Question: Did you always want to be a lawyer?
Answer: My family was a family of people who were scientists or engineers. Everyone in the family tended to be good at a lot of things, but especially science and math, and it was natural and easy for me. I would have tended in that direction.
Q: But what happened?
A: I dropped out of high school because I was bored. I was about 15, and I decided that there were certain things about high school that I really enjoyed. I enjoyed friends, I enjoyed participating in sports, but I found school to be boring. I had asked to take a test to get a high school diploma and the teacher said no, the guidance counselor said no, the vice principal said no and the principal said no. They were saying no because I didn't have all the years of English and physical education. I asked people at the school district, wrote a letter to the superintendent of the school district and they said no.
Q: How did your parents react when you dropped out?
A: They weren't happy at all. I decided to leave for a period of time, and I left home and traveled back east. It seems crazy now, but it didn't seem crazy at the time. I eventually came back to California and decided I should go to college.
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