Dissents speak to a future age. – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I didn’t always know I wanted to be a lawyer. I wanted to be a social worker that worked with kids or in prisons. In college I took a number of classes focused on all sorts of discrimination – race, gender, religion, wealth, and they resonated with me. I think I realized that life is a coin toss and for a subset of people it’s structured to land heads down. My goal was always to put myself in a position where I could have an impact and I figured law school was a start.
I grew up between Bridgeport and Trumbull and bounced between both school systems. I became very invested in education inequality and its relationship to crime. I have grandparents who immigrated from Ecuador and while they remind me that nothing worth having comes without hard work, my mom taught me that the line between a “good” and “bad” person is very faint. The choices people make boil down to the options they have available and the support systems they can rely on. I wanted to be a lawyer because I think there are more so many good people who need support and a voice.
I was fortunate to have a great support system. My dad raised me and my two younger siblings as a single father. So I was raised to understand challenges and, accordingly, to lean into them. The fact that a path may be challenging isn’t a factor I let deter me because rarely is the right choice the easy one.
I like that being a lawyer has taught me to approach issues from a problem-solving mindset. I like that I’m in a position to make substantive differences. I’ve always been a firm believer in speaking up for those who aren’t being heard. Being a lawyer allows you do just that, in fact it’s the entire job.
I like criminal defense attorneys and post-conviction work most because they act as a check on the legal process and ensure its integrity. They work to keep it honest by challenging it.
When I am not fighting for my clients, I like spending time with my family and working on volunteer projects, such as working with the Red Cross, tutoring, attending benefit walks, and feeding the homeless.
Attorney Erazo joins our team to work with criminal defense and post-conviction cases.
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