What advice can you give women seeking careers in the legal profession?
Don't make the decision to go to law school lightly. Law school is expensive and a huge time commitment, so don't apply just because you graduated with a political science degree and don't know what to do with it. If you're thinking about going to law school, try interning or working for a law firm first, so you have a better idea of what the practice actually involves. That way, you can decide if you like it or not before you spend three years of your life working like crazy and incurring huge loans. At least in my experience, it's nothing like Suits (on the USA Network). If you become a civil litigator, you will spend most of your day researching the law and writing — pleadings, motions, correspondence, agreements, etc. Don't get me wrong, it's a noble profession and a very rewarding job. Every day brings something new and exciting, but it's hard work.
Also, this probably goes without saying, but keep your grades up. The better you do in undergrad and law school, the more doors will be open to you. You want to be able to have the discretion to pick the practice area and law firm that interests you the most.
Let's talk about your home! You currently live in a 1923 craftsman home in Houston. Tell us what you went through while looking for your place. Do you rent or own? How long have you been there?
We bought the house about 16 months ago. We live in the Houston Heights, a neighborhood just northwest of downtown. It’s an older neighborhood with great character that has become pretty popular with working professionals in their 20s and 30s. We hoped to find a house in the area, but we expected to spend months and months looking and losing bids, because the housing market in Houston has been so competitive the past few years. Miraculously we found our house after only six days of looking! It had been on the market for almost a year and had some truly hideous paint and fixtures, but the bones were just right. We knew that, with some relatively minor cosmetic changes, we could return it to its 1920s charm.