Compassion and Focus Have Guided Judge Tara Doss to a Seat on the Bench – BtG 014

Compassion and Focus Have Guided Judge Tara Doss to a Seat on the Bench – BtG 014

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Tara Doss

Administrative Law Judge for Office of Administrative Hearings

What You Will Learn

  • Grew up in a family of lawyers
  • Mentorship started at home with father as mentor
  • For direction and advice, give guidance and let the child make his or her own decisions
  • Making reasoned decisions in the present and live with less regret
  • There’s a path out of law school other than a big law firm
  • Can serve the public interest doing public interest law
    • It takes compassion to help advocate for families with children with special needs
    • Have to be compassionate and nonjudgemental in public interest law because clients may not have made best choices
    • You serve as a client’s social worker and counselor as well as lawyer
  • Starting her own private law firm took money and a business plan
  • Approach situations when there is a dispute about a child between parents and school with a collaborative spirit to give a greater chance of success
  • Administrative law court is a quicker more accessible way to get justice for families than the traditional route
  • A judge’s job is to apply the law, not right every wrong
  • It’s important to find mentorship – inside of your organization if possible, outside if not

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TQ Senkungu

I'm a husband, father of 3 boys, Christian, and man who learned from my parents early on that there is so much we can do to help others. My experience from the USAF Academy, serving in the military, working in my own business, as well as corporate, has taught me a ton about leadership and developing others and Breaking the Glass is a legacy project to pull all of those experiences together and give back.

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Tara Doss

Administrative Law Judge for Office of Administrative Hearings

Links and Resources

  • University of Michigan
  • USC School of Law
  • Public interest law
  • Creating a business plan
  • Administrative Law Judge
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Signs to recognize your child has special needs
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Overidentification of young Black males in special education
  • Mediation
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Black Women’s Lawyers Association