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52-year-old mother bags Law degree from US university on the same day with her young daughter

A 52-year-old mother named Daphne Davis has inspired many people worldwide after bagging a Law Degree from the Birmingham School of Law, Alabama, United States on the same day with her young daughter.

Daphne Davis and her daughter, Edriuna Davis were pronounced the first-ever mother-daughter duo to graduate at the same time since the institution was established in 1915.

Daphne explained that she had first thought of becoming a Lawyer in 2009 while preparing and researching for her own divorce. She was meticulous with gathering evidence for her divorce, a feat that her Attorney recognised.

At that time, 11-year-old Edriuna watched as her mother worked hard to gather the divorce files and was immediately inspired to become a lawyer as well with a particular interest in family law. Edriuna dreamt of attending Harvard Law School. 

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In 2017, Daphne finally decided to pursue her law studies. At this period, Edriuna, her daughter, had just completed her bachelor’s degree in political science from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama.

With the help of the family, Daphne secured admission for a Law Degree at the Birmingham School of Law and her daughter, Edruina, who had been accepted for a Law Degree by many universities decided to enrol at Birmingham School of Law with her mother.

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Speaking about her daughter’s decision to enrol with her, Daphne said: “I welcomed the change while smiling from ear to ear, anticipating our journey together”.

They enrolled together throughout the academic period and in 2022, they were both among the nearly 85 graduates being awarded a Juris Doctorate degree.

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“When my name was called at commencement, my smile, walk, pace and movement while receiving my law degree were intentional,” said Daphne, the mother. “I crossed the finish line, and my lesson was taught to my children — not to mention the exhilarating feeling of standing in wait on the steps watching my daughter receive her Juris Doctorate, as well, so we could walk to our seats together.”

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Now that they have graduated, Daphne and Edriuna plan to sit for the Alabama bar exam. Edriuna looks forward to partnering with her fiancé, lawyer Bobby L. Davis, whose firm specializes in personal injury, criminal law, family law, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases.

“I plan to work with my daughter and her husband in their law firm. I will also perform duties as a mediator and arbitrator as an advocate of dispute resolution. I plan to spend my pro bono hours giving back in the field of domestic relations because divorce was the catalyst for my Juris Doctorate,” Daphne told The Birmingham Times.

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