Amber Simpson ‘20
I share my story to show that the only limitations you will ever have are the ones you put on yourself.
I am currently a third-year law student at Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL), Chief Justice of the James M. Douglas Board of Advocates (BOA), and a person living with Sickle Cell Anemia.
I was diagnosed with sickle cell as an infant and have suffered through frequent emergency room visits, numerous hospital stays, debilitating pain, and many other physical limitations caused by the disease. The intermittent bouts of pain, often caused by stress, can render a person with sickle cell immobile for extended periods of time. Persons with the disease are often limited in the way that they function in everyday society, but my parents refused to allow me to be defined by any limitations. I worked harder to achieve my goals and never let sickle cell be an excuse for mediocrity. The pivotal point in my educational career came when I decided to forego deferment to the University of Oklahoma and began my freshman year just one week after receiving a life-saving blood transfusion; I have never looked back.
Remeko T. Edwards ‘05
The Honorable Remeko Tranisha Edwards was born in Selma, Alabama. She spent the majority of her childhood in the suburbs of Dallas where she graduated from Lancaster High School in 1994. Remeko began her college education at Prairie View A & M University; however, she received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1998. After graduation, she became an employee of Dallas County as a Juvenile Detention Officer, Court Coordinator, and Probation Officer until 2002.
Remeko received her Juris Doctorate Degree in 2005 from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. Through much prayer, sacrifice, and support from her family and friends, Remeko became licensed to practice law in the State of Texas in November 2005.