Family Law Attorney
From my experience, nine out of ten times if someone doesn’t look like you or hasn’t had experience, it’s hard to trust you. They can trust us.
“When I was in college, I took an extra credit seminar for my clinical psychology class. This professor focused on mental health work. She talked about her experience of being committed and the mental health system. It was so heartbreaking for me and I wanted to do something about it. It hit me really hard.
Law school wasn’t part of the plan, working in mental health had been the plan all along. But when I shadowed a lawyer, I saw how with law, clients have to navigate a system that changes from person to person. There are different policy levels. The laws are different in each state. There are so many improvements to be made in the US and all over the world, and I wanted to do something with this.
I wanted to do mental health law. I saw how family and housing law issues are related to mental health. It often relates to people’s jobs, too. I began volunteering with the Family Law team with Open Door Legal and saw that it’s related. In Hong Kong where I am from, people don’t talk about mental health. It’s a foreign concept.
Now with Open Door Legal, we do a good job of making everything feel inclusive. It matters that our staff are diverse. The community that comes through our doors are mainly people of color. With clients who have had a prior mental health issue, I know we have to talk to them in a way that makes them feel heard. With our Chinese-speaking clients, their demeanor changes when I speak to them in Chinese.
We do a good job of creating a safe space for our clients. From my experience, nine out of ten times if someone doesn’t look like you or hasn’t had experience, it’s hard to trust you. They can trust us.