GIRARD — Sara Beezley always wanted to be a lawyer.
As the youngest of six children she used the power of persuasion to get her to through to her siblings.
“The only way to get get my way was to convince them,” she said.
Her dream came true and now she is entering her 39th year as an attorney at Beezley Law Firm.
Although many get burnt out — she doesn’t see herself retiring any time soon, she said.
“I don’t see myself retiring,” Beezley said. “I love this so much.”
Beezley was recently honored as one of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Women of Distinction for her services in Crawford County.
“At the breakfast with the older ladies, we were thinking ‘women of extinction’ instead of women of distinction,” Beezley said as she laughed about hearing she was being honored.
Beezley said it was a surprise when she received the call, she was thinking she was about to be asked to join a committee or something, she said.
“I was really surprised,” she said. “I was really pleased, especially since the Chamber reached outside of Pittsburg … I appreciate the Pittsburg Chamber for doing that — including us in the community.”
Beezley said one of the most memorable moments is being able to argue a case in the Kansas Supreme Court after only being in office for six months, a big deal for being in for such a short time, she said.
Another memory, where she went out to a muddy farm to speak to a witness, she thought “so much for these pair of shoes.”
“There is no two days alike,” she said.
Southeast Kansas, full of a variety of cultures, is one of the many things Beezley said she likes about being a lawyer in the area.
“There is such a variety of different cultures, to work with,” she said. “It’s a joy to be a lawyer here.”
Being in the business for almost 40 years, Beezley has seen many changes on how lawyers communicate because of technology — along with the cases themselves — going from carbon paper to electronics.
“When I got started we were just getting into Word Processing,” she said.
Beezley said some of her most proudest moments include receiving the Kansas Bar Association’s “Pillar of the Community” Award in 2017.
“I just really felt like I was able to give back to my profession and improve people’s attitude with these lawyers,” she said.
Other accomplishments include serving as the organization’s president in 2002, on its board of governors, nominating committee and more.
She also has served on the 11th Judicial District Bench Bar Committee, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, Crawford County Bar Association, Kansas Board of Discipline for Attorneys, Kansas Appleseed Foundation, Family Law Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council for Kansas and as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates.
Beezley was recently appointed as a board member of the Kansas Appleseed organization. The goal of this organization is to raise funds for those who cannot afford a lawyer and a voice for people who need a lawyer.
“We work with childhood hunger, protect foster care children, improve juvenile justice … our big focus is a fair and impartial judiciary,” she said.
Outside of work, Beezley likes to read, go on walks, golf and watch Pittsburg State University ball games.
She also has taken part in many community service positions and activities — she served as president of the Pittsburg Family YMCA and was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 2015, president of the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Leadership Kansas, PEO Chapter BG, American Cancer Society and more.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.