BAY CITY, MI — As Marissa Geyer was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan last November, she wasn’t just reflecting on the hard work she put in over the past several years to obtain a law degree, pass the bar exam and land a job.
She was thinking about the generations of family members before her who worked in the fields to give her that opportunity to pursue her dream.
“I’ve listened to their stories over the years and I know about their lives and the struggles they went through to give us a better life,” she said. “It’s something that really hasn’t struck me until recently. But that’s a way bigger deal than just my personal goals.”
Geyer, 25, a 2010 Bay City Western High School graduate, is the fourth person in her bloodline to become an attorney, joining her cousins Abel Torres, Isidore Torres and Felipe Torres. On Wednesday, Nov. 22, Bay County Circuit Judge Joseph Sheeran approved a motion to admit her into the state bar.
Geyer’s bloodline came to Bay County in 1952 as migrant workers in Portsmouth Township. The Torres family would travel each summer from San Antonio, Texas, to Bay City to work in the sugar beet, dry bean and potato fields.
“The farm provided us with housing and we worked all summer,” said Abel Torres, Geyer’s second cousin who is now retired from his law profession.
Geyer, who earned her undergraduate degree in political science from Saginaw Valley State University in 2014 and her law degree from Michigan State University in 2017, where she was president of her class, is now employed by MSU’s Office of Institutional Equity where she investigates allegations of harassment by students.
Near the end of her swearing in ceremony, Judge Sheeran invited her to sign a book that’s kept under lock and key in his courtroom. The book, which dates back to 1875, contains signatures of every attorney who has practiced in Bay County.
Marissa Geyer fue admitida a la barra de estado de Michigan el pasado mes de Noviembre, ella no sólo estaba reflexionando sobre el arduo trabajo que ella puso en los últimos años para obtener una licenciatura en derecho, aprobar el examen de bar y entontrar un trabajo.
Geyer, que obtuvo su título de licenciatura en ciencias políticas de la Universidad Estatal de Saginaw Valley en 2014 y su licenciatura en derecho de la Universidad Estatal de Michigan en 2017, donde fue Presidenta de su clase, ahora es empleada por la oficina de equidad institucional de la MSU, donde investiga las alegaciones de acoso de los estudiantes.
Cerca del final de su juramento en la ceremonia, el juez Sheeran la invitó a firmar un libro que se mantiene bajo llave en su Tribunal. El libro, que se remonta a 1875, contiene firmas de cada abogado que ha practicado en el Condado de Bay.