Homeschool Legal Defense Association’s newest lawyer knew he wanted to make a difference in America through law. Today on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Farris and Peter Kamakawiwoole discuss how homeschooling prepared Peter to succeed.
Peter, when did you decide to become an attorney?
Well, I started speech and debate when I was 12 years old and I thought, ’Wow, wouldn’t it be cool if I could do this full time?” Also, there’s a tremendous potential for lawyers to not only effect change but also, more importantly, to serve God by serving the needs of others. And so, when I realized, “Hey, I can do both!” by going into law, that’s when I was hooked.
Peter, how well did your homeschool and Patrick Henry College education prepare you for the rigors of law school at Saint Louis University?
More than anything else, I learned how to write. Believe it or not, every law professor I had, lamented as some point during the semester about how terrible the writing was among graduate students. Fortunately, my mom was trained as a teacher and as journalist before that. So, I had a whole lot of emphasis, more than I wanted at the time, on how to do good writing. That really made a mark. When I got to Patrick Henry, I was able to supplement those skills with more practical skills like logic, rhetoric, debate, and moot court. Because of the intense work load at Patrick Henry, I was able to learn diligence and perseverance, which served me well in graduate school. And, of course, taking your Constitutional Law course didn’t hurt at all.>
Peter, you’re a terrific example of homeschool success. I’m Mike Farris.