Elizabeth Skym is a WIL member from Topeka, Kansas (originally from Kirksville, Missouri). She started law school as Washburn University School of Law in January 2015. Thanks, Elizabeth, for answering our questions!
What is your area of specialty? Prior to law school, I worked for Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services as an Advocacy Specialist. I advocated for individuals with disabilities in the areas of special education, least restrictive environment, denial of services from state agencies like Vocational Rehabilitation or Medicaid, and Social Security disability appeals as a non-attorney representative.
Where did you get your undergraduate and law degrees? I obtained my undergraduate degree from Buena Vista University and I am currently attending Washburn University School of Law.
What do you enjoy most about what you do? I chose to go back to school after working for the last 8 years at Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services. I loved working with the clients and my coworkers, but I knew that I needed a law degree.
Has your path in law differed from your original expectations? If so, in what way? I have waited until I felt the time was right for me to go back to school. I am a single mother of two children. I never dreamed of going back to school at my age!
What are your future professional goals? I am not sure if I will continue in the field of civil rights for individuals with disabilities after law school, but I want to serve and help those who may not have otherwise have access to legal assistance.
Tell us about your family. I’m a single mom of a 15-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son.
What advice would you give to other women either interested or already working in the law? My advice is to go to law school when you feel the time is right. I have seen so many little mercies and blessings fall into place at this time in my life. I do not believe these blessings would have been available five or ten years ago.