Elizabeth Williams
BA, Political Science and Government, University of Alabama-Huntsville
JD, Birmingham School of Law, Class of 2013
Rainsville, AL
Class of 2013

Growing up in a rural North Alabama community, I followed in the footsteps of many local women and became a young wife and mother. As the mother of a 3 year-old daughter and 7 months pregnant with my second, our family was changed when my husband was permanently and totally disabled in a workplace accident.

I went to work to support our family. Ten years later, I found myself fired from my production line job in a manufacturing facility when I was partially disabled after two surgeries.

I recognized the opportunity to change my life through education. I went back to school with two daughters, busy with the everyday demands of cheerleading, basketball, softball, and academics. Hours of sitting in the bleachers doing homework and listening to recorded lectures while driving to ballgames was rewarded when I graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor’s degree.

I was helped through the financial assistance of academic scholarships, Alabama Vocational Rehabilitation Services and The University Women’s Club scholarship. The Alabama Bar Association Kid’s Chance Scholarship Fund for the children of parents disabled in Workers Compensation accidents provided tuition assistance for both of my daughters to attend college. They are now successful young women with teaching careers.

My husband and I own a small family farm in our hometown where he is a minister. Our lives have been challenging, rewarding, and forever changed by choosing to turn the stumbling blocks set before us into stepping stones to reach higher. Those things that were meant for our destruction have been used for the Glory of God.

As a law student, I was a member of the AAJ Mock Trial Team and the Judge Hugh Locke Honor Society. I am proud to say that I graduated from BSOL in December 2013. When we needed help, a professional attorney was there for us. Now, it’s my turn to be the helper.

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