Kara Bremer was in the seventh grade at Wewahitchka Middle School when she realized she wanted to be a lawyer.
“I had the opportunity to meet a judge who had been removed from office for standing up for his religious beliefs,” she said. “And so, it was kind of impressed upon me then that I wanted to go to law school to become a lawyer.
“When I felt called into, I guess, the legal field, my primary interest was constitutional law. But then the more time I spent in law school, the more it kind of shifted to the criminal side... It was really exciting whenever I was offered a position with the State Attorney's Office.”
Last week, Bremer was sworn in as an assistant state attorney for the 14th Judicial Circuit by State Attorney Larry Basford.
Bremer worked several jobs to make ends meet in college and law school, including teaching at Wewahitchka Elementary School and being a rural mail carrier. But she said that her internship in the state attorney’s office had the biggest impact on her aspirations.
“Getting into a legal position is, generally speaking, a challenge, and I didn’t know what area I was going to practice in. And I just knew I needed something that was going to pay the bills,” she said. “So, I contacted the state attorney’s office to see if I could shadow them.
“It was just really eye-opening, a wonderful experience. And after that, I guess they learned I was interested in criminal law, and I ended up interviewing with them.”
Bremer received her bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Liberty University and her juris doctorate from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
“We are proud of Kara and expect great things,” said her mom, Cindy Bremer
Kara said she is most excited to get to work with the people she has met through her work with the state attorney’s office and to help her future clients.
“I know it’s a challenging, difficult job, because in some ways you’re seeing people at their very worst,” she said. “But at the same time, you’re advocating for victims and their families and loved ones, and I think that’s what I look forward to the most.”