He’s been on death row (as a lawyer). He’s clerked for Supreme Court Justice Susan Glazebrook. And now he’s graduated from Harvard Law. So how did lawyer Andrew Row beat a disability to become a Harvard law graduate??
In a Facebook post following his graduation from Harvard Law School this week, he said he never contemplated law as a career because of two significant obstacles.
As he wrote:
As to the spoken word, I suffered a serious stutter into my teenage years that abated with intensive speech therapy; as to the written word, I struggled with English in high school and failed English in my junior year. Thus, law, which is the craft of mastering both the written and spoken word, was never seen as a viable career path.
Two years ago the 25 year old he headed to Texas following his stint with Justice Glazebrook, volunteering to work for the University of Houston’s David Dow, who founded the Texas Innocence Network, campaigning for inmates on death row, in particular the death-sparing “crisis appeals”.
Overcoming his speech impediment with speech therapy and continuing to develop a career in the law, he paid tribute to his parents, friends, grandparents and others who helped him reach his current position.
Included in his gratitude was his former boss.
who instilled in me an unappeasable curiosity for the law; and, lastly, my many teachers and professors who got me here. Dreams can come true.
His next career turn will be watched with interest. However overcoming disability or adversity in any way is one of the key signals for career success.