Laurie Parise

Attorney Activist


Watch Laurie Parise, attorney and Executive Director of Youth Represent, share how she founded her organization to provide legal representation and assistance to young people from under-served communities. As an advocate for youth in the juvenile justice system, she helps them navigate the legal system and earn a second chance to become a productive member of society. She previously worked helping indigenous people with land rights at the Rainforest Foundation, and decided to become a lawyer after one of her mentors there suggested that she should consider earning a law degree. Her advice to girls is that life is long and you don’t have to be tied down to just one path or idea. It is okay to get a degree in one subject, work in that field and then later decide to do something else you might discover to be fulfilling.

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