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LEGALLY CERTIFIED- Midwin Charles


Midwin Charles is a New York attorney and founder of the law firm Midwin Charles & Associates LLC.  She provides regular commentary on law, pop culture and politics for various television shows and networks, including the Nancy Grace Show, The Joy Behar Show, Prime News and Showbiz Tonight on HLN, truTV, Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, FOX Business Network, MSNBC, WPIX 11 and is guest host for “Express Yourself” on New York’s 107.5 WBLS.  Ms. Charles was a Legal Contributor for In Session (formerly Court TV) where she provided legal commentary for live trials daily on truTV.

Active in community affairs, Ms. Charles is a member of the Dean’s Diversity Council for American University’s Washington College of Law, the Marketing Committee of Syracuse University, the Planning Committee for Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) and Board Member of the Haitian Roundtable. She has served as a member of the Civil Rights Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, lectured at Syracuse University and written for The Huffington Post.

Ms. Charles earned her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and her law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law, where she was an Articles Editor for the American University Law Review. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals for Sixth Circuit Judge Eric L. Clay and as the A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Research Fellow in Social Justice at Harvard Law School, under the supervision of Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. Ms. Charles was an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Q&A With Midwin Charles
BS: Did you ever encounter difficulty in career choice? If so, How did you choose which career was best for you?
Midwin Charles: Somewhat.  I always knew I wanted to be an attorney.  But then realized after working as a lawyer that I wanted more.  The field of law is often so programmed; the reason for this is because lawyers are trained to be risk averse so when you try to break out of the pre-programmed mold, folks can’t handle it!

BS: What were some of the difficulties you’ve encountered in your career? How did you overcome these obstacles?

Midwin Charles: I’d say the biggest difficulty was admitting to myself that I deserved more and should be happy with my work.  It sounds cliche and corny but its the truth.  Despite working at an international law firm and making a good living, I was not happy with my professional life.  But I had a problem admitting that to myself. Particularly since so many people could not understand my gripe; after all, I was gainfully employed!

BS: What choices have you made that has directed you to become the successful person you are today?

Midwin Charles: Wow.  So happy you think I’m a success.  I’d say the choice to risk it all and leave a secure job to do things my way.

BS: What motto do you live by? Why?
Midwin Charles: Do it, until you can’t.  I say this because there is a time and place for everything.  If you don’t do the most you can with what you have, that window of opportunity to do the most will pass and you won’t reap the reward or benefit that was meant for you at that time.
BS: What advice would you have for an individual interested in being in law and/or a television personality?
Midwin Charles: Hmm.  Good question.  I’d say choose your goal and understand clearly what it takes to get there.  Then do everything possible (that is legal) to obtain it.  If people tell you no, often it means you are on to something so keep pushing!

BS: What should we expect next from Midwin Charles?

Midwin Charles: Guest hosting “Express Yourself” on 107.5 WBLS, an issues-oriented talk show and contributions to various television networks.

Contact Midwin Charles:
Twitter: @MidwinCharles | @CharlesLawFirm

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