2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Meghan Kempf
I have been fortunate. That simple truth is what created my desire to help others achieve even a small portion of the providence I have experienced. The empowerment that comes from the realization of one’s dreams is an incomparably strong catalyst for self-respect. The basic human trait of dignity is what has been taken from many of the victims of domestic violence. The abuser has managed to degrade, disempower, and overshadow every action of his or her victim, making it impossible for the abused to live their own lives. Through my work at Court Appointed Child Advocates (CASA), the Center for Legal and Social Justice (CLSJ) at St. Mary's University, and at Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. (FVPS) I have served as a catalyst and witness to their survival, and blossoming when they discovered someone believed in them. Knowing I was capable of helping my clients became the calling that decided the area of law I wanted to work in: domestic violence litigation.
Words to live by:
"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." - spoken by Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird