People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do anything. When they believe in themselves, they have the first secret of success.


– Norman Vincent Peale, Author, The Power of Positive Thinking

Being the first - the first family member to go to college, law school, or medical school; the first woman jurist; the first minority president; and the first openly gay mayor. These “firsts” take pride in that title, and for good reason. They open doors for those who come after them. Oftentimes, it took significant effort to break down barriers to get where they are today. That is, for most “firsts,” they took the road less traveled and it was hard.

People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves, they have the first secret of success.


– Norman Vincent Peale, Author, The Power of Positive Thinking

Being the first - the first family member to go to college, law school, or medical school; the first woman jurist; the first minority president; and the first openly gay mayor. These “firsts” take pride in that title, and for good reason. They open doors for those who come after them. Oftentimes, it took significant effort to break down barriers to get where they are today. That is, for most “firsts,” they took the road less traveled and it was hard.

No matter your background, socioeconomic status, racial, ethnic, or gender, if you want to be a lawyer, you can. On this website, you will find the stories of many lawyers who were the first in his/her family to go to law school. They became trailblazers, making significant impacts in Texas and around the country. Listen and learn from these stories. If you want to seek a legal career, don’t let anything stop you.

You Can Be A Lawyer

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton was born October 26, 1947. The daughter of World War II veteran Hugh (manager of a small textile business) and Dorothy (a homemaker) Rodham, she was raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Dorothy encouraged her to have an independent professional career, and even her traditional father made it clear that he believed her career should not be limited by her gender.

As a child, Clinton was involved in sports, Girl Scouts and the United Methodist Church. Clinton was raised a Republican and campaigned for presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in 1964. Her early political career was inspired by her high school history teacher, a fervent anti-communist (like her father). Clinton developed a lifelong passion for social justice, sparked when she attended a MLK speech with her youth minister.

Clinton enrolled in Wellesley College in 1965 as a political science major. She began college as a Republican, but her political leanings changed as she observed the progression of the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1969. She enrolled at Yale Law School after college, one of 27 women in her class. Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton met and began dating in law school. During law school, she took a summer job researching the health and education of migrant farm workers. Clinton was involved in a number programs during, and immediately after law school, which were intended to promote social justice, and the advancement of women and children. After graduating from law school, she did a year of post graduate research. Devoted to social justice, she chose to work for the Children’s Defense Fund, rather than taking a position with a law firm.

Clinton became a member of the impeachment inquiry staff in the spring of 1974 and worked as a lawyer for the congressional committee investigating President Nixon. After President Nixon’s resignation, she moved to Arkansas where she taught criminal law and procedure, trial advocacy and ran the legal aid program – is this two or three items? at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Hillary and Bill Clinton were married October 11, 1975 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Clinton continued working as a lawyer and was the first female associate and first female partner at the Rose Law Firm. In 1977, she co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, one of the first child advocacy groups in the state of Arkansas. Also in 1977, she was appointed part-time chairman of the Legal Services Corporation by President Carter.

When Bill became governor of Arkansas, Clinton’s mission as first lady was to improve education and health care.

Hillary and Bill’s daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1980.

When Bill was elected President, Clinton lead initiatives to make health care affordable to all Americans. She worked with both Republican and Democrats to create the CHIPS program, which revitalized access to health care for children across the United States.

In 2000, Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate, the first female senator elected from the state of New York. She was re-elected in 2006. In 2008, Clinton ran for President, losing to former President Barack Obama in the Democratic primary. After the election, President Obama asked her to serve as his Secretary of State (the 67th). During that time, she visited 112 countries. As secretary of state, Clinton worked to make women’s rights and human rights central talking points of U.S. initiatives.

In 2016, she again ran for President. Clinton was the first woman to receive the nomination of a major U.S political party. Clinton won the popular vote but loss to Republican Donald Trump in the electoral college.

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Hillary Clinton

Barbara Jordan

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No matter your background, socioeconomic status, racial, ethnic, or gender, if you want to be a lawyer, you can. On this website, you will find the stories of many lawyers who were the first in his/her family to go to law school. They became trailblazers, making significant impacts in Texas and around the country. Listen and learn from these stories. If you want to seek a legal career, don’t let anything stop you.

I was the First
Barbara Jordan
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