Confidence

This little sweetie in the middle is law. law was born sensitive and strong and confident. law grew up in a good solid home with a family who loved her and cared for her well. law attended Denver Public Schools.

law was known for being sweet, quiet and shy, but also curious and adventurous and tough, preferring to hang with the boys playing what they were playing. law was called a “tomboy”. law loved to read and write, roller skate, play tennis, soccer, swing, and swim.

Photograph of law and her brother, Danny (right) and her cousin, David (left). Southeast Denver, Colorado in the backyard, 1973

Denver Public Schools labeled law as a gifted learner and an advanced placement student, but when law was in high school she became bored with academics, preferring to focus on athletics and part time employment where she felt confident, was actively engaged, and learned skills from her experiences. law didn’t like school very much anymore, but she still loved to learn. law was always a dependable worker and a talented athlete. law had dreams of becoming an international tennis star, a journalist, and a civil rights lawyer. law also struggled with disordered sleep, gastrointestinal issues, and some hypersensitivities.

At 18 law became LAW and left home to pursue an undergraduate degree in journalism from University of Colorado Boulder. LAW became insecure about her writing abilities and study abilities and switched her major to match her subject matter interests. LAW focused on studying history and eventually determined to also become a school teacher. LAW focused on tennis while working at Boulder Country Club throughout college and quietly still aspired to attend law school in order to work in civil rights, which she eventually did. LAW was really a natural born peace maker.

LAW studied to become a paralegal first and earned a certificate at Denver Paralegal Institute. This gave LAW the confidence LAW needed to apply herself to law school. LAW graduated from New York Law School in 1999 and shocked even herself when she passed the New York bar exam with high scores. LAW had never felt confident as a traditional student, but she still went on to hold positions at prestigious places. LAW worked at the New York City Law Department where she argued in the court of Sonia Sotomayor, LAW worked at the the New York County District Attorney’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. LAW found that she enjoyed the law, but she wasn’t built to fight so LAW became a Mediator and focused on her writing. For six years LAW served as a school law policy specialist and senior consultant for the Colorado Department of Education.

LAW realized as an adult that she is actually autistic, what it means to be gifted, that LAW can still play like law, and that LAW is already a teacher and a writer and that she most loves being a Mother. LAW mothered three children.

Why am I sharing? Because research says that 70% of girls feel different about their futures after hearing from women role models. Thanks to Inspiring Girls International and Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society for asking us to inspire the next generation by sharing our stories.

P.S. The boy on the right is my brother Danny L. Weiss . The boy on the left is my cousin David Wilson Booth. Weren’t we all adorable in 1973?
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Published by stuckinmybra

First and foremost, I am a mother, but I am also an educator and an activist. I've been told by my closest friends that I am a fighter, but I actually despise that part of my identity because I really don't enjoy fighting. I write about whatever is on my mind, which feels like a big mess sometimes. I mostly think about my kids and the people they are and how to help them become who they want to be in this world. I love them more than anything in this world. Sometimes I write about giftedness, autism, trauma, schools, mental health and chronic illness because those are all things that affect me. I write about my own life and the people in it and I try not to hurt people's feelings in the writing process. I hope what I write touches peoples hearts and opens people’s minds because I think people in our world need to have more understanding and compassion. I'm to tell it like it is.

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