Ray Curtis Petty Jr., a native of Albany, Georgia, has achieved his goal of becoming the first lawyer in his family by overcoming a number of difficulties and roadblocks along the way.
Ray’s legal education, on the other hand, was not without its difficulties. A lot of people didn’t believe in him when he was younger, including some of his teachers, who urged that he be placed in special education courses, according to him.
However, he continued to Albany State University, where he received his first degree. Nevertheless, when he applied to other law schools, he was subjected to a great deal of discrimination once more. The Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School eventually accepted him, and he went on to serve as President of the Student Bar Association. Meanwhile, he was employed as a paralegal in the United States Air Force Reserves while pursuing his degree.
The year 2020 brought the death of his sister, who had died of sickle cell anemia, just as he was about to finish his law studies. He had to deal with this painful loss while also completing five classes in his final semester and carrying out his military obligations at the same time.
However, he managed to graduate as the valedictory speaker of his law school class despite all of this. He then attempted to pass the bar exam but was unsuccessful on his first attempt.
He didn’t let it get in the way of his studies, and he returned to them. Incredibly relieved after receiving his exam results for the second time, he and his family celebrated together.
Ray believes that he would not have been able to achieve his ambition of becoming a lawyer if it had not been for his family’s support. He believes that sharing his story, it may serve as an encouragement to others as well.
“I want to be a pillar in my community, no matter where God may take me, and I want to be able to do God’s will and serve his people no matter where they may find themselves.” Because being in this business is a vocation of service,” Petty explained, “it’s not about me at all.”