On April 16, Puyallup Tribal member Lois Boome was sworn in as a lawyer at the Pierce County Courthouse. She talked with The News Staff about her journey and how she’s now fulfilling her dreams of working for her Tribe.
News Staff: Now that you’ve passed your bar exam, what does this mean for you and your career?
Lois Boome: I have been fortunate to work at the Tribal Law Office since May 2017 as an intern, training under John Bell and Sam Stiltner and hope to continue to do so as a Staff Attorney.
What was your journey to becoming an attorney like?
After some time of working in casinos, my husband and I were considering going back to school due to the time constraints that our conflicting schedules posed. What we were doing simply wasn’t working for us anymore; we were in survival mode and knew to get beyond that and thrive, we had to go back to school. Our paths and goals had changed since having children (three at that time), we decided to go back to school and eventually, law school. We weren’t sure how to make it work, but we knew we wanted a better life for our children. To supplement our income to offset the cost of going to school full-time we started an art business. Surprisingly, that was quite successful and is to this day.
When my husband made it to law school, I realized I enjoyed the challenge of the law and couldn’t wait to get a law degree of my own. As my youngest went to kindergarten, I went back to school too.