What does it take to be successful in the field of law? A few might do it alone, through a combination of dedication, grit, and persistence, but many have support networks to help them through law school and beyond. This might include friends, mentors, or family members, such as one’s mother.
In honor of Mother’s Day, five legal professionals share how their mothers have influenced their careers. Whether or not your mother played a big role in your career, and whether or not she’s still with you today, we hope you find these stories uplifting and inspiring:
My mother has always been there for my brother and I. She sacrificed so that we could have a better life than she had when she was growing up. She was a school teacher, which certainly taught me the importance of education. Without her love and support throughout my life, I would not be the person I am today.
– Jonathan Schmidt, Partner, Nazette, Marner, Nathanson & Shea, LLP
My mom supported my dream everyday since I decided what I wanted to do in fourth grade. She encouraged me whenever I felt discouraged. She praised me whenever I was hard on myself for not getting the best grade I wanted. She fought for me when my high school counselor didn’t want me to go into Running Start my Junior year. She has always been there for me. I wouldn’t be where I am without her!
– Tina Waldo, Paralegal, Tuohy Minor Kruse PLLC
Mom constantly challenged me to be better, to research and learn on my own, and to pay attention to details that others easily missed. These are all traits that anyone working in the legal field needs to nurture and grow.
– Trish Phillips, Practice Manager, RB Legal, LLC
She worked for a legal collections firm and I worked for them doing odd jobs and special projects. Those opportunities helped solidify my foundation of creative thinking, which I use to resolve unique issues. This contributes to my success supporting our Managing Partner.
– Julie Dieckman, Legal Coordinator, Doida Law LLC
My mom did not influence where I worked, she influenced how I worked! She taught from a very young age that I could achieve whatever I wanted to. She pushed me hard to achieve and persevere, no matter the challenges. Without her influence, I am not sure I would have made it. She also taught me about love, compassion, forgiveness, kindness and all of the qualities needed to be a successful, well rounded individual. I am thankful to her each and every day. My mom is in the last stages of Alzheimer’s disease so this is special to me. Though she is still with us, she is not and I cannot tell you how much you will miss the one who gave you life when she is gone. I know that every one does not have a close relationship with their mom and I am blessed that I do.
– Karen Reed, Controller & Office Manager, Hawash Meade Gaston Neese & Cicack LLP
One final note—There are plenty of legal professionals out there who hustle to be amazing moms and strong advocates at the same time. Look at how dedicated Shanita Gaines is to her roles as mother and lawyer, and we bet you’ll be moved.
Did your mother influence your choice to practice law? Let us know in the comments.