Daphne Davis, a 52-year-old mother, and her 26-year-old daughter, Edriuna Davis, both of Birmingham, Alabama, have graduated from the Birmingham School of Law together. They are the first mother-daughter combination to graduate at the same time since the school opened in 1915, according to reports.
Daphne first considered becoming a lawyer in 2009, when she was researching and preparing for her own divorce. Her lawyer even complimented her on how well-organized she was. She’s been considering going to law school since then.
Edriuna was watching her mother methodically compile evidence for her divorce case at the time. Her interest in law, particularly family law, grew as a result, and she aspired to attend Harvard Law School.
Daphne ultimately decided to pursue her legal education in 2017. She applied to Birmingham School of Law on the day before the deadline for admissions, with the help of her two children. When she was accepted, she was overjoyed.
Edriuna graduated from Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science in the same year and was accepted to numerous law schools. She was working for a judge in the Jefferson County Domestic Relations Circuit Court when she made the decision to stay in Alabama and attend the Birmingham School of Law, where her mother had previously studied.
It was a thrilling voyage, but it was also difficult at times, according to the duo. Daphne had a hard time interacting with some of her lecturers and classmates at first, but she ultimately warmed up to them.
Edriuna, on the other hand, was diagnosed with postpartum cardiomyopathy after giving birth to her son Denver during the summer semester of 2020. Despite the fact that she was suffering from heart failure, she made it through.
Daphne and Edriuna worked together to overcome the obstacles, and they celebrated their graduation together.
“When my name was called at commencement, my smile, walk, pace and movement while receiving my law degree were intentional,” Daphne told the Birmingham Times. “I crossed the finish line, and my lesson was taught to my children — not to mention the exhilarating feeling of standing in wait on the steps watching my daughter receive her Juris Doctorate, as well, so we could walk to our seats together.”
“I was super excited to be able to experience this journey with my mother,” Edriuna said. “I don’t know of anyone else who went to law school and graduated with their mother.”
The two are currently studying for the Alabama bar test. They intend to collaborate with Edriuna’s fiancé at his personal injury, criminal law, family law, medical malpractice, and wrongful death legal firm.