Another entry in our series of successful Grossmont and Cuyamaca college graduates.
Mary Sessom was already a practicing attorney when she decided to take a class in child development at Cuyamaca College. She stuck with the program, earning her associate’s degree in 1992 and gaining knowledge that has made her a better lawyer, parent – and now a grandmother.
Sessom, who specialized in family law and was frequently involved in litigating child custody issues, said her knowledge of child development made it easier for her to talk to child psychologists and make a better argument during court proceedings.
“I knew how to present the issue in the best interest of the child which is usually what my client wanted,” Sessom said. “The other attorney could speak legalese, but he didn’t know how to speak to the psychologists.”
In addition to her work as an attorney, Sessom has had a deep commitment to serving her community. Since 1996, she has served as the mayor of Lemon Grove, a city with about 25,000 residents in eastern San Diego County. She also served as PTA president at her children’s school, and was a founder of the Lemon Grove Educational Foundation, the school district’s fundraising organization. She continues to participate in community events such as the Relay for Life and the Lemon Grove Historical Society.