Laurie A. Gray Interview

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An experienced trial attorney and teacher, Laurie A. Gray is the founder of Socratic Parenting, LLC (www.SocraticParenting.com).  Ms. Gray graduated from Goshen College in 1986 with a B.A in Spanish Secondary Education and a minor in English Education.  She spent her Junior Year Abroad at the University of Barcelona, Spain, and also completed a Study Service Term in Costa Rica.  From 1986 through 1990 Ms. Gray worked as a Spanish Teacher and Foreign Language Chair at Whitko High School in South Whitley, Indiana.  She also coached basketball, volleyball and academic teams, and spent summers working as an interpreter in Guatemala.

While teaching, Ms. Gray met her first husband–a tall, dark and handsome Sikh from Malaysia.  It was he who suggested she go to law school so that she could get paid to argue all day long and perhaps be a little nicer in the evenings.  It didn't save the marriage, but it was the best unsolicited advice Ms. Gray ever received.

Ms. Gray received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington in 1993 and began practicing as a civil attorney.  Her private practice included personal injury (both plaintiff and insurance defense), workers compensation (both plaintiff and defense), medical malpractice (plaintiff only), labor and employment (defense only), immigration, criminal defense, and Court-Appointed Guardian Ad Litem or Attorney for Parent in numerous CHINS (Child in Need of Services) cases.  Ms. Gray has served as an author and lecturer for various Indiana Continuing Legal Education programs.  She co-chaired the Women Lawyers Section of the Allen County Bar Association in 1998.  Ms. Gray completed Civil Mediation Training in 2003 and has served as a court-appointed Spanish/English interpreter in both state and federal courts.  While in private practice, Ms. Gray met her current husband, Frank Gray, who is also a trial attorney. 

Laurie Gray joined the Allen County Prosecutor's Office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2000 as a full-time Deputy Prosecutor, Felony Sex Crimes division.  After completing Sexual Assault Response Team Training and Childhood Trust Forensic Interview Training in March of 2000, she worked extensively with the multidisciplinary team at the Child Advocacy Center in Fort Wayne.  After the birth of her daughter in 2001, Ms. Gray returned to the prosecutor's office as a part-time deputy prosecutor assigned to the Allen County Drug Court Intervention Program and Juvenile Sex Offenses.  As the only local prosecutor who was fluent in Spanish, Ms. Gray also worked as an interpreter in a capital murder case and translating documents on multiple extradition cases.

Ms. Gray left the prosecutor's office in April 2010 to devote herself more fully to her work as an author, child advocate, and motivational speaker.  She has served on the faculty of the National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama in 2009 and 2010.  She is the co-creator of Token of Change™, a self-transformational tool, and a consultant for the women's empowerment group Sophie's Café.  She is the author of the young adult novel Summer Sanctuary (Luminis Books/May 2010).

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