My full name is Nannette Rochelle Kelleher. And my title, I’m the supervising attorney at the Social Security Disability department. I work at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, and I’m helping people who are disabled and looking to make a claim for their own social security benefits.
They pay into the system during all of the years that they work, and when they find themselves unable to work, they are scared because they didn’t expect it. Most of the people have been working since they were 15, 16 years old. They’re faced with going to the government and saying, “I need help.” And they think of it as an entitlement program, and it’s not. It’s money that they’ve paid into the system. It’s filled with red tape. It’s difficult, and they don’t know what to do. They turn to us and we help them through the process.
The people who work at my firm, they care about people. The people who you see on TV, on the commercials, on the buses, on the billboards, they’re at work every day working for people. And you see it every day, and I get to see it every day because I’m there working too. But that helps a lot, I think.
Being able to practice law allowed me to effect change for people that are my clients. And you know, you can’t control everything, but what you can do is you can work hard, make people feel comfortable in the scenario that they’re in. You can teach them and guide them throughout the process. And then you can build on your own experience level and use all of that experience to get what your client needs. That’s pretty great.