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Memphis lawyer gives back to minority-focused internship

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“Meeting someone who looks like you makes a difference,” said Brooke Benjamin, a lawyer at Memphis, who is now giving back to where she started.

Memphis, Tennessee — It’s interesting how everything in life goes around completely.

This is the case for a Memphis lawyer who has started a local internship program and is now giving back to others.

Every moment turns the pages of the book of life.

“Think about reading a book. What really stands out is the climax or setpoint. What happens when a person faces adversity and what happens afterwards,” said Brook Benjamin, a lawyer at Butler Snow LLP. That’s what makes a beautiful story. ”

Benjamin’s story is one of both trials and victories. Benjamin was in his third year of high school in 2011 and participated in the Memphis Bar Association’s Summer Law Internship Program (also known as SLIP). This is a program for minorities who are interested in law.

“I can’t remember exactly what caught my interest in high school,” she said. [and] I’ve never seen anyone like me in that situation. Meeting someone who looks like you makes a difference. “

It’s a difference to keep Benjamin motivated.

“One of my mentors, still my mentor today, was Nicole Grida, who I met in the process,” she said.

The connection helped because the exciting times of her life turned into one of her most difficult challenges.

“In the meantime, my mother was ill when I was an intern. Shortly thereafter, she actually died that summer. Losing parents, losing people nearby, and various forms of adversity in life. It’s never easy to face, but it’s life. “

The page keeps turning. Benjamin advanced the SLIP chapter with the help of mentor Nicole Grida.

“She was a really good mentor. I made sure she was always close when I needed it and when my family needed it,” Benjamin said.

Staying in the program gave her the legal experience she needed.

“It’s still great to be able to go to court in particular. It’s easy to meet the judge and see what’s going on in the testimony,” she said.

Now, after graduating from the University of Memphis, the Olemis Law School, and the University of Florida, Benjamin has achieved his goal.

“I’m a trading lawyer, so I’m doing real estate,” Benjamin said. “When I was young, I told my mother that I was going to be a lawyer … I think she’s very proud or very happy. Again, I’m someone else’s. I hope I’m not just a mentor, I’m pouring into my brother. “

When another chapter opens, Benjamin’s story goes around.

“It’s awesome, it’s hard to believe I’m on the other side right now. I’m on the board of the program,” she said.

She is now pouring what the program has poured on her into others.

“Take only one day at a time. See? Life is not a sprint,” she said. “It’s a marathon and a journey. Most importantly, it’s your journey … make it your journey.”