The time I spent as an intern at OJPC and a student of the Chase Constitutional Litigation Clinic has helped establish a firm foundation on which to build my career, and has opened my eyes to the reality of people. When I first joined the Clinic, I wasn’t sure how I felt about representing prisoners. I was hesitant. The most important lesson I learned from OJPC was that prisoners are people, too. They have feelings that matter. They have families, parents, children, and others who love them. Our Creator loves them.
We should love them. While I do not begin to try to compare my suffering to that of those imprisoned, I do think that the hardest prison from which to escape is our mind. We must set aside the biases, prejudices, and predispositions that we all harbor in our minds, and sadly, in our hearts.
Last summer, I was offered the opportunity of a lifetime. Professor David Singleton asked me to argue an OJPC case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
David provided the necessary guidance one expects from a veteran attorney. He is a tireless and talented mentor and sacrificed hours of his time as we prepared to fight for the Estate of Mr. Greg Stamper. The experience changed me, it strengthened my confidence, and opened my eyes to the arduous road many prisoners must travel to find justice.
Working with David, other Chase Law faculty, OJPC staff, and fellow interns taught me about the importance of responsibility, collaboration, and teamwork. I felt such pride as I presented oral arguments before the Sixth Circuit.
We all wanted justice for Greg. Appearing before this court was an awe-inspiring and sobering experience. I consider myself blessed to have been a small part of gaining a successful judgment in the case. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for which I have OJPC to thank.