At an early age, Laura Speakman became aware of the hardships faced by many people and their dependence on the help and caring of others to make it through their ordeal. She grew up in a household that often hosted foster children who were the victims of abuse or abandonment. She also lost a close family member to AIDS. From experiences like these, Laura became determined to find a career that would enable her to help others, and she eventually decided on the legal profession.
Her path to law school, however, took her from the sciences to the arts, with the overarching theme being service through education and research. Utilizing her biology and chemistry background, she worked for a laboratory engaged in HIV/AIDS research, and as a teaching assistant on the university level in botany. She later applied her teaching skills in a cultural environment, as coordinator of educational docent programs for the J. Paul Getty Museum. As a student herself in the two-year SCALE® program, she made good use of her strong analytical, planning and organizational skills. Laura said,“My varied work experiences directed me toward the profession of law,” which will equip her, as she wishes, to make a difference in people’s lives.