Being a new mom is really tough. Being a new mom and getting your law degree? Now that’s a Supermom! Juliana Lamar had her son Beckham while she was earning her law degree from Belmont University College of Law. Even though she had an emergency C-section, she went back to classes only a week later. With the support of her husband and the love of her son pushing her on, Lamar continued her studies without missing a beat. She graduated from her law program and prepared to be sworn into the State Bar.
The Judge who was scheduled to perform her swearing-in ceremony, Judge Dinkins, was a mentor of Lamar’s and was familiar with how hard she’d worked as a new mother and a law student. On the day of the swearing-in, Judge Dinkins told Lamar he thought her son Beckham should be part of the ceremony. While Lamar took her oath, Judge Dinkins bounced her son on his hip, including him in his mother’s incredible accomplishment.
Supporting Moms Pursuing Their Dreams
A classmate of Lamar’s took a video of Judge Dinkins holding Beckham during Lamar’s swearing-in and posted it on Twitter.
The video quickly went viral and started a conversation about the ways that we as a society can support moms who are working toward their career goals. Many people, like @JLHawkins5, commented on the video saying that they were impressed with the judge’s willingness to support Lamar:”I love him too & I don’t even know him. What a great man & role model.” They also praised him for being so comfortable holding her toddler while performing such a serious task. @SamPiper74 said, “Got the bounce and everything. That’s expert level grandpa right there.”
Since the video went viral, Lamar has spoken out about how lucky she was to get support from Judge Dinkins and other professors while she was pregnant in law school. She said that when she was nine months pregnant, Judge Dinkins told her he was proud of her and that she would accomplish great things even while juggling her career and motherhood.
But Many Moms Don’t Get The Support They Need
Unfortunately, not all women who are pursuing degrees or working outside the home get the kind of support that Judge Dinkins gave Juliana Lamar by encouraging her while she was pregnant and holding her son while she took her oath. More often than not, women are forced to choose between the things their careers require of them and being a mom.
Lamar has used the spotlight from the viral video to talk about how we can better support mothers who are pursuing their dreams. Lamar said that she desperately needed the support Judge Dinkins and other professors gave her because being pregnant and having a kid while in law school was incredibly hard. She went back to class only a week after her emergency C-section because her law program had a strict policy about the number of classes she could miss. Even though she wasn’t recovered from surgery, she’d fail her classes if she took off more time.
“The pressure I felt was horrible, and I hope it has led my law school to rethink its policies for future mothers,” Lamar said. “I understand having a child during law school is often a choice — however, as young female professionals, there is not a perfect time for us to have children.”
Lamar’s comments bring attention to what many working women or women pursuing their degrees have to go through after giving birth. Many women can’t get the time off work or from their classes to properly recover from childbirth. So, they just soldier through like the supermoms they are.
This heartwarming story is definitely an opportunity to recognize all the amazing things moms do every day, especially the ones who are pursuing their dreams.
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