I took the Family Law clinical at Temple’s Legal Aid Office with Professor Sarah Katz. It gave me the opportunity to take what I had learned in the classroom and apply it to actual cases in front of actual judges in actual courtrooms.
Temple Law will always be close to my heart – and not only because it’s where I met my husband, a fellow evening student. I think one of my favorite moments took place at Juvenile Court, in the courtroom of Judge Walter Olszeweski. Professor Katz and I had spent the entire semester finishing up the adoption case for a teenager whose stepfather wanted to formalize their relationship.
When the day of the final hearing came, the entire family cried tears of happiness. I still have a photo on my phone of the family clustered around Judge Olszeweski’s desk, with the young boy holding the judge’s gavel.
I plan to provide advocacy for the 80% of our society who can’t afford a lawyer. My own family was low-income; I still remember standing in line for food stamps. People like my family deserve to have the same quality of legal representation of middle- and upper-class families. Public interest law makes that happen.