Jonathan Berger as an Ally for Women (runtime 1:59) - Attorney Jonathan Berger recounts when he advised a single mother of special-needs children, and how she not only won her case on her own, but also became an advocate.
So I had a matter in Virginia. There was a mother; she had approximately three or four children. She was in college, and she didn’t have any money. And she had a special education matter in Virginia. And she asked me for help.
Now I wasn’t going to charge her, because she really didn’t have any money. So I said to her, ‘I will work with you – I will teach you how to do your first trial.’ Because she was going up against a lawyer, who was from among the top law schools in the country, and was at a good firm in Virginia.
So she was nervous, so I said, ‘I will work with you, I will teach you how to try a case. But you have to work with me, you will have to put the evidence together, we will work together.’ So we spent many, many, many hours…
And she won the trial.
She beat the lawyer during the hearing. And she not only beat him, she basically slaughtered him because they had to stop it for other reasons. And that was great for me, because here was someone who didn’t go to law school. She was in college. It was brilliant.
I knew she was brilliant because she did something that she never thought she would be able to do. And not only did she win this hearing against a very good lawyer, who was probably pretty embarrassed that he lost to a mother of four who was still in college with a sever dyslexia problem.
She didn’t stop there. She kept going. She created a new organization to help other families whose kids have special needs. And she started up this organization and she managed to help approximately 5, 6 more kids who have issues with the schools, and she kept going. She’s now doing it as we speak. And that impact – that made me so proud because I was helping someone do good.