Brittan's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Full Circle

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Washington, DC

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 11

BRITTAN HELLER

Human Rights Attorney

“You start off with conviction, something that grabs you. You're not sure what the picture is going to look like in the beginning phases, but as you proceed, you gain speed and suddenly you see the picture start to form.”

INTERESTS:

Law Politics

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fulfillment Goals Planning Success Dedication Determination Education Focus Perseverance Passion Beliefs & Faith Self-Reflection Hard Work Struggle Confidence Family Individualism Societal Pressures Values

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

Afghanistan, college, criminal division, Department of Justice, enormity of loss, field trip, holocaust, human rights, human rights lawyer, international criminal law, international human rights law, Korea, law school, Los Angeles, museum, Museum of Tolerance, paint by numbers, special prosecution, trial attorney, war

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Started down her path when she visited the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
  • The museum has visitors follow the journey of a child through the Holocaust; the child Brittan got shared her last name.
  • Started to realize that behind every atrocity, there are individual people, not just numbers; felt incredibly weighty.
  • Went to law school with the intention of becoming a human rights lawyer, did her fellowships in Korea and Afghanistan
  • Says there are two ways to think about your career: "paint-by-numbers" or "connect the dots."
  • "Paint-by-numbers": You know what you want to do, you take a drawn-out set of steps to reach an end goal.
  • "Connect-the-dots": Start with one interest or idea, then take the next step, without knowing what the final outcome will be.
  • Says she's chosen the "connect-the-dots" method and it's been the right choice, her picture is continually developing.

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