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Life as a Baby Lawyer

Amicus curiae is Latin for the phrase, “friend of the court.” As a child, I never really had friends so to entertain myself, I would host mock trials in my playroom. My aunt, who was a lawyer, would give me simple scenarios and expect me to prepare for the case.

So there I was, an elementary student, reading law books to learn about important precedents in the United States. Nine times out of ten, the books would be too advanced to read or too confusing for me to process, but I kept reading to prepare for my mock trials. In the trials, my aunt would act as the judge and my parents would pretend to be the jury.

I never enjoyed defending the teddy bears, so I would always be the prosecutor. As the prosecutor, my job was to discredit my imaginary friend’s arguments. I was not the best at weaving together an argument and presenting it, but I always tried my best to impress my family. After delivering the final arguments, my parents would respond with a verdict and I would receive a new stuffed animal if I won.

My parents fed into my passion to become a lawyer, but they assumed the career wouldn’t stick with me. After explaining how obsessed I was with law and how important it was to me, my parents knew they had a tough choice to make. My hometown isn’t a safe city, nor is it a city that has schools that encourage academic success, so I wasn’t going to benefit from staying in the area. To better my chances of being successful, I enrolled at Milton Hershey School, a residential school for low-income students that promotes success on all levels.

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Now a senior in high school and enrolled in the Law, Public Safety, and Security career pathway at Milton Hershey School, I have surpassed the bar for excellence in my law classes and all my classes in general. My practice as a kid has given me a platform to build on and expand. I have become extremely comfortable with speaking to others.

When public speaking opportunities present themselves, I am often chosen from among my peers because of my ability to articulate, reflect, and weave together a story that portrays the truth or an important message.

In the near future, I aspire to become a human rights lawyer. Coming from a family heavily involved in law and human rights advocacy, leadership was the pillar and strong foundation that I was raised on.

I intend to use my communication and public speaking skills to become a lawyer of integrity to help those in need. By doing so, I hope to create a legacy for myself and my family that is empowering enough to successfully pass the mantle of leadership down to the next generation. I plan to influence the future generations of my family to be a “friend of the court” like myself.


I’yonna enrolled at Milton Hershey School in seventh grade from Trenton, New Jersey.

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