Spotlight: Whitney Scarborough
New board certified specialist in Social Security disability law, Wadesboro, NC
You were licensed in 2011, what led you to become an attorney?
I was originally attracted to the many uses of a law degree. I wanted to help people solve their real world problems using analytical skills. Now I earn a living by reading, writing, thinking, and arguing—and I enjoy it.
What made you decide to pursue certification?
I pursued certification as soon as I was eligible as I felt that this would give my clients assurance that, even though I am young, I have substantial experience in this practice area. Additionally, I thought this would be a great opportunity to force myself to take time to study recent changes in the law so that I can best represent my clients.
What's the best thing about recently achieving that goal?
Feeling confident in my understanding of Social Security disability law. My clients are really excited for me. I hope that the certification helps potential clients understand that even though I am young, I am experienced in this practice field and I take pride in providing high quality legal services.
What is it like to work with clients seeking assistance with Social Security disability issues in Wadesboro?
Like many rural communities, Anson County has seen its share of hard times. The unemployment rate is usually higher than the state average. Many of our clients have performed manual labor their entire lives, and the work has taken a toll on them. Like most Social Security disability applicants, our clients are frustrated with the long wait times for resolution of their disability cases. Nevertheless, our clients express appreciation that we are local, easily accessible, and spend time with them face-to-face throughout the pendency of their case.
What activities/volunteer groups are you involved in?
I am a member of the Wadesboro Rotary Club and previously served for two terms as the public relations co-chairperson. I serve on the NCAJ Disability Advocacy Executive Committee as liaison to the NCAJ Young Lawyers Division. I am a member of First Baptist Church of Wadesboro.
Who is your role model and why?
US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg is a pioneer. Her life story, legal career, and strong convictions inspire me to be the best lawyer and citizen that I can be.
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