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AMY PIETROWSKI A Champion for the Voiceless

BY JESSICA STARKS

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in the divorce and was forced to completely start her life over. This personal tragedy led her to step into her next calling, which was law. “After being a schoolteacher, I just wanted to really be a voice for those who couldn’t articulate their voice or who couldn’t afford an attorney,” Pietrowski said. “Just to be one of the few attorneys who have compassion. With my background, it provides me with a lot of life experience. I can empathize with my clients and understand that everyone makes mistakes. It makes me a better lawyer.” So at the age of 40, Pietrowski went back to school for law and graduated in 2013 at the age of 43. Pietrowski specializes in family law, which includes divorce proceedings, child custody/support, and criminal law – tickets, DUIs, and misdemeanors. She also does a lot of public defense in youth court, which gives her more opportunities to inspire young people. “I can talk to children and say, ‘I used to be where you are, but I came out and rose above.’ I tell them where I came from and what challenges I faced,” Pietrowski says. “I could have just given up, but I didn’t. I wanted to make a difference and be able to help people. I wanted to teach people to rise above that and follow their dreams.” She adds. Pietrowski, who already has degrees in psychology, education, and law, would not rule out adding more degrees to her belt: “I love going back to school and getting more education. I’ll probably go back to school for some other degree just because I have a thirst for knowledge.” But what advice does she have for other ladies who wish to seek a career in the male-dominated field of law? “Never, ever give up. Nothing worth obtaining comes easy. There will be obstacles trying to get in your way, but eventually, you will come out on the other side.” L

upelo Attorney Amy Pietrowski rose above some of the hardest situations in life to help others find a way out of similar situations. “Your future isn’t dictated by your past. You can rise above and make something positive out of the negative things that happen in your life.” Pietrowski says. Coming from humble beginnings. The Detroit, Michigan native grew up in the foster care system and was adopted at the age of six. Despite her finding a family and a way out of the system, she never forgets where she came from. At the age of eighteen, Pietrowski found herself joining the United States Marine Corps as a Communication Adviser, where she stayed for twenty years, even participating in the first Gulf War. After leaving the military, the mother of two wanted to give back and reach out to young people. As a result, she decided to go back to school and become a social worker, where she worked with an intervention group that worked with at-risk kids. This work eventually led her to her third career as a teacher, where she felt she would be able to better reach these children and lead by example. In 2005, she found herself facing another obstacle: divorce. Pietrowski, who struggled to find proper and affordable legal representation, lost everything

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Summer 2017

Lily Magazine Summer 2017  

Lifestyle and business magazine for women of Tupelo

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