Allison Esquire

Today I saw my daughter take the oath as an attorney. Allison is authorized to practice law in California and federal courts. She’s specializing in family law — divorce and child guardianship — at the San Francisco Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services Program, which provides free legal help to those who can’t afford a lawyer. She likes it because she can help people.

It feels weird that she’s not in school or preparing to go back to school or studying for a test. That phase of her life is over. She’s a competent adult.

I’m proud of her.

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  1. greeneyeshade says:

    mazal tov to you both.

  2. Mike Curtis says:

    Remember, 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

  3. In 1992/93 I was sworn into the bars of MA and NY, and swore that I never ever wanted to learn anything ever again. (I was burnt out from law school and bar review at the time . . . )

    In 2003 I entered an alternative teacher cert program and found myself in a Masters program.

    Upshot: you never know.

    May your daughter find fulfillment in her new career.

  4. Michael E. Lopez says:

    Joanne…. if she’s just been sworn in, the odds are that she was a competent adult some 3 years ago at the very least, likely 5-7 years ago.

    But I suppose I understand what you mean. Congratulations!

  5. Congratulations!

  6. Well done–to both of you.

  7. Yay for Allison. Both the swearing in and where she’s chosen to work.

  8. Diana Senechal says:


  9. Congratulations!

  10. I’m reminded of an old joke.

    Q:  What’s the Jewish position on when a fetus becomes a life?
    A:  When it becomes a doctor.

    … or a lawyer.  Way to go, Allison!


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