I read To Kill a Mockingbird in the summer of 1963. I was seventeen and living in Dalhart, Texas. Also that summer, a white man shot a black man in the back, in cold blood. Four of my friends saw the murder and testified at trial for the prosecution, that Fall. I talked my way out of most of my classes and attended the week-long trial. The district attorney was a friend of our family and let me discuss the case with him. I got involved with the deceased's family and sat with them during the trial. The jury rightfully found Henry Bosell guilty. However, my sense of justice was shaken when the jury gave him a pitifully light sentence of only two years! What an insult to the dead man's life and to his family. What an embarrassing impeachment of our American justice system. I simply couldn't believe it. The murderer was out of prison in 18 months. The flame for justice was lit in me during that trial and it stills burns today.
I have always been in a small firm or solo practice. I practice now with a good friend of mine, Bryan Pope. For 27 years, I have represented folks who were injured due to the negligence of others. We have been working on cases together for over 10 years and have a good partnership. We are both very involved in our professional organizations. I am Vice-President of the American Assn. for Justice and Bryan is President-Elect of the Dallas Trial Lawyers.
I am from the Panhandle of Texas and did not go to law school until I had three kids. I took the LSAT and applied at Texas Tech School of Law. By the time I was accepted, I was in the middle of a divorce and I didn't know how I could possibly afford to go to law school with three kids to care for, without a husband, with a mortgage and only $300 in monthly child support. But, as my fourteen year old son, Brett, astutely told me, "Mom, you can't afford not to." What a bright boy! He is now a father of seven. My children, Brett, Melissa and Amanda were, and are still, very important to me and their love and support was crucial to my decision to actually enter law school.
I love to play tennis and travel. I have two Maine Coon cats, Sophie and Yoda.