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                             Heather Lynn Bard: Marine Wife and 1L
                             [By Mahsa Khalilifar]
                             For Heather Lynn Bard, being a law student has a deeper meaning due to her past.




“I always wanted to follow in my grandpa’s           conversation about cars (a mutual interest),       off for leave,” Bard says. “He isn’t overseas,
footsteps. He was a cop,” she says of her            phone numbers were exchanged. Years later,         but it is still nerve-wracking because he can
choice to head in the direction of justice.          they got in touch online and began officially      get sent off at most any time, and unlike
                                                     dating. They were married in July. It was “love    someone whose husband is, say, a mechanic,
After a medical condition forced her to let go       at second sight,” Bard says.                       I don’t get to know what he does if he isn’t on
of her law-enforcement dreams, she decided                                                              base in his office.”
that fighting criminals in court would do just       Bard’s husband is in MARSOC, the Marine
as well.                                             Corps Special Operations Command, so he is         Although Bard could have chosen to live
                                                     deployed for days on end. As a result, she does    on the base, she decided to follow her law
“My heart condition wouldn’t allow [me to            not get to see him as often as she would like.     school dreams at Barry in order to practice
become a cop], so I decided at the age of 0                                                            law in Florida.
that I wanted to be a lawyer,” she explains.         “He is stationed at Camp Lejeune, North
“I could help those who needed it, and I’d be        Carolina. It is only a few states away, but he     “I couldn’t live with him because of the
serving our justice system like my grandpa did       isn’t allowed to come home for the weekend         distance. I had applied to Barry, and it was
for many years.”                                     or anything unless he requests special time        my top-choice school,” she says. “I felt that
                                                                                                        I would get a better education here, as well
                                                       Q. What do you do for fun? Do you have a
Bard completed her undergraduate studies at                                                             as when he finishes his four years, he will be
                                                       family, pets, etc.?
the University of Central Florida in Orlando.                                                           returning to Florida, which is where I will be
                                                       A. I have a one-year-and-eight-months-
She majored in legal studies and minored in                                                             practicing law.”
                                                       old long-haired standard Chihuahua,
criminal justice. She then decided to continue         Scrappy Doo. He’s my son and my biggest
her education at law school.                           entertainment.                                   As far as the relationship goes, she still feels
                                                                                                        that they remain close regardless of the
                                                       Q. What CD is in your CD player right now?
Just recently, Bard started her legal                                                                   distance.
                                                       A. Katharine McPhee. I love her songs
education at Barry University’s Dwayne O.
                                                       “Love Story” (it’s my song for my husband)
Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Florida.             and “Open Toes.” They are fun to listen to       “It is tough with him being away and not being
The university is sponsored by the Sisters             when I’m in any mood.                            able to know what he is doing all the time, but I
of St. Dominic of Adrian, Michigan. It is not                                                           am so proud of him and what he does that I am
a traditional Catholic school, according to            Q. What is the last magazine you read?           okay with it,” she confesses. “I actually read
                                                       A. Self.
Bard, but religion is a part of its foundation.                                                         him my cases that I study every night. It helps
Barry Law “teaches to the bar,” Bard explains,         Q. What is your favorite TV show?                me study the material, and he says he gets
which means, according to her, that it teaches         A. The 4400 and General Hospital are tied.       to hear my voice. He actually will debate the
students how to pass the bar on the first try.                                                          issues with me. It is almost as if he is going to
                                                       Q. Who is your role model?
                                                                                                        school with me. He is my biggest supporter.”
                                                       A. My grandpa.
Bard is also a newlywed. She is married to
Corporal Bradley John Bard, a Marine, which            Q. What is something most people don’t           Bard is focusing on getting through law school
has forced her to balance her life with school         know about you?                                  and eventually working in child welfare,
and marriage. The two met years ago by                 A. I love drag racing (on a track, of course).   juvenile, and family law.
chance in a phone store, and after an intriguing       It’s a rush!




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“I used to want to do criminal law like everyone     As for the future, Bard hopes to establish her      what I will accomplish once I have my Juris
else, but I sat back and thought, ‘Where can I       own family law practice.                            Doctor degree.”
do the most good? Who needs me?’ I realized
that the at-risk, defenseless children need          “[I want to] be pretty successful and have a        On The neT
someone to be their advocate,” she says. “I          great family of my own with one or two kids,”
don’t want to be a lawyer for the money. I want      she says.                                           University of Central Florida
to make a difference. If helping families get                                                            www.ucf.edu
out of a divorce situation with the least amount     She has a while to go, though, seeing as this is
of pain possible and helping childless couples       her first year in law school.                       Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of
adopt children who would otherwise grow up                                                               Law
with nobody is how I spent my time, I’d gladly       “I expect that [law school] will be harder before   www.barry.edu/law/default.aspx
get up and go to work and stay as late as I          it gets easier,” she says. “I think that in order
could.”                                              to make it, you have to be passionate about         MARSOC
                                                     what you want, and you really have to want to       www.marsoc.usmc.mil
Bard is enjoying her classes so far and recently     be there, or it is a waste of time and money.”
joined the Women Lawyers Association (WLA),
with other organizations to follow.                  Bard’s inspiration and motivation, her grandpa,
                                                     died in 00, but his encouragement continues
“I have a true love for jurisprudence,” she says.    to carry her through her studies at law school.
“Every case, small or landmark, has an impact
in the law, and the thought that cases that I will   “He taught me to never give up,” she says. “I
try will affect generation after generation…is       [always remember what] he taught me, and I
amazing to me.”                                      make myself refocus to make [him] proud of




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Description: A Medical Condition Of Heather Lynn Bard Forced Her To Let Go Of Her Law-Enforcement Dreams But She Decided To Select Legal Field And Became A Lawyer. Bard Has Joined Women Lawyers Association And Hopes To Establish Her Own Family Law Practice.
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