My name is Taylor. I went to law school because I was not sure what else to do after college. I had two great law teachers in college and both talked to me about going to law school. They told me that with a law degree, I could either become a lawyer, or if I decided it was a bad idea, I could always work in a non-profit. I decided to go to law school.
Law school was fun for me. I loved the difficulty of the subject and the hours. I thrived in the competitive environment and also tried my best to get involved. I made Law Review after my first year and eventually became the Chief Managing Editor. I also started a student organization called the Public Interest Law Foundation, which raises money to grant to students who work in non-profit jobs over the summers. Surrounded by excellent professors and opportunities, I realized that law was the perfect field for me.
I have always been a highly organized, driven, and assertive person. I am also a person who easily sympathizes or empathizes with others. I make friends easily and can talk to almost anyone. I find purpose when I am able to help someone with a difficult issue or through a difficult time.
Being a lawyer is a convergence of all of these characteristics. To be a successful lawyer, I believe you need to be an organized to a fault and have the ability to go head to head with other lawyers or parties involved, but always with civility. Further, I believe you need to be willing to take on a client’s issue as if it were your own, maybe not emotionally, but with enough zeal and passion to represent the client competently. Also, I believe you have to relate to clients on a personal level and seek their best interest in finding a solution.
My beliefs about being a lawyer encouraged me to start my own firm. I did not want to work for a firm or an attorney unless I truly saw my values or beliefs in that firm or attorney. So, instead of waiting around for the perfect boss, I just decided to become my own.
Also, I eventually want a family. I am getting married in July and want to have children. Being a lawyer and having children will definitely take some juggling, but as your own boss, schedules can be more flexible. Finally, I want to live my life… I don’t want to work 80 hours a week and never go on vacation and know the four walls of my office better than my family.
I have always loved traveling and have been to over 15 countries; a few of those countries, I have traveled to multiple times. I took my first trip at age 14 and since then have always wanted to spend my extra time and money on an adventure, rather than on material things. I try to go on a new trip at least once a year… even if that is exploring the United States.
Thankfully, I found a partner who shares my vision and supports my dreams. This is the story of building our law firm…