Personal Inquiry: Patricia Fresard

A Q & A with the Hon. Patricia Fresard, the first Hispanic female judge on the Wayne County Circuit Court, where she has served since 1998.

Q. Which individuals do you most admire?
A. My Dad for his ability and achievement and both my parents for bringing our family to the United States. Their determination, sacrifice, and work ethic exemplifies the American Dream.

My big sister Carmen, at 5 feet and 82 pounds, the strongest and most courageous person I know in that she continues to give to others and rule as the mother hen and heart of our family as she triumphs over a devastating cancer.

Dr. Ben Carson, who rose from a challenging childhood in Detroit to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon and write books to inspire minority youth.

Sonia Sotomayor, who finally brought the words wise and Latina together.

Q. What advice would you give to a law school student?
A. Stay awake and dont text in class. Also, if you are in it for the money, consider a transfer to medical school.

Q. What are your three favorite movies?
A. To Kill a Mockingbird, Parenthood, and Presumed Innocent.

Q. Which talent would you most like to have?
A. To express and communicate beautifully through art. I would most like to have the talent to put pen to paper and brush to canvas and create astounding beauty.

Q. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A. I would be less old and more wise.

Q. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
A. Becoming the first Latina circuit court judge in Michigan and attaining a solid reputation through consistent diligent effort.

Q. What is your greatest extravagance?
A. Trips to Ecuador and new clothes every season. Also, I commit to spending some time on myself. I enjoy exercise, reading, and writing.
Now that my kids are older I also plan to paint regularly.

Q. What is your favorite song?
A. Amazing Grace.

Q. Whats your favorite vacation spot?
A. Ecuador, where I was born. I love to visit family and view the breathtaking mountains and beaches, and the food is to die for.

Q. Whats your definition of success?
A. To do ones best consistently, to help others, and to be a part of the solution.

Q. If you could be someone else for a day, who would it be?
A. Oprah. She has vast access to her current subjects of interest. Experiences, information, and ability to affect change are seemingly at her fingertips.

Q. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
A. To be the perfect mother. Also to travel worldwide instantly to experience and learn more of life.

Q. What dont you leave home without?
A. My cell phone.

Q. What dont even your friends know about you?
A. I am an artist at heart. I feel that lawyers are some of the nicest, funniest and most generous people around. Also, I love to dance and sing, although I am quite inept at both.

Q. What advice would you give to yourself at the age of 20?
A. Trust your instincts and be more confident. Things will not be as difficult as they seem.

By Jo Mathis

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