assistant, I had no thoughts of law school. Then I took a human resources course called Civil Rights for Public Managers. We read Plessy v. Ferguson. We read Brown v. Board of Education. I wrote my first memo about Lawrence v. Texas. I remembered my preschool passion for fighting what’s not fair. I took a practice LSAT, withdrew from the graduate program, and never looked back.
After a 2L summer working at a civil rights practice, my love for the field was solidified. I enjoy reading about, thinking about, and now, writing about constitutional and civil rights law. I hope to build a civil rights career in the 11th Circuit and, for fun, write about current constitutional issues in a way that helps legal and nonlegal audiences understand them and be informed, so that they can make up their own minds and, if they wish, think of solutions for the world’s injustices.
Should you wish to read about my other passions, I blog about plants, cooking, road trips, and silly things that happen at Botanylicious.