Columbia Law School Campaign: We Were There


I love being able to learn how other
people live their lives. I’ve been to 43 countries so far. I feel a very strong
sense of urgency and of purpose to improve society and make it more just. When I was 10 years old I got involved in political campaigns. I wanted to go to
law school to help protect the right to vote. I was advising some of the biggest
corporations out there doing tax consulting, and I thought: all right
what’s next? Corporate law just fascinated me. Growing up, my father would be pulled over by the police and referred to as
boy. I remember the first time I was called the n-word. As a kid, I wanted to
rectify this societal problem. When I found out that I got into
Columbia, I can’t even describe the joy that I felt. I probably called everyone I knew. To be walking in these halls is quite humbling. We are a force in the world. We were there when history was made. We are leaders and changemakers. To me, Constance Baker Motley defines what it
means to break barriers. She drafted the first complaint in Brown versus Board of Education. Harvey Goldschmid was an absolutely
fierce defender of shareholder rights, and I sincerely hope that one day I can
do the same. You can start here a student and you can become a justice on the U.S.
Supreme Court. Harlan Fiske Stone enabled a minimum wage. Stone’s bold stance is
very inspiring to me. Lou Henkin is considered to be the forefather of human
rights law and I’ve been following his legacy. The movement continues to build
and expand in ways that he might not have seen coming. To be surrounded by these students is
inspiring. To really be a part of change. To protect this project of our democracy. Advocating for those that don’t have a seat at the table. We have a responsibility. It’s now or never. In the moments that matter we are called upon to really make an impact. We are Columbia Law.

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