As a third generation attorney in my family, I learned from a young age that I wanted to go to law school—that is, of course, after I realized that playing with Barbies was not a career path. While I come from a big family of lawyers, and a grandpa who ultimately became a judge, I am a first generation family law litigator. My story is not about how I become a lawyer; my story is about how I found passion in an a particular area of law. For those of you who are attorneys, or are on the path to becoming an attorney, you have probably heard at some point to stay away from family law and child custody in general: It is “too messy,” it is “emotional,” it is “draining work.” Thankfully, I ignored that advice. Child Custody matters are clearly not for everyone-but for me, they are my calling. I have always had a strong inner impulse to help children and to help families deal with tough circumstances. As such, I trusted my instincts and have devoted a significant amount of my practice to child custody. I found out very quickly that child custody is challenging—but it is also deeply rewarding, has provided me with an ability to continuously make a positive impact on families, and has given me an opportunity to help, even if just a little, every day. I am very happy with my choice. My advice to those of you thinking about going to law school, and to those of you attorneys contemplating a new area of law, is to follow your heart, to be cautious of who you accept advice from, and to trust your intuition in finding your path.
Samantha McBride, Esq.