Maine Law student Danylle Carson speaks about her journey

Oct. 21, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – As a child, Danylle Carson needed a guardian. Now she is paying it forward. Carson, a second-year student at the University of Maine School of Law, gave an interview this month to reporter Craig Crosby of the Kennebec Journal. The result was a powerful personal story about a Maine Law student making a difference in her community.

Read the excerpt below and click here for the full story.

Danylle Carson hasn’t seen the woman in more than 20 years. Much of the relatively brief time the two spent together has faded from memory, and Carson can’t even remember the woman’s name.

But what Carson does remember — the woman’s commanding presence, her genuine caring, and her words of encouragement — were like a feast to a starving child. They not only gave birth to Carson’s dream, but provided the fuel she would need to spend decades pursuing it.

“In this short period of time she was in my life she made a huge impact,” Carson said. “She taught me you’re more than the hand that’s given to you.”

The woman, a guardian ad litem appointed by the court to act as Carson’s advocate when the 7-year-old girl was permanently removed from her mother’s custody, not only inspired Carson to attend law school, but sparked Carson’s passion to one day serve the same role for other children.


Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email:

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