When I was about eight years old, my parents divorced and my mother took my sister and I to live in Watsonville, CA, a small agricultural town that seemed foreign to my birth city, Sacramento. My mother, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico as a teenager, had a lot of family support in the town, so relocating there was a sound choice for her, both financially and emotionally. We lived in a full house in which every adult -- with the exception of my disabled grandparents -- worked two to three jobs to support the family. Because I hardly saw my father, my uncles were often in Mexico and my grandfather didn’t communicate much with us children, I yearned for interaction with adult males. I found solace when my mother began taking me to a neighborhood barbershop, and was elated when one of the barbers eventually asked if I could help out on Saturdays by sweeping up and taking out the trash; I would be compensated with “tips” and a haircut.
At the time, I understood my Saturdays at the barbershop merely as a way to get outside of my impoverished home environment and gain exposure to a world in which I never knew. I was oblivious to the fact that this time at the barbershop gave my mother more time to study for ...
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...riting skills through contributing to King Hall’s highly respected law journals, I will become a positive and prudent voice for the public. With proper application of the law, significant changes, albeit incremental ones, can be made to benefit the aforementioned communities I strive to help.
Working as a barber has provided me a way to both see and experience the struggles that face socio-economically disenfranchised communities in the world. Although I have enjoyed my experiences with outreach and advocacy, I am ready to embark on a legal education that I know will strengthen my capacity to create or defend justice where it is often absent or unclear. The barbershop is responsible for having shown me the challenges communities face at a grassroots level; but law school will be credited with giving me the necessary tools to address those issues, on global scale.
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