Latricia Scott Adams was inspired to join the legal field after learning about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. She uses his example in her work at the Volunteer Attorney Project, which helps low-income clients seek legal representation through a network of more than 600 volunteer attorneys.
What are your proudest career accomplishments?
For years, new attorneys would ask basic questions about the courts, including locations, processes and proper etiquette. It became important to me to address this important component of legal education. In 2012, the Volunteer Attorney Project in collaboration with the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Bar Leadership Academy created the Introduction to the: “What they didn’t teach you in law school” CLE program. With the support of KCMBA’s Young Lawyers Section, circuit court judges and court personnel, this annual program has become quite successful. I am very proud to have participated in the creation of such an important program.
What is the best advice you have given or received?
When I was a teen, in the midst of my girlfriends and I criticizing the actions of another, one of my dear friends stopped and said, “My mother told me that different people just do things differently.” Not only did that halt our criticism, but from that day forward, it prevented me from being so critical of others. Throughout the years, I’ve also shared that statement with others and stopped their being unfairly judgmental.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I’ve been a fan of square dancing since learning it in my seventh-grade gym class. As years have gone by, however, the opportunities for square dancing have been few and far between.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
At five, my mother enrolled me in dance classes where I learned ballet, tap and modern dance. I immediately fell in love with dance. By the age of seven, however, I decided that recital performances were a bit overwhelming. So, I decided to work behind the scenes and become a dance choreographer. During my middle school and high school years, I actually choreographed dance routines for others, but then life happened and my priorities changed.