my honey, the lawyer

well he did it! after 3 years of juggling law school at denver university, flying for united to pay the bills, 5 kiddos & a crazy busy pastor wife, jose graduated yesterday. yeah! next up: taking the bar exam on july 31st and then it’s really, really over.  i have to say, he did it with grace & style.  after the ceremony yesterday we had a big celebration with a bunch of friends & family at a cool indoor beach volleyball spot.  it was so fun in all kinds of wonderful ways.  a highlight: my father-in-law surprised us all with a mariachi band. 

a little backstory is that jose’s parents immigrated to the US from el salvador when he was 4 years old.  they have a lovely story of starting with barely nothing and working hard over the years to create a life here.   they are proud of both countries.  jose is an only child and went to the naval academy right after high school to make his mommy happy.  he became a pilot & flew for the navy until 1997 when he got hired by united airlines.  in 2004 he was preparing for his 20 year high school reunion & looking at our high school yearbook with the kids.  in the yearbook was a little blurb “what are some of your dreams for your future?” and he had written “go to UCLA law school and become a lawyer.”  the kids were wondering what happened to that dream, and jose realized he had completely forgotten it (sound familiar?).  the fun part is that it opened up a crack in his heart and he started to ask “i wonder if i should go for it?”  he started walking through the process of seeing what might be possible.  nine months & lots of little steps later, he ended up with a full-ride to denver university on a social justice scholarship and basically there was no turning back. 

the most beautiful part is that in the past few years he has developed an even bigger heart for advocating for the marginalized.  he interned at the equal opportunity employment commission & also milehigh ministries’ justice and mercy legal action center (JAMLAC) and really just loved the people & work. now that he’s done, he’ll keep flying for united to pay the bills and then can offer his time & heart at JAMLAC representing people who normally wouldn’t have access to a lawyer.  he is so good at caring and communicating and i am already so relieved to have at least a good first contact for the many people i come across in look of legal help who can’t exactly pay $250 an hour!

ps: if it sounds like i’m bragging, yep, i sure am. sorry i can’t help it! someone’s gotta do it because he won’t.

pps: the pic is of our family, my inlaws & my mom.  yes, there’s no doubt in my mind, it really does take a village!

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Kathy Escobar

Kathy Escobar co-pastors at The Refuge, a Christian community and mission center in North Denver and is the author of Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart and several other books.

11 Comments

  • wow!!!! that was a lot of fun. so glad to be grafted into the escobar family. what an awesome guy jose is. going to school for three years, just so he could help others. i’m so proud of you, buddy. and i’m guessing God is too.

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  • That is so beautiful! That kind of sacrifice to help others is so amazing and rare. Hubby and I will raise a toast to Jose and all the beautiful folks like him out there. I’m glad you bragged on him!

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  • yeah, gotta say that he rocks!! love that he’s committed to the poor, so many do this stuff to make the “big bucks.” good thing he already has that…ha ha…much love.

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  • mike – you being grafted into our family has been the greatest gift in the past few years. love ya and thanks for all you bring to us!

    erin – it is kind of fun, isn’t it? the thought of really truly pursuing a dream…

    tracy – thanks for your continued encouragement. i hope we get to hang out with you and rich one of these days!

    eb – thanks for the love

    sam – it’s so funny because so many people are like “wow, jose’s going to make a lot of money now” and i just smile. glad you and your fam are part of our journey. your heart for the marginalized & broken infects us in more ways than you know.

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  • WOW! Congrats! That is one of the most inspiring stories I’ve heard in a long time! And so cool that he is doing it for the RIGHT reasons…to fulfill a dream AND to help those most in need. Glad I stumbled on your blog 🙂 And brag away…you have good reasons!! LOL!

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  • Kathy,

    I was wondering where the Escobar came from in your name; now I know; mis felicitaciones a Jose y bien hecho….

    un hermano latino (brasilenio)

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