“After some meaningful experiences working with children in inner-city communities, I knew that was the demographic I wanted to devote my life to helping,” Erin Seagears said. (Photo by Julia Davis) rin Seagears, a University of Virginia School law student, put her undergraduate plans for dental school on hold permanently to help children in need of a lawyer.

Inspired by her religious beliefs, a summer internship and her clinical work at the UVA School of Law, Seagears hopes to use her law degree to defend children in court after graduating next spring.

The Gainesville native earned a bachelor’s degree in political and social thought from UVA, and after enrolling in law school, worked with the Legal Aid Justice Center’s JustChildren program as a summer Public Interest Law Association intern in 2018.

In the occasional UVA Law series “Star Witness,” Seagears talked to UVA Law about her legal work with children and being a life coach.

Q. Tell us something about your life before law school.

A. One thing that has always been a big part of my life is music, specifically singing. My entire family sings – my parents even made a record together, titled “Promise,” in the ’80s for fun – so that’s definitely where it comes from.

One of my favorite experiences in undergrad was being a part of an a cappella group here at UVA. Throughout law school, I haven’t been super-successful in finding a consistent musical outlet, but I did direct a gospel choir during [her first year of law school].

Q. Why law school?

A. Fun fact: I started college 99% sure I was going to be a dentist. About a month in, I was 99% sure I did not want to be a dentist and only knew that I wanted to “help people.”After some meaningful experiences working with children in inner-city communities, I knew that was the demographic I wanted to devote my life to helping. Still unsure of how to best do that, one night I simply asked God, “What do you want me to do with my life?” and then decided to just read a […]

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