Initial Interest in Law

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But when I went to the University of Hawaii and I learned that I was given a scholarship because of Title IX, and I thought I ended up studying to be a Japanese English interpreter.

That's what I was planning to do. I was thinking, Oh, I think I want to go to the United Nations and be a Japanese English interpreter. But as I progressed in law school, I started thinking, you know - I'm sorry - as I progressed in college, I started thinking, I don't really just want to interpret what other people are saying.

I think I want to have a voice and also to give other people a voice, especially when I learned about Title IX and how this one Japanese-American woman congressperson was able to make such a big difference in the lives of so many people, including me. And I learned about the power of the law.

Also when I was a junior, one of my friends who played volleyball for the University of Hawaii and was the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the University of Hawaii, started law school.

And I remember thinking, wow, athletes can go to law school. And that's when I started thinking, I think I might consider it. And but it wasn't until my senior year in college that I seriously considered applying to law school.

Date: July 14, 2022
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Lana Kobayashi
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum; Japanese American Bar Association

Law Patsy Takemoto Mink Title IX University of Hawaii

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