Over time, we have encounters and experiences that forever change the course of our lives. My trek into the legal profession began with a chance encounter with a complete stranger.
After high school, I attended college at Salisbury University and worked as a clerk at a grocery store. An elderly gentleman who was not from the area would frequent my line during his visits for the Jewish holidays. Although our brief conversations were few and far between, he took a distinct and definite interest in me and my plans for the future. He often suggested that I become an attorney, but I didn’t think I was smart enough to get accepted into law school, let alone practice law.
After a few years of coming through my line, he told me that he was an attorney in Baltimore with his own law firm. He offered to provide me a job at his firm if I applied and was accepted into law school. Although I was convinced that I was not smart enough, I decided to take the LSAT and apply to law school to appease the elderly gentleman and prove that he was wrong about me.
To my surprise, I was accepted into law school. And, in a leap of faith, I decided to attend law school.
To my amazement, I passed my first year of law school. That summer, I reached out to the elderly gentleman to accept his offer for a job at his firm. But when I contacted his office, I found out that he had a career-ending stroke that rendered him unable to speak. He was no longer able to practice law and his firm was shutting down.
I was deeply saddened by the news and felt very lost. He was my only connection to the legal community and had been the driving force in my decision to attend law school.
Sadly, the elderly gentleman recently passed away. I will always be grateful to him for offering me an opportunity to do something I didn’t think I was capable of doing. I will always remember him for taking an interest and believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it were not for our chance encounters.
I hope to one day impact others’ lives the way he impacted mine.