Sometimes we must accept the cards that are dealt to us in order to live a full life. Malcam Godwin, Powerlifting a criminal defense attorney, didn’t have the best of hands growing up. However, he made the decision early in his life to make the world a better place.
Flagler College was my undergrad. Godwin said that a tragic incident occurred with my cousin. He was then killed.
Although he had hoped to become a sports agent, he decided to put his law degree into practice in the justice system. Godwin realized he could be the best attorney after watching his friends and family’s experiences.
“A prosecutor on the one side who can understand their origins. Right? Godwin said that he was able to see the positive side of things by looking at it from the other perspective. I can bridge that gap. I can be the bridge that actually cares. This would be there for people.”
He has been practicing law since 2007 and his career is modeled after Johnny Cochran, a former prosecutor who became a defense attorney.
Godwin resigned from the office of the prosecutor in 2020 to join Patrick McLain Law, Powerlifting .
“My best friend from childhood is currently serving 25 years in prison, and I still keep in touch with him religiously.” Godwin said, “When I see my clients come in and they are facing between 20 and 25 years, that is what it can do to families.”
Godwin is sensitive to loss, poverty, and pain. He grew up in Marianna Florida, where he was raised by a single mother and two children. He can still recall summers spent hungry, missing lunches that were provided during the school year.
“I don’t come from a rich family. I was not even from a middle-class family. When I was 12, my mother died. Godwin said that a lot of my life was spent with my older sister and me trying to survive. Many people were skeptical that a 12-year old could be guided by someone so young. Even though they didn’t believe in her, I went to college and law school to prove that she was capable. Godwin said, “Look at what my sister was capable of doing.”
Godwin was a student at Flagler College in St. Augustine in Florida, before he graduated from Wake Forest Law in North Carolina. His cap and gown were expensive.
Godwin said, “I didn’t have anywhere to go only because I knew the end goal.” Godwin said, “I didn’t have any place to go because I knew what the end goal was.”
Adversity returned. His older sister Katisha, who was his caregiver after the death of his mother, died from breast cancer in July 2020.
Godwin said, “As much I thought that I was working hard at all I was doing,” Godwin added. I was almost 400 lbs when she died. That’s when I started to get into fitness. It was first to lose weight. Then, I needed to – as per my normal nature, – add to it.
“I told you that I needed to set goals, and I said that I didn’t think I could run a marathon. I don’t bike. It’s not possible. Then I realized that there are powerlifting competitions. Godwin said, “Why not give it a shot?”
Godwin has already lost 80 pounds and participated in his first two powerlifting contests. He gained clarity because he didn’t have to spend too much time on the weight.
“You cannot bail under 3, 4500 pounds on your back. It’s up to you to find a way to get it back. This is the same in all aspects of life. It felt like I was carrying all my sister and mom’s stuff. Godwin said, “I feel like if they succeed, then their name will be known.”
Every deadlift, bench, and squat turns the weight into strength.
People love to hear “Oh, you have it great!” You’re a lawyer! “And I feel like I’m so close to being like every other person out there, whether they’re locked up, or on the streets, or homeless. Godwin said, “I can be any of them because that was how close I was.”
“I don’t believe that my story is any more unique than any other. Godwin said that there was a bit of luck and irrational optimism.
Godwin is training for the next powerlifting competition, July. He also manages a very heavy caseload at Patrick McLain Law downtown Fort Myers.
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