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Tara Hubbard’s twin sister did the talking when they were little. Their parents assumed Tara was just a quiet child. “We didn’t find out I am hard of hearing until I was about 4 years old – and I got hearing aids immediately,” she says. Now, Tara is a trial attorney by training and represents a tribe in Phoenix, Arizona in child welfare state court proceedings. She has been at this position for almost five years.

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Written By: Kirsten Ballard

Tara Hubbard’s twin sister did the talking when they were little. Their parents assumed Tara was just a quiet child.

“We didn’t find out I am hard of hearing until I was about 4 years old – and I got hearing aids immediately,” she says.

Now, Tara is a trial attorney by training and represents a tribe in Phoenix, Arizona in child welfare state court proceedings. She has been at this position for almost five years.

“Since law school, I have focused my practice on child welfare,” she says. “I represented the State Attorney General’s Office for a few years before going to the tribe. Now I help tribal families stay together when I can.”

Tara Hubbard was a recipient of the AG Bell George H. Nofer Scholarship for Policy and Law.

“The scholarship allowed me to graduate law school with only half of the debt I would have incurred without the scholarship. Although I am still paying off my student loans, it is not nearly as much as other law students have and I am grateful for that,” she says.

Law school was always her end goal.

“My undergraduate degree is political science. Law school was always my plan and I heard that it didn’t really matter what your undergraduate degree was. I decided to take a variety of classes to see what popped out of me – I almost obtained my degree in marriage and family relationships (one credit short of a minor in that) but I took a higher level poli sci class and immediately knew that’s what I wanted to major in,” she says.

Tara attended Arizona State University for undergraduate studies and University of Arizona for law school.

“Going to law school, I always knew I wanted to do something with families. I thought that would lead to a career in family law but in law school, I did a clinic where I represented minors in state custody. It was during that time that I knew I wanted to practice child welfare law,” Tara says.

Her favorite and the most rewarding part of her job is the chance to help others.

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Ayuda a las familias

La hermana gemela de Tara Hubbard era la que hablaba cuando eran pequeñas. Sus padres asumieron que Tara era solo una niña tranquila.

«No nos dimos cuenta de que tenía problemas de audición hasta que cumplí 4 años y recibí audífonos de inmediato», explica.

Actualmente, Tara es abogada litigante y representa a una tribu de Phoenix, Arizona, en procesos judiciales estatales de bienestar infantil. Lleva casi cinco años trabajando en este puesto.

«Desde la facultad de derecho, he centrado mis actividades en el bienestar infantil», dice. «Representé a la Fiscalía General del Estado durante unos años antes de interesarme por las tribus. Actualmente, ayudo a las familias tribales a que permanezcan juntas siempre que se pueda».

Tara Hubbard fue beneficiaria de la Beca George H. Nofer para Políticas y Leyes de AG Bell.

«La beca me permitió graduarme en la facultad de derecho con solo la mitad de la deuda en la que habría incurrido sin ella. Si bien sigo pagando mis préstamos estudiantiles, la cantidad no es tan elevada como la de otros estudiantes de derecho y estoy agradecida por ello», asegura.

La facultad de derecho fue siempre su objetivo final.

«Mi diploma universitario es en ciencias políticas. La facultad de derecho siempre estuvo en mis planes y me enteré de que realmente no importaba cuál fuera tu diploma universitario. Decidí asistir a una variedad de clases para averiguar qué era lo que me interesaba. Prácticamente obtuve una titulación en matrimonio y relaciones familiares (me faltaba un crédito) pero asistí a una clase de ciencias políticas avanzadas e inmediatamente supe que quería especializarme en esta área».

Tara obtuvo la diplomatura en la Arizona State University y la licenciatura en derecho en la facultad de derecho de la University of Arizona.

«Cuando estaba en la facultad de derecho, siempre supe que quería trabajar en favor de las familias. Pensé que me conduciría a una carrera en derecho familiar pero, en la facultad de derecho, realicé unas prácticas donde representé a menores bajo custodia estatal. Fue en esa época cuando me di cuenta que deseaba ejercer la abogacía para defender el bienestar infantil», concluye Tara.

La parte preferida y más gratificante de su trabajo es la oportunidad de ayudar a los demás.

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