Earlier I blogged about lawyers working until they drop. In other words, some of us may never completely hang it up. We’ll be retired when we’re literally retired as when we don’t come home some night because we gave up the proverbial ghost, slumped over our computer keyboard. See “From my cold dead hands.” Lawyers work till they drop, others not …
Taking up another cause.
And then there are some who at a ripened age decide to take up another cause. Instead of quitting life, they embody it. Such folk will similarly never retire. In fact, they’re just starting out! Like 79-year old Alice Thomas, a new grad out of Sacramento’s McGeorge Law School who the Sacramento Bee reports graduated last December.
From the news account, it appears Alice Thomas already has a job lined up, too. Like many McGeorge grads, her destination is Northwest Nevada and in her case, Reno.
You have to hand it to her. I admire her gumption and her energy. Law school for those one-third her age isn’t easy. Consider this, she’s accomplished it on the eve of her 8th decade!
Aspirationally, she also deserves kudos for wanting to work with a societal segment under siege, seniors. It doesn’t necessarily take one to know one but you can’t easily dismiss her walked in the same moccasins bonafides.
About now, Alice is doubtless grinding it out preparing to jump her next hurdle, the Nevada Bar Exam. Somehow, I doubt she has much to worry about. I bet she successfully passes the bar on the first try and quickly goes about the business of being a lawyer and as she puts it, nibbling at injustice.
But I hope it’s more than nibbling. I hope she takes a large bite out of injustice’s hindquarters, especially if her work takes her into the realm of elder law issues such as fighting the financial abuse and exploitation of the vulnerable elderly. Given her octagenarian’s vantage point, I can’t help but think she’s going to be a heck of an advocate. God bless her.