Sylvia Lydon’s decision to pursue a career in law is motivated by her steadfast commitment to trans and queer self-determination. As a queer trans woman, she has both witnessed and experienced the violence the legal system routinely inflicts on LGBT people, as well as the ways that a lack of LGBT advocates can exacerbate that violence, often in the name of redress. As a law student, her top priority is obtaining the skills to uplift, protect, and empower the most vulnerable members of her community — particularly system-impacted LGBT people. Following law school, she looks forward to using her training to further the missions of trans-led legal organizations like the Transgender Law Center, and serving her community through various forms of legal aid. Sylvia Lydon is a 1L at UCLA School of Law.