Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Legally Blogging Series--Meet Erica!

Hi and happy Tuesday! It's time for another installment of the Legally Blogging series. I hope you will check out our new friend Erica, as well as my co-hosts, Allison and Jackie! You can get their links below!

The Legally Blogging idea was dreamed up by three ladies who all met in blog-land and instantly clicked.  You could say it was love at first sight.  The immediate connection stemmed from the one thing they had in common: Law.  Obviously, as time went on, they discovered they had much more in common than just law, but that was a great starting point.

Here they are!


They decided to join forces and start a blogging series, to show that lawyers aren't always what you'd expect.  The main goal of the series is to connect with other legal ladies out there and meet some great new people.  Every week, the hope is to showcase a new person in the series.

Series so far:


If you're interested in participating in the Legally Blogging Series, just send an email to Jackie: jjstoughton [AT] gmail [DOT] com. 

We'd love to have you on board!


Aloha! My name is Erica and I blog over at To the Sea. I'm originally from a tiny island in the Gulf of Mexico- South Padre Island, Texas. I have a bad case of wanderlust (and am married to a Marine) so my life story has been a bit complicated since graduating high school in 2005. I started my undergrad career at U.T. Austin, but bounced around between The University of Hawaii and San Diego State University before eventually graduating with a degree in Physical Geography (from Hawaii). My interest in Environmental Law led me to law school at The University of Hawaii, where I graduated in 2012 (just two months after giving birth to my first daughter), but decided to take (and pass!) the Bar Exam in Texas last July. A few months later, my little family of three moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where my career is currently (mostly) on hold. I still do long-distance work with the Hawaii Defense Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to defending Second Amendment rights in Hawaii.
Yup, that's just me and my favorite Supreme Court justice.

I blog about whatever life throws at me, for example: graduating law school and passing the bar with a newborn, life in Hawaii versus life in East Africa, wanderlust, parenting, fitness, and everything in between. I guess I would say I have a lifestyle blog.
1. Why did you start blogging?
I found out I was pregnant the summer before my last year of law school. I started blogging to share my experiences, hoard my memories, and to keep my family and friends back in Texas updated.
This is basically what it's like to be a pregnant law student in Hawaii.
That's my nine-month-preggo self  at my law school with Justice Sotomayor.
Studying for the Bar Exam with a newborn.
2. What do you like to do when you're not blogging?
My favorite thing to do is surf. I grew up surfing in Texas, and continued on with it in Hawaii, Cali, and now East Africa. I also enjoy running and weightlifting, drinking wine, traveling, scuba diving, and random adventures. I try as spend as much time as possible by the sea.

 3. What do you find is the biggest misconception about lawyers?
Where do I start? One thing that bothers me is the negativity towards criminal defense attorneys. I always hear things like, "How could you live with yourself knowing you set a child rapist free?" Criminal defense attorneys play an integral role in keeping this country free. How easy would it be for the government to lock people up it didn't agree with? How many innocent people would be imprisoned if it weren't for their attorneys? It seems that very few people think of that when they think of defense attorneys. Another thing that bothers me is that people assume lawyers became lawyers to make a lot of money. Countless lawyers pursue the profession to seek justice; many do their jobs for free.

 4. What's your favorite vacation you've been on? 
My favorite vacation wasn't really a vacation. During my undergrad days, I spent a summer studying Evolutionary Biology in the Galapagos Islands. School was a lot of work, but it was so much fun. The Galapagos Islands was a beautiful place, and every day felt like a dream. While I was there, I snorkeled with penguins, sea lions, and marine iguanas, surfed empty waves, and watched a volcano spontaneously erupt.

5. What's your best and worst home reno project?
I think the longest I've lived in one house since leaving my parents is just short of a year, so I haven't done much home reno. I think the most time I've spent on a house is when I decorated my daughter's nursery, even though I knew we'd only be in that house for about 9 months.

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