Charline's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Here, There and Everywhere

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New Orleans, LA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 8

  • ON DVD:

CHARLINE WRIGHT-GIPSON

Corporate Lawyer
Davillier Law Group, ILC

“It feels like you're stepping off of a cliff, and it doesn't make any sense, and it's irrational … But that's when you're most alive.”

INTERESTS:

Law

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Perseverance Risk Transitions Desire Self-Reflection Negativity Pride Opportunity Honesty Exploration Support & Encouragement Goals Courage Hard Work

FOUNDATION:

Learning / Challenging Myself Working with Others

TAGS:

accomplishment, adventure, African-American, Bar exam, business, Caribbean, carnival, challenge, college, Cornell University, Courtroom, courts, intervention, Jamaica, Law Firm, lawyer, legal, Prosecutor, value, Woman

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Born in Kingston, Jamaica, moved to Toronto at age 11.
  • One winter, told her mother, “I’m leaving this country as soon as I can support myself.”
  • Got into Cornell University; her parents didn’t know it was a good school, wanted her to stay in Toronto, staged an “intervention.”
  • She took a stand, said to her family, “None of you can tell me how to live because none of you have the life I want.”
  • Knew she couldn’t fold every time her support system faltered, had to make her own way.
  • Set out a strict plan: go to college, go to law school, work for the top law firm, live in this city, make this much money.
  • Hit all of her goals and realized she was unfulfilled; the idea had been much more attractive than the reality.
  • Moved away from the craziness of New York, took a less demanding job in New Orleans.

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