Humans of Lee: Up Close and Personal With Brittlyn Jackson

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Humans of Lee: Up Close and Personal With Brittlyn Jackson

In the afternoon sun Brittlyn Jackson (12) stands outside of the hundred and two year old courthouse. Jackson started interning with Melanie Gahring, the probate judge of Lee County, over the summer. “I absolutely love working at the courthouse. I love the environment and the people I work with. Being at the courthouse makes me extremely happy and I hope to have a lifetime career in this field,” Jackson said. Jackson plans on making law a life-long career. She has had a passion for law for as long as she can remember. She plans on attending law school when she graduates and begin pursuing a law career.

In the afternoon sun Brittlyn Jackson (12) stands outside of the hundred and two year old courthouse. Jackson started interning with Melanie Gahring, the probate judge of Lee County, over the summer. “I absolutely love working at the courthouse. I love the environment and the people I work with. Being at the courthouse makes me extremely happy and I hope to have a lifetime career in this field,” Jackson said. Jackson plans on making law a life-long career. She has had a passion for law for as long as she can remember. She plans on attending law school when she graduates and begin pursuing a law career.

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In the afternoon sun Brittlyn Jackson (12) stands outside of the hundred and two year old courthouse. Jackson started interning with Melanie Gahring, the probate judge of Lee County, over the summer. “I absolutely love working at the courthouse. I love the environment and the people I work with. Being at the courthouse makes me extremely happy and I hope to have a lifetime career in this field,” Jackson said. Jackson plans on making law a life-long career. She has had a passion for law for as long as she can remember. She plans on attending law school when she graduates and begin pursuing a law career.

Keegan Harper

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In the afternoon sun Brittlyn Jackson (12) stands outside of the hundred and two year old courthouse. Jackson started interning with Melanie Gahring, the probate judge of Lee County, over the summer. “I absolutely love working at the courthouse. I love the environment and the people I work with. Being at the courthouse makes me extremely happy and I hope to have a lifetime career in this field,” Jackson said. Jackson plans on making law a life-long career. She has had a passion for law for as long as she can remember. She plans on attending law school when she graduates and begin pursuing a law career.

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Judging Lee Since 2019!

During the summer while everyone else was away on vacation, Brittlyn Jackson (12) was spending her time with the judge. Jackson picked up an internship with probate judge Melanie Gahring during the summer of 2019 and has continued to do it throughout the school year.

“No one really inspired me, I have always loved law. I grew up watching law shows which made me love it more, even though the shows aren’t like reality at all,” Jackson said.

Working as a judge allows Jackson to have a real life experience in the law pathway. She is able to accomplish some of her future goals in taking this internship.

“Being a judge is a [helpful] experience. It feels like I am accomplishing great things in my life. It also makes me happy because I feel like I am going places and people up there think I am reliable, smart, and other things,” Jackson said

“Brittlyn is very goal oriented, she is hardworking, and knows her future goals,” Betty Suggs (faculty) said.

Academic Success 

When Jackson is not interning with the judge she spends some of her time at school. 

“Brittlyn is very talented and very artistic. Even though journalism is not a pathway that Jackson wants to pursue, she has an extreme amount of artistic talent,” Coni Grebel (faculty) said.

When Jackson gets out of high school she plans to attend law school, however she does not know where yet. 

While Jackson does not take advanced classes on campus, she is currently dual-enrolled at Georgia Southwestern. She wants to fully pursue a law career. 

She plans to achieve this goal by first graduating high school. She will continue to work at her internship and keep working at Chick-Fil-A. Once she graduates college, she wants to take up a full time job at the courthouse. She will start her career path by going to law school.

“Brittlyn is quiet but serious, she wants to see things done right so she is wired for justice,” John Wanner (faculty).

Jackson’s academic success will allow her to pursue her dreams, however her personal life aids in the dream.

Personal Life 

Jackson has two brothers, one is fifteen and one is ten, giving her extra responsibilities as the oldest child.

 “Since I am the oldest, I have many responsibilities. I have to set good examples for my siblings, clean, cook, babysit, and also pick them up from school everyday.” Jackson said.

“My only days off are Sundays,” Jackson said. “I make sure I spend it with my boyfriend or family, which leaves very little time for myself.” 

Though Jackson can not always find time for herself, when she can, she watches Netflix, reads fiction novels, and listens to music

Jackson juggles doing all of these activities with school first.

“First I make sure school is my top priority,” she said. “Once I am out of school, I either go to the court house until I have to go get my siblings from school or until I have to go to work. I don’t go up to the court house everyday, but I do manage to make time for my internship. The judge works very well around my busy schedule, which makes the internship easier to do and easier to work into my busy day.” Making school a first priority is very important, and the right choice.  

Jackson has a lot of weight on her shoulders with all her responsibilities, but her family helps out tremendously. 

“My relatives help out tremendously,” Jackson said. “They help me get done what I need to get done. It is great to know that someone has my back.” 

With the help from friends, family, and teachers Jackson will pursue her ambitions in law.

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