Posted on February 01, 2017
by Alyson Jones, FPDS parent
I am excited to have the opportunity to write for the FPDS blog. My career and my faith are such a large part of my life, and I enjoy sharing my story.
I am from Knoxville, Tennessee, although originally I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. I attended Ole Miss for college and the University of Tennessee for law school. I have been a lawyer for over 13 years. After college, I went straight to law school. My father is a lawyer and has always been my role model. He was born in Cuba and came to the United States when he was 11, and he epitomizes the word “work-ethic.” I can honestly say that I have always wanted to be a lawyer, at first, because I wanted to be like him, and then later, because it truly is a rewarding and challenging career.
The thing that I enjoy most about being a lawyer is solving people’s problems. There are two sides to every problem. As a lawyer, I get to analyze both sides and then come up with the best way to argue one side. Also, every day that I come to work, something new develops. As a lawyer, I am constantly learning because the law is always changing. I like this challenge.
If you believe you may be interested in being a lawyer, the best thing to do is to expose yourself to someone that is a lawyer. Even in high school, I used my school mentoring program to partner with a lawyer. There are a lot of different types of law, so as much exposure as you can gain to various areas; the more confident you will be in your calling.
I was asked to also comment on how God has played a role in my career. It is important to me that I have a strong foundation of morals and ethics and, for me, that comes from my relationship with God. Lawyers are expected to act with integrity and honesty. By having a strong spiritual ground to stand on, I feel that I am a better lawyer. I strive to work so that God has a hand in every piece of advice I give, in the way I interact with others, and in my daily actions.
This is true for the way I conduct myself in my career, but also in life. I am still learning every day how to be a good steward and serve Christ. I have found that having my children in a Christian environment at FPDS has challenged my commitment to my faith and is allowing me to become even more conscious of my actions. What I love and think is unique about FPDS is that you have the ability to partner with the school not just in academics and extracurricular activities but also in your child’s walk with Christ.