Circulate's new legal intern, Alexis Ledlow has joined us for the summer. We're really excited to have her. Read her intro/spotlight to learn more about her.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Alexis Ledlow. I am from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. For undergraduate school, I attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I currently attend the University of San Diego School of Law, concentrating in business law and interested in public advocacy work. After graduation, I intend to return to the lovely state of North Carolina and pursue my career aspirations there.
Aside from school, my hobbies include painting, hiking, and baking. In North Carolina, I painted murals for a local nonprofit organization and painted for fun. On the weekends, in San Diego, I hike local mountains and preserves, including Mother Miguel Mountain and Los Peñasquitos. If I am not doing one of those activities, I am baking. As a child, it was my dream to own a bakery, so I give into that dream every now and then.
How did you become interested in Circulate San Diego?
With a law degree, one can take many avenues. The traditional career path includes working for a law firm, large or small, and participating in litigation or transactional work. Although I find this interesting, I was curious as to what else is out there. I stumbled upon Circulate San Diego during my job search, and I was intrigued - an opportunity to work in the field of law without a courtroom?! Upon further research and a talk with Colin Parent, I soon realized that this was the perfect opportunity to gain experience in the field of public advocacy. Advocating for the city of San Diego about topics that truly matter and can make a difference meant something to me. It is the perfect blend of research and writing to affect government regulation and raise public awareness of issues commonly ignored. The promotion of topics that can affect an entire city and not just an individual fascinated me.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement was graduating from undergraduate school at the age of 19. In high school, I received my Associate’s degree and high school diploma at the same time, which allowed me to complete undergrad in only two years. This allowed me to start law school at the age of 19 as well. It is what I am most proud of.
If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
If I could choose anyone as a mentor, then it would have to be Walt Disney. Walt struggled in his endeavor to create cartoons, movies, and the park itself, yet he never gave up. Walt believed that “all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Some of his ideas and cartoons were stolen, and he almost went bankrupt. A plethora of obstacles and people wanted him to fail, but he believed in himself, even if that meant he was the only one who did. His tenacity, perseverance, and imagination is something to be admired. I think he could help me overcome my fears, doubts, and hardships.
Why are you most excited to be part of Circulate San Diego?
I am most excited to be a part of Circulate San Diego because of the people. The individuals who work here actually care about their jobs; they have passion. The dynamic and work environment is welcoming and uplifting. It is lovely to work with people who work towards the same goal and have similar aspirations - that is hard to find.