"When I am asked what inspired me to become an attorney, and particularly, what attracted me to the area of family law, I like to offer a glimpse into my life and the events that led me to the place I am today.
I’m a middle Tennessee native- born in Nashville and raised in Cookeville. I graduated from
Cookeville High School in 2005 with honors, and from there enrolled in the Sociology program at Tennessee Tech. I chose a non-traditional path, opting to marry and begin a family while pursuing my bachelor’s degree. My first child was born in 2009, and I graduated Cum Laude from Tennessee Tech in 2010.
Until my senior year at TTU, it was my intention to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work
upon completion of my bachelor’s degree. I dreamed of being a social worker so that I could
have a career helping people, and I continue to hold the social work profession in high esteem.
However, I interned with the Legal Aide Society in my senior year, and that changed everything! The Legal Aide Society is a national, not-for-profit organization that provides legal services to low-income people. It was during my internship with Legal Aide that I realized that attorneys were able to effect dramatic changes in the lives of their clients in ways that simply were not possible with social work. My passion has always been helping others, and I realized at that point that a law degree was the perfect avenue for me to make a difference.
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Divorce • Custody • Adoption
Laura Beth Whitley
A Message From Laura:
So, I changed directions and began studying for the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test). I chose to attend the Nashville School of Law because it offered part-time night classes for students unable to commit to a traditional full-time program. I was and continue to be incredibly grateful that the Nashville School of Law makes a legal education possible for working parents.
When I began law school, I had one child and another on the way. My son was born in the middle of my first year! As if attending law school as a mother of small children weren’t already a daunting prospect, my husband and I separated and divorced the very next year. I spent the majority of my legal education as a single working mother of two.
I can’t tell you how many times I was advised to just give up and get a job using my bachelor’s degree, but I wasn’t willing to give up my dream. Instead, I waited tables, moved into income-based housing, and kept pushing forward. My parents were my biggest cheer-leaders and provided me with childcare on the evenings I attended class. It took me six grueling years, but, against all odds, I graduated from law school in December of 2016. I passed the bar exam on my first attempt three short months later.
I am grateful for the struggles that I have lived through. They have made me strong, compassionate and fearless. Having personally walked through a divorce, and later, a custody battle, I know exactly how frightening and overwhelming it can be. Not only do I have the legal expertise to advocate for others, but I am able to relate on a personal level. Family law is absolutely the career I was meant to have. Whether you are in need of a divorce, a modification of a parenting plan, an adoption, or have any other family law matter- please come in for a free consultation to learn how I can help you!"
-Laura Beth Whitley