Jamie Duitz Quient, 28, chose a legal career because of her mother.
"I became an attorney because I grew up with a single mom and learned that knowledge of the law is power," she said. "We often encountered landlords that took advantage of the fact that my mom did not know her legal rights.
"I now intend to use my legal education to help protect the legal rights of others. I work toward this goal every day in my work in private practice and through my pro bono work."
Quient—an associate at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP who recently completed a prestigious clerkship with the San Diego-based U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California—said she hopes to one day become a professor and possibly a judge.
Her mentors have moved her.
"I find daily inspiration from the many mentors in my life," she said. "I am very fortunate to have several accomplished female attorneys helping guide my legal career who provide me with advice and support along the way. I look at their achievements and it drives me to push myself to reach my personal goals."
Advice for young people:
"You can achieve anything you put your mind to as long as you are willing to work hard and stay focused on getting there. Things don't always come easy and there are no shortcuts in life. Everything I have achieved in life has come through hard work, passion and a relentless determination to succeed."