Marsetta Lee, president of the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, talked about the influence of an aspirational family, uplifting role models and a strong work ethic in building a successful career.
Lee is an adjunct instructor at Wilmington University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a former Criminal Justice program coordinator at WilmU’s locations in southern New Jersey.
She spoke in an interview commemorating Black History Month, published in the February issue of the Burlington County (N.J.) Bar Association’s “The Straight Word” newsletter.
“Witnessing the vulnerability of my family and people in general to the legal system motivated me to want to become a lawyer,” she says. “I did not want to be intimidated and I wanted to be able to help and empower others who encounter the legal system.”
She encouraged ascendant lawyers of color to seek authentic mentors, and volunteer their talents and expertise to help others.
“I admonish them to find time to use their law degree for the broader good of society and vulnerable populations,” she said.