That commitment shows up every day in Thao’s work.
How and when did you know you wanted to study law and pursue it as a career?
I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I took the LSAT prep course as a senior in college, and I soon realized that a way to change things is through the legal profession. I happened to get a job at a law firm right out of college, and that gave me the confidence that I could do this.
What do you find the most rewarding or love best about working in the legal profession?
The pursuit of justice, as cliché as that sounds. Lawyers are there to help us resolve disputes peacefully. But underlying each dispute is determining what’s right and fair. We’re arbiters of peace.
What inspires you and motivates you to achieve your goals?
My family. They’re always there, and I’m the first lawyer in the family. I want them to be proud of me. Also, seeing that people’s rights are upheld. It isn’t just a profession for me.
What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?
Aim for the moon, because even if you miss it, you’ll be among the stars.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I like to sing and play guitar. It’s a meditative thing for me.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Anything to get outdoors — golf, disc golf, fishing.
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