‘We are doing the Shiggy Challenge. I am an attorney and we became friends when she was my paralegal. She is going to be an attorney one day, too. I do juvenile, child support, divorce and probate. I also do a lot of work at Strickland Youth Center.
Somedays I want to be a judge and some days I don’t. I am a fighter and you can’t fight directly as a judge. I don’t have to follow anything except what is in the best interest of my client.
I was going to school to be a teacher but I finished a year early with my classes. I got bored and took logic and advanced philosophy. I was vice president of the student government at Alabama A&M and took a group of students to protest a Klan rally in Athens, Alabama. We started chanting ‘We are all equal’ and one of the Klansmen got in my face and yelled ‘We aren’t all equal.’ A cop came over to us and I thought the Klan guy was about to get it, but the policeman confronted me and told me to leave or he was going to arrest me for inciting a riot. I felt powerless, defeated, and voiceless. I didn’t have the right argument to make. I said right there I am going to get the tools to make the argument because I have an education. Imagine the kids, homeless, and people on the street who don’t have the tools or the voice to speak out and don’t know what to say. I went to Vanderbilt law school and now I know what to say. I grew up in Mobile and came back here to make a difference and help make this city better.”