Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Legally Blogging

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:

At this time, Legally Blogging will be going on indefinite hiatus. Catherine, Jackie and Allison have loved bringing these posts to the blog world, but are ready for a little break. Check back in two weeks for the last Legally Blogging post!

My name is Grayson, and I’m an attorney in the awesome state of Alabama. I have decided to participate in a Legally Blogging series where I tell you a little about myself, how I became an attorney, then answer some questions. Here we go!!!!!

I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. Once I hit 17 and graduated from high school (Go Panthers!), I decided to head 93 miles away to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to attend the University of Southern Mississippi (To the Top!).

Having been involved in theater my entire life; I decided a “real life major” for this passion would be Broadcast Journalism. However, my junior year, I took “Media Law” and decided law school was the right choice for me!

A year later, I graduated with a double major in Broadcast Journalism & Political Science, with a Minor in French (Oui!!!).

During my undergraduate education, I worked part-time at a school/residential facility for developmentally disabled children. I knew going into law school I wanted to put my degree to use as an advocate for the developmentally disabled population.

However, while attending law school at Ole Miss (Hotty Toddy! Go Rebs!) I completed an internship at the District Attorney’s Office in Mobile, where I determined life as a juvenile prosecutor would also be a big help to the community, and allow me to be a “trial attorney” as well. I must say; the first time you get in front of a jury and deliver an opening statement…you are HOOKED!!! As such, I spent the last year of law school specializing in Criminal Law. Love this graduation picture…

Unfortunately, I graduated during the worst dip in the economy (December 2009) and was unable to secure employment of any kind – so, I decided to use this time to work toward my last educational goal…to get a PhD. I followed up law school by heading back to the University of Southern Mississippi to begin my doctoral degree in Administration of Justice (with a cognate in Political Science).

I spent 2010 and 2011 completing my PhD coursework, publishing textbooks, taking the Alabama Bar, doing more research than I knew possible, and teaching Criminal Law to undergraduates. I’m still not sure how I got so much done in such a short amount of time…

Again, I found it difficult to find a job and took a great offer as a temporary Associate at a large plaintiff firm in Mobile, working on the BP Oil Spill claims, which was followed by a short month as Corporate Counsel for a small media company. It was as though I sold my soul…

However, I have now secured a spot working at a large non-profit organization and feel like I might finally be where I am supposed to be…working with the developmentally disabled population that inspired me to go to law school in the first place, along with other individuals who need help throughout the Southeast.

As you can see, you never know what direction life will take you, or what may happen next. Who knows what the future holds for me…but I like the fact that I have a lot to look forward to and I appreciate all the possibilities being an attorney affords to me.

Why did you start blogging?
I actually began blogging in law school during the 2008 presidential election. When I was in my late teens through most of my 20s, I was very “into” politics. I created the blog “Law Student G” to discuss life in law school and the election. Once I graduated from law school I stopped blogging and focused completely on teaching/research.

However, once I began working in the “real world” and had a little more time on my hands, I became addicted to Pinterest. As an extension of that, I decided to start blogging again – instead of politics, I could discuss life as an attorney, share vegan recipes, and any projects I was working on.

I will say, I do not blog as much as I would like to, and after I complete my big move in the next couple of weeks, I plan to schedule more time to update my blog at least once a week! So, stay tuned!!!!

What do you like to do when you're not blogging?
Most recently, I have spent my spare time packing. I am moving 45 minutes across town in the next few weeks, to be closer to my office.

I also recently transitioned from being a vegetarian to a vegan. I have been experimenting with cooking vegan recipes, and started a much needed workout routine. I took jazz dance classes for 13 years growing up, and I wouldn’t mind adding that into my workout schedule once I get moved – so, I’m looking into that!

Additionally, I have always loved musical theater. I grew up participating in community theater and plan on auditioning for shows in the area soon. I just missed an audition for “Legally Blonde,” but hopefully they will have something similar to try out for soon!

Of course, I also take time to spend with my friends, family, and wonderful dogs – PomPom (7 year old Pomeranian) and Gatsby (2 year old Teacup Chihuahua). Aren’t they the CUTEST?!?!?!?!?!

What do you find is the biggest misconception about lawyers?
That We All Became Lawyers for “Big Money.” As I previously stated, I initially went to law school because I wanted to be an advocate for the developmentally disabled. I also became interested in juvenile prosecution or court administration. None of these avenues could ever make me rich…and that is OKAY! Sure, I want to be comfortable one day, but I didn’t go to law school to be rich. In fact, most law school graduates and attorneys are not considered wealthy.

What's your favorite vacation you've been on?
EASY - The day after my undergraduate graduation I boarded a plane to Europe for a month long vacation (Germany & France) and put my French Minor to use in Paris…I almost did not come home!! It is now my ultimate dream to retire to Paris (however unlikely, it is a nice goal…)

The last question everyone answers deals with home renovations. Being an apartment renter, I do not have the luxury of that yet! J

I hope you learned a little about me. I am so happy to be a part of the Legally Blogging Series!!! 

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