A Single Mother's Story

Succeeding Against the Odds

That’s what Melissa Powers was told when she expressed her desire to graduate college, enroll in law school and become an attorney.

As a single mother, the deck seemed stacked against Melissa, but she knew she was on the right track, and she was determined to succeed.

A tough but fair mother and an effective parent, Judge Powers raised a successful child who respects others – and respects the law.

Judge Powers has a firsthand personal perspective on raising children in tough circumstances.  She understands the challenges and the crises that many families face.

Most importantly, Judge Powers will apply the lessons she learned succeeding against extreme odds to help juveniles who find themselves in the court system and to help families.