I was delighted to learn this weekend that Temple Law’s National Trial Team swept the Region III championship and will advance to the National round, held in Austin from March 26-30. Click here for the details about their victory and what comes next.
I was particularly excited to note that Temple Law was represented by four outstanding women – Emilia McKee Vassallo, Caroline Power, Britt Walden, and Michelle Ashcroft. Each one is a powerhouse in her own right and I’m told that together they are simply astonishing. It goes without saying that I am immensely proud of what they’ve accomplished so far and confident that there’s a lot more to come.
I’m also very encouraged, because I think this means that we are doing something right. I hope it means that we are nurturing the passion, talent, and pride of the women who study law here, because our profession very much needs it – and them. I hope it means that we are witnessing the evolution of our profession into one in which success begins with passion, not privilege. And I hope it means that we are going to welcome many, many more women – and their passion, talent, and pride – to the fold.
So – to Emilia, Caroline, Britt, and Michelle – congratulations and thank you. Your success reminds all of us – even those not fortunate enough to compete for a national title — what we can accomplish with passion, perseverance, preparation and plain old hard work. No matter the setting, your work is an example to us all.