by Rhonda Bailey, NCCP
I love the legal field! I chose many years ago to pursue my dream of working in the legal field by traversing the stepping stones of study, dedication and perseverance of and to all that was legal. I obtained my paralegal degree, worked for many years in various fields, fought for what I believed was right no matter what others thought of my decisions, and continued to pursue my larger dream of becoming a lawyer by keeping it atop of my “do someday” pile.
During my many years as a paralegal, I have had wonderful experiences that have increased my desire and motivation to become a lawyer and to serve my community. Regardless of whether my sense of justice is “right” or “wrong” to others, I know I am serving in a field that can make a difference – by researching a specific topic for a particular client, by listening intently when the stress of a law suit or situation takes its toll on a client (or coworker), by becoming an advocate for something I believe in, by raising my voice to change a law which I believe hurts rather than helps, and the list can go on forever. All of these experiences, whether through easily won or more difficultly forged successes, fanned the embers of my dream and commitment to going to law school and becoming a lawyer.
As my children have graduated from high school, it is now my time to turn the embers of a dream into flames of reality. What a great time to return to school! Thomas Edison could not have put it better when he said, “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” I am ready to be astounded!
Rhonda is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal who has been accepted to law school, starting this fall. She last worked for Lennon & Camak in Raleigh, NC, specializing in workers’ compensation law. She’s been married for over 20 years and has two daughters also going to college this year. Rhonda loves music, art, reading, hiking, and traveling. She plays the piano, flute, kazoo and the banjo and if time allows, hopes to get really good at the banjo while in law school! She wants to be a criminal prosecutor with the eventual goal of becoming a judge and possibly the first-ever banjo-playing Supreme Court Justice.