Criminal prosecutor, foster mom of two boys, and a TPS teacher, Miss Bramnick leads a busy life everyday. Hailing from Florida, she loves the humid weather. She teaches How To Get Away With Murder (Trial Law) and Street Law (Fundamentals of Law) at TPS this year. To my delight, I had the opportunity to conduct an interview with her.
Erika: What led you to teach at TPS?
Miss Bramnick: I was a student at TPS in highschool. I loved the experience and was inspired by two classes taught by Mrs. Troxell and Mr. Futoran, respectively. In the back of my mind, I knew that given the opportunity, I wanted to come back to teach.
Erika: Why did you choose to study Psychology and Law?
Miss Bramnick: I was fifteen years old when I decided to study law. Law is my first love. It is incredible to realize that God designed the world to be governed by law. I enjoy the practice of law, and it has never completely felt like work. I also was interested in Psychology and always considered pursuing a career in that field, especially if law school did not work out. I love understanding why people behave the way they do. Being a prosecutor and dealing with criminals and their emotions or behaviors that led to the crime fascinates me. In my teenage years, I wanted to study the minds of serial killers due to inspiration from an article posing the hypothetical that serial killers were missing essential parts of their brain.
Erika: I see that you published an article, “Germany’s Yesterday is Cuba’s Tomorrow.” What made you write this?
Miss Bramnick: This article was for my law school’s Law Review Journal. It took me a little longer than a semester to write it. I was interested in this topic for personal reasons. My parents escaped from communism in Cuba in the 1960s. Similarly, during World War II, I had an aunt who survived Auschwitz with her mother. Both of these times in history have colored my worldview. For the article, I decided to compare East Germany’s transition from a socialistic regime to a democratic state post World War II with a potential transition for Cuba. I compared the two to see and discuss whether Cuba could experience similar success to Germany.
Erika: That is really cool! Now to more casual questions, what are some of your hobbies?
Miss Bramnick: Sleeping, watching movies, reading books, listening to audiobooks, traveling, and hanging out with my six siblings.
Erika: If your life was a movie, what would you call it?
Miss Bramnick: Shoot, that is hard. The only thing that comes to mind, but is not completely accurate, is: Predictably Unpredictable.
Erika: What is your favorite color?
Miss Bramnick: Pink! I remember being a little girl and tagging along with my mom to Walmart one day. I have a vivid memory of seeing a product beautifully packaged and asking my mom for it. To my horror, she turned me down and explained that it was a man’s razor! I could not believe that something packaged in such a nice shade of pink was for men!
Erika: That is absolutely hilarious. For the last question, what words of advice or encouragement would you give to someone who would like to study or practice law?
Miss Bramnick: If you have a possible thought of going to law school, do it. Law is one of the most versatile doctorate degrees and can only add value to your resume regardless of what your path is. Law school also teaches you to think analytically, critically, and legally, which is a priceless skill. It was because of the stresses of studying for law school exams that I realized I have a very limited photographic short term memory. I can memorize up to ten pages of material if the pages are highlighted and marked up in a particular way. However, if you would like to be a lawyer, my suggestion is to talk to other lawyers in different areas of law. Go to court and watch some court hearings. Talk to or intern with a judge. It is important to know what the work actually consists of and not assume that your job will emulate TV shows about the court system. Most importantly, ask as many questions as you can.
Erika: And these valuable pieces of advice bring us to the end of the interview. Thank you so much, Miss Bramnick, for your willingness to be interviewed for clay. I have learned so much from you and thoroughly enjoyed the various stories you told.