The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Illinois paralegal Reverend Angela Hill attended President Obama’s inauguration, bringing with her three wards of the state of Illinois, Britney Hudson, Anthony Brown and Jasmine Williams, winners of an essay contest culminating in the historic trip to Washington, D.C.
Reverend Hill is employed by the business and litigation law firm Bryan Cave LLP. In addition to her legal work, she also runs In His Grip Ministries, which ministers to youth on the street in Chicago.
Ms. Hill is committed in particular to wards of the state. To demonstrate the irrationality of the widespread reluctance to adopt kids beyond infancy, she and her husband adopted a 10-year-old girl about a decade ago. Then she devoted her ministry to kids failing to win adoption, especially those approaching emancipation.
When she sponsored the essay contest for Illinois wards of state, her ministry could only afford to take two winners. Several attorneys at Bryan Cave LLP donated the funds to bring a third winner and to supply a van for the trip.
“Angela is very humble about her work outside the firm, but those of us who are aware of it know that she is having a tremendous impact on the lives of others,” says Derek S. Holland, a Bryan Cave lawyer.
See The Wall Street Journal.
Please take a minute to visit Reverend Hill’s ministry website to see the remarkable work she is doing, in addition to her full-time job as a paralegal. As the adoptive mother of my own incredible youngest daughter (through the state foster care system), I also want to raise awareness of the many amazing older children currently living in state foster care, ready and waiting to experience the joy and stability that a “forever family” can offer.