Law School Comic Book coming soon :) Ever heard of one?
I'm a new law school graduate, and my law student friends said they'd never heard of a law school comic book before. Hope I stumbled across a lucrative project. That'd be helpful in repaying these crippling student loans. Sheesh.
If you'd like to check out my law school comic book, then please PRE-ORDER as soon as you can. In the month of March 2018, I'll send you an Electronic Copy of the book. In the book, you'll read about my humorous observations of law school, from the perspective of an islander and first-generation law student, insight into peopling, and trade secrets on how to survive law school.
Click on the link below to pre-order:
Below is a teaser/preview of my upcoming comic book:
I'm a Tongan law school graduate who graduated in December 2017. That's something no one can take away!
Currently, I'm preparing for the February 2018 Bar Exam. It's a daunting challenge, but with hard work, extra preparation, and the strength of our ancestors, I will prevail.
Wish me luck!
Tongan in San Diego
Earlier this year (April 5, 2017), I had the pleasure of working with La Raza in co-organizing a big Immigration Symposium. Through the co-presidency of Maria and I, Pasifika Law Students attached our name to the immigration symposium.
La Raza student org taught me the valuable lesson of People Power! Through them, we were able to reach more students and attorneys to attend our event. Thanks to their strong brand, leadership, and the care of their community, we had a great turn out.
I did reach out to the Polynesian/Pacific leadership in San Diego. But I was not able to get anyone from our community to attend. (Maybe next time.) I wasn't discouraged because change takes time. Pasifika Law Students in San Diego is a founding chapter so it'll take time for us to spread the word.
The reason Maria and I believed that "immigration" is an important Pacific Islander issue is because many pacific islanders are immigrants, and a good portion of us are undocumented. Although Native Hawaiian, Native Samoan, Native Chamorro are indigenous to their territories occupied by the U.S., the other pacific islanders in the U.S. are not indigenous and therefore immigrants if they are not born in the U.S. Some islanders have concerns about immigration under the new administration. This event would have helped answer those questions because the panelists included federal attorneys and immigration attorneys.
When you need a solution, sometimes it's best to create it yourself! :)
After unsuccessful searches for support of Pasifika law students in San Diego, my friends and I founded the FIRST law student org in the U.S. to support Polynesian, Melanesian, Micronesian law students and Pasifika issues that intersect with the law. That's right! We are the FOUNDING CHAPTER of Pasifika in the U.S.A. The chapter was born in September 2016.
Our org is called, "Pasifika Law Students." I love it! The acronym spells out PLS, and it's pronounced "pulse" like a heart beat.
We founded the org in September of 2016, and since it's the first of its kind - we have a lot to accomplish. We've been networking in San Diego (because that's where our law school is located), trying to get the word out to various islander communities, and we held our first event too. Our event raised awareness about Climate Change in the Pacific.
The lesson in this story is that sometimes the lack of a resource presents the OPPORTUNITY to create that resource! My student org is that resource for poly, micro, mela law students :)
Another go at researching Polynesian law students to connect with brought me limited results.
But expanding my search outside of the US led me to an article on "Pacific Career Role Models" which provided brief bios of Pasifika law students and graduates.
Check it out:
I'm very proud to be the only Tongan law student I know, and yet there is a sadness in not seeing my peers at school or in the legal community. I am attending an accredited law school and continue to network with other people of color.
On a hunch I decided to google "Polynesian law students", and I bumped into this link from 2013 that listed articles on Pasifika law students in New Zealand. Not being able to find information on Polynesian law students in the U.S., I'm happy to collect info wherever I can find.
If you are Polynesian and are considering going into law, you should check out this link:
I am the daughter of a Samoan father and a Tongan mother.
It’s important for me to mention especially as I network within ethnic forums of my Samoan and Tongan groups. I feel a kinship with both cultures now that I’m an adult.
I know that ethnicity plays a strong role in our Polynesian identity especially as we globalize. We have to represent our people as well as our individual selves. For those of you who identify with multiple ethnicities, I’m sure you can relate to the complexities of choosing.
I decided not to choose to identify solely as a Samoan or solely as a Tongan because neither would be true for me. I’m both. And as a Californian, my socioeconomic status distinguished me more so than ethnicity. Not to mention, sometimes Americans can’t tell islanders apart let alone a yellow faced girl with curly hair from another yellow faced girl with curly hair.
Growing more and more comfortable within my skin, I’ve taken more ownership of being a proud Samoan and being a proud Tongan. I don’t feel half of anything. I feel twice as capable.
Audre Lorde says, “If you didn’t define yourself for yourself, you’d be crunched into other people’s fantasies of you and eaten alive.”
I take this decision to define myself, and peace in my spirit, as I pursue higher education in social justice, and as I freelance as a writer and visual artist.
I'm a Tongan law student in San Diego, and just made 2L (Second Year). Woop Woop!!
Going part time so it's going to be awhile, but hoping to connect the poly community with the legal community. Our people in the diaspora are limited in resources. Knowing first hand the challenges of obtaining mentors and tools, I hope to share some of my opportunities with the community. Maybe inviting polys to legal community events? We shall see. I'm still new in town so going to reach out to poly community orgs. I can only invite. Hope they accept.
When I was a pre-law college student and even when I was a hopeful high school student, I wish I had a Tongan law student to answer my questions or show me the ropes. I never found that person. But maybe I can start a new trend?