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Heather Lynn Bard: Marine Wife and 1L [By Mahsa Khalilifar] For Heather Lynn Bard, being a law student has a deeper meaning due to her past.

“I always wanted to follow in my grandpa’s

conversation about cars (a mutual interest),

off for leave,” Bard says. “He isn’t overseas,

footsteps. He was a cop,” she says of her

phone numbers were exchanged. Years later,

but it is still nerve-wracking because he can

choice to head in the direction of justice.

they got in touch online and began officially

get sent off at most any time, and unlike

dating. They were married in July. It was “love

someone whose husband is, say, a mechanic,

at second sight,” Bard says.

I don’t get to know what he does if he isn’t on

After a medical condition forced her to let go

base in his office.”

of her law-enforcement dreams, she decided that fighting criminals in court would do just

Bard’s husband is in MARSOC, the Marine

as well.

Corps Special Operations Command, so he is

Although Bard could have chosen to live

deployed for days on end. As a result, she does

on the base, she decided to follow her law

not get to see him as often as she would like.

school dreams at Barry in order to practice

“My heart condition wouldn’t allow [me to

law in Florida.

become a cop], so I decided at the age of 10 that I wanted to be a lawyer,” she explains.

“He is stationed at Camp Lejeune, North

“I could help those who needed it, and I’d be

Carolina. It is only a few states away, but he

“I couldn’t live with him because of the

serving our justice system like my grandpa did

isn’t allowed to come home for the weekend

distance. I had applied to Barry, and it was

for many years.”

or anything unless he requests special time

my top-choice school,” she says. “I felt that

Bard completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She majored in legal studies and minored in criminal justice. She then decided to continue her education at law school. Just recently, Bard started her legal education at Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Florida. The university is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Adrian, Michigan. It is not a traditional Catholic school, according to Bard, but religion is a part of its foundation. Barry Law “teaches to the bar,” Bard explains, which means, according to her, that it teaches students how to pass the bar on the first try. Bard is also a newlywed. She is married to Corporal Bradley John Bard, a Marine, which has forced her to balance her life with school and marriage. The two met years ago by chance in a phone store, and after an intriguing

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Q. What do you do for fun? Do you have a family, pets, etc.? A. I have a one-year-and-eight-monthsold long-haired standard Chihuahua, Scrappy Doo. He’s my son and my biggest entertainment. Q. What CD is in your CD player right now? A. Katharine McPhee. I love her songs “Love Story” (it’s my song for my husband) and “Open Toes.” They are fun to listen to when I’m in any mood. Q. What is the last magazine you read? A. Self. Q. What is your favorite TV show? A. The 4400 and General Hospital are tied. Q. Who is your role model? A. My grandpa. Q. What is something most people don’t know about you? A. I love drag racing (on a track, of course). It’s a rush!

I would get a better education here, as well as when he finishes his four years, he will be returning to Florida, which is where I will be practicing law.” As far as the relationship goes, she still feels that they remain close regardless of the distance. “It is tough with him being away and not being able to know what he is doing all the time, but I am so proud of him and what he does that I am okay with it,” she confesses. “I actually read him my cases that I study every night. It helps me study the material, and he says he gets to hear my voice. He actually will debate the issues with me. It is almost as if he is going to school with me. He is my biggest supporter.” Bard is focusing on getting through law school and eventually working in child welfare, juvenile, and family law.

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“I used to want to do criminal law like everyone

As for the future, Bard hopes to establish her

what I will accomplish once I have my Juris

else, but I sat back and thought, ‘Where can I

own family law practice.

Doctor degree.”

that the at-risk, defenseless children need

“[I want to] be pretty successful and have a

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someone to be their advocate,” she says. “I

great family of my own with one or two kids,”

don’t want to be a lawyer for the money. I want

she says.

do the most good? Who needs me?’ I realized

to make a difference. If helping families get

University of Central Florida www.ucf.edu

out of a divorce situation with the least amount

She has a while to go, though, seeing as this is

of pain possible and helping childless couples

her first year in law school.

adopt children who would otherwise grow up

Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

with nobody is how I spent my time, I’d gladly

“I expect that [law school] will be harder before

get up and go to work and stay as late as I

it gets easier,” she says. “I think that in order

could.”

to make it, you have to be passionate about

MARSOC

what you want, and you really have to want to

www.marsoc.usmc.mil

Bard is enjoying her classes so far and recently

be there, or it is a waste of time and money.”

joined the Women Lawyers Association (WLA), with other organizations to follow.

Bard’s inspiration and motivation, her grandpa, died in 2002, but his encouragement continues

“I have a true love for jurisprudence,” she says.

to carry her through her studies at law school.

“Every case, small or landmark, has an impact in the law, and the thought that cases that I will

“He taught me to never give up,” she says. “I

try will affect generation after generation…is

[always remember what] he taught me, and I

amazing to me.”

make myself refocus to make [him] proud of

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