My Pathway to the Practice of Law
Some individuals know of their desire to pursue a legal career from an early age while others find this desire in college or sometime soon after. For me it was a mixture of each scenario. I feel that I knew from an early age that I wanted to pursue a legal career, but despite this some choices I made in life were done to avoid this career path. Thus, the steps I took in life were not always motivated by the desire to practice law, but yet in March of 2013 I found myself being sworn in as Wayne County’s newest attorney.
My earliest memories are often associated with the courtroom and the legal profession. My father, N.K. Falk, is a defense attorney so technically I’ve been around this profession my whole life. I can remember at a very young age attending some of my father’s trials, and at that time being amazed by the big courthouse and courtrooms. I also remember thinking it was so neat that my dad had this ability to stand up and make these awesome speeches in front of so many people, and better yet this was his profession.
As I grew up and entered high school I began to realize that this career I found awe inspiring as a child just might be what I wanted to do for my profession. But, as I entered college I really tried to run away from this desire. I pursued other fields of study, but always seemed to leave a small door open for pursuing law school. After I graduated from the University of North Carolina, in December 2007, I decided to hold off on any career decisions and instead go halfway across the world for mission trip. So, on January 12, 2008 I boarded a plane for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia having no clue what to expect, but hoping for an amazing experience.
Little did I know at the time how much this experience would change my life, and how this trip would push me back to pursuing the practice of law. This trip would start a fire within me to help others, and really form the backbone of my choice to pursue law school. Later post will explore how this trip formed my desire to help others, and especially how this desire is now fleshed out on a daily basis in my practice of law.