Determination and tenacity describe Marcia and appear to be the catalysts that led her to pursue law school in mid-life. Her desire for a new direction and to expand her world pointed her to a career in legal aide where she learned how to be a lawyer (something not taught in law school). It was there that she discovered what was considered to be her “ah-ha moment that law is built on life!” Along with fellow UM alumnae, Sharon Langer, Marcia was an integral part of the formation of Casa Valentina, a refuge for aged out foster children. Her commitment is to help young adults abandoned by the system by teaching them self-respect and dignity, as well as offering shelter and job preparedness. Casa V provides them the life skills required to break the cycle of the streets and teaches them the necessary coping mechanisms to make their way in society.