Most of us have grown up with some version of the Golden Rule that includes doing unto others as you would have them do to you and loving your neighbor as yourself. Most of us think of the rule as encouraging us to be kinder to others. Such thinking is completely backward. We already do love our neighbors as ourselves. The problem is that most of us have never learned to love ourselves and to see ourselves as a source of love. We can never really accept or love anyone else until we learn to accept and love ourselves. Even…
Laurie Gray is an attorney, author, teacher and child advocate who works to empower all people to feel, think and act with their own spiritual awareness, clarity and confidence. She is the founder of Socratic Parenting LLC, the co-creator of Token of Change™, and the author of three young adult novels: Summer Sanctuary (Luminis Books / 2010), Maybe I Will (Luminis Books / 2013) and Just Myrto (Luminis Books / 2014). Her debut novel earned a Moonbeam Gold Medal for excellence in young adult fiction and was named a 2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist.
Laurie earned her B.A. from Goshen College and her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. From 1986-1990 Laurie taught high school Spanish, coaching volleyball, basketball and academic teams, and working summers as an interpreter for a missionary group in Guatemala. An experienced civil and criminal trial attorney, Laurie joined the Allen County Indiana Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in February of 2000 as a full-time deputy assigned Felony Sex Crimes. After an extended maternity leave, Laurie returned to work as a part-time deputy prosecutor assigned to the Drug Court Intervention Program and Juvenile Sex Offenses through April of 2010.
Laurie has served as a lecturer for various Indiana Continuing Legal Education programs, co-chair of the Women Lawyers Section of the Allen County Bar Association and court-appointed guardian ad litem in child welfare cases, and court-appointed Spanish/English interpreter in both state and federal courts. She has served on the faculty at the National Symposiums on Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama, every spring since 2009. She also works as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech) and as a bilingual Forensic Interviewer at the Bill Lewis Center for Children in Fort Wayne, Indiana, conducting interviews in both Spanish and English.