To dream a new dream

Richard Adams

Richard Adams

My plan for blogging for Generation J.D. is to focus on the soft skills that we don’t learn in law school but must instead learn through human interaction and through our successes and failures.

First, however, a little bit about how I got here. I started my first job at a law firm when I was 17, the day after I graduated from Towson High School. (My mom happened to work at the firm as a secretary, so thanks, mom!) I started as an office clerk, then became a marketing and library assistant, then a legal secretary and then a paralegal. With each promotion, I was given more client contact and more immersive legal work. I had the chance to go out into the community and engage with other professionals, building relationships for both myself and the firm. I also was given the opportunity to develop my passion and drive for estates and trusts and elder law.

Ultimately, I found simply supporting attorneys wasn’t enough for me – I was going to have to become one to truly help others the way I wanted.

So I applied to the University of Baltimore School of Law and enrolled in the fall of 2013. At the same time, I left that law firm after 13 years and joined Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP as a paralegal. I worked full-time while taking classes in the evening (even in the summer). Many of my friends from law school encouraged me to do better and, to this day, they are a constant source of personal and professional inspiration.

Today, I am in my mid-30s and an associate attorney at RMG, a community that supported me throughout law school. They continue to be supportive as I build my law practice, allowing me to focus on the areas about which I am passionate. I feel very fortunate to be part of such a dynamic group.

My husband also deserves a huge amount of credit for my successes. In my early 20s, I thought I was too old for college. He helped show me that, in the words of C.S. Lewis, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” Thank you, Brian!

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