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An Inspiring Woman
Lessons From My Mother
Since March is Women’s History Month, I wanted to take a moment to recognize the sacrifices and accomplishments of one of the most inspiring women I know — my mother. As many of you may be aware, she works here at the firm as our paralegal. Her tenacity, patience, and decades of experience make her an invaluable member of the team and a grounding force in my life. My mother has always been the most supportive person I’ve ever known. She had me when she was 19 years old, raising my sister and me while our father pursued first his bachelor’s degree, then his Juris Doctor. As we moved across the country, then halfway around the world, my mother was an anchor for us kids. She took us to school, cooked, and cleaned, never failing to be attentive and compassionate. Looking back, it’s no wonder she excelled at paralegal work. When we moved back to the states and my father took up private practice, my mom re-entered the workforce, becoming his paralegal. She took to the research and archival side of the job quickly, and when it came to working with clients, she was already a master. Fast forward to today, and she now has roughly 40 years of experience in the field, something that proved invaluable when it came time for me to found my own firm. Most mothers support their children’s’ endeavors, but in my case, the help I received was very direct. More than simply encouraging me to start this firm, my mother really stepped up and showed me the elements of the business they don’t teach in law school. She did a lot to help me understand and map
out the overall organization of the firm, although I did find some areas where I actually got to be the teacher. Coming from the days of typewriters and filing cabinets, my mother had a host of new skills to learn in the age of cloud computing. Technical aspects aside, she taught me the most important skill any lawyer can learn: patience. Whether they are hurt in a car accident or run into trouble with the law, people seeking a trial lawyer are understandably anxious. They have questions about timelines, the details of their case, and the outcomes they can expect. Working with so many clients every day, it’s easy for an experienced lawyer to become desensitized to these understandable concerns.
Lucky for me, I had a shining example of the value of patient compassion long before I became a lawyer.
My mother cares deeply about every client who has come to us for help. Her ability to open her heart to others is one of her most admirable qualities and one I strive to embody myself. Still, I admit that several of our clients call me only to ask to be put through to her! Try as I might, I can’t seem to best the master.
Here’s to all the inspiring women in our lives,
Alex R. Hernandez Jr.
More than simply encouraging me to start this firm, my mother really stepped up and showed me the elements of the business they don’t teach in law school.”
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