A Motivation for My Law Practice

Jay-Falk-Square-Headshot-235x235As I alluded to in my last post, my desire to practice law has been present throughout my life. Despite taking some paths in life that could have led me away, I managed to find myself in law school in the fall of 2009, and then finally on March 29, 2013 I passed the North Carolina Bar exam and became a licensed attorney. This road was long, and filled with many interesting stories. One of these stories fills the basis for the current practices I have entered.


In May 2007 I graduated from the University of North Carolina quite unclear with what the future would hold for me. Due to this I decided to spend time traveling and doing missions work. I left in January of 2008 for four months on a trip to Addis Abba, Ethiopia. When I arrived I honestly had no clue why I had embarked on this journey, but would soon find out in very big ways.


While on this trip I learned a great deal about myself, and especially more about what I wanted to do with my life. A passion to help others began burning inside of me, and I knew that I wanted to find ways to dedicate my life to being an advocate for the less fortunate. Also, I was able to see first-hand what life was like in other parts of the world, and how much of a blessing living in the United States truly was. So many Ethiopians expressed how they dreamed to move to America, and to have the opportunities that every American is given by simply being a citizen of this wonderful country. Little did I know that my practice in immigration law would be able to directly help people just like these Ethiopians I met on this trip in 2008.


My trip to Ethiopia exposed many to so many things I had never seen before, and helped to steer me back to pursuing a career in law. I remembered how often my father was able to help the less fortunate through his legal practice, and shortly after returning home from this trip at I decided to enter law school. The lasting impressions of this trip would form the basis for the fields of practice I have chosen. Now I eagerly look forward to the future, and am excited to grow my Immigration practice.