Here’s my story.
Having grown up in Long Island, NY, in a house where my mother was a hospice nurse, I learned at a young age the issues that families face when caring for an aging loved one. It was not uncommon for our dinner table conversations to revolve around the patients and also the families my mom was taking care of and the challenges they faced.
There is no doubt that my mother’s experience instilled in me a certain sensibility to honor the elders in our community. Without it even being a fully conscious decision, I think it led me to the practice of elder law.
Prior to attending law school, I worked for several years in publishing in New York City. Like many others, I lost my job in the aftermath of 9/11. However, that allowed me the excuse and the opportunity to finally attend law school.
While at Brooklyn Law School, I pursued work in the areas of the law commonplace for a law student in New York City, such as: corporate, business, transactional law. Though interesting in their own ways, I quickly learned what I wanted was a career with a more human side. I wanted to experience the kind of human interactions my mom instilled in me. So, I sought out the elder law practice. I immediately knew I made the right choice. I enjoyed the nature of the work, but I found myself truly enjoying hearing people’s stories. In the elder law practice, you can’t avoid absorbing the individual and family stories, both the magic and the tragic.
Where they are from?
Where they are born?
What did they do for a living?
I learned to really appreciate and love the fact that client’s life stories become the fabric of my work.
In my fifteen years in the field, I see my role as both navigating clients through a challenging legal proceeding, but also a challenging personal time period for the families involved.
Tell me your story.
Brooklyn Law School, Juris Doctor
Syracuse University, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Political Science and Government