Cedar Hill Graduate Makes A Difference As An Attorney
When Elisha (Wroten) Enoksen was a young child, her parents were missionaries who traveled to Guatemala in the aftermath of an earthquake.
Before she learned to count to 10 or recite the alphabet, Enoksen had first-hand knowledge of what it was like to participate in a humanitarian effort.
“I quickly learned about the importance of helping others – we don’t just live in our own bubble,” said Enoksen, a Cedar Hill High School Class of 1998 Graduate. “That helped me with deciding how I wanted to live my life.”
It is a philosophy that she holds dear today as a Dallas-based attorney.
Her family settled in Cedar Hill in the mid 1980s as the community was growing rapidly.
“Cedar Hill was a town with one blinking red light, and it grew from there,” Enoksen said. “The community became much more multicultural, which was great.”
She attended several elementary schools where she was part of the district’s Gifted & Talented Program, before becoming part of one of the first classes to attend Permenter Middle School in the mid 1990s.
At Cedar Hill High School, Enoksen was part of the girls soccer team and the drama club.
“In soccer, I was right-handed and left-footed,” Enoksen said. “Drama was a really fun way to express myself and get over my fears. It prepared me for a lot in life, in terms of public speaking and using words to convey my point of view.”
Upon graduation, Enoksen continued as a Longhorn academically – just three hours to the southeast at the University of Texas-Austin.
“I entered college thinking I was going to be pre-medicine, but I quickly realized it wasn’t for me,” Enoksen said.
She started taking other classes and eventually became interested in Spanish and Linguistics, double majoring in those two areas of study.
By the end of her time at UT, she was translating William Shakespeare passages into Spanish. She studied abroad in Spain.
“I really mastered the language there, and when you immerse yourself in a country, that’s the best way to learn the language,” Enoksen said.
Enoksen said linguistics was very helpful as she prepared for law school at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.
“Linguistics is the scientific study of law, and in law school, you are dissecting words and grammar,” Enoksen said.
After graduating from law school, Enoksen spent a couple of years working in corporate law.
The pay was good, but Enoksen felt she had a higher purpose.
“I have an overwhelming sense of when something didn’t feel right, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night,” Enoksen said.
Enoksen decided to change course and become an attorney for the Dallas County Public Defender’s Office, which she described as a “wonderful experience.”
She started working with clients accused of misdemeanors and was promoted to handling felony cases.
It was the type of eye-opening experience, Enoksen said, that they don’t teach in law school.
Enoken said it was rewarding to work with clients, some of whom had nobody who had believe in them.
She did her best, in good faith, to work with the prosecuting attorneys to find ways for low-level offenders, especially first time offenders, to receive the benefit of the doubt and the possibility of a better path forward.
Enoksen then opened her own law office where in addition to private clients, she accepted cases from Dallas County courts.
She also handles family law, human resources, and adoptions. She considers adoption law to be “really, really rewarding” since it connects children with a loving home and families with a beloved child.
Enoksen also does legal work for the dental offices of her husband, Dr. Sigurd Enoksen.
She misses the scenery and hometown feel of Cedar Hill but will always be a CHISD Longhorn at heart.
“I encourage the scholars to continue their education and better themselves,” Enoksen said. “Everything I’ve wanted to do, including being able to help other people, is because of education. Be sure to utilize your talents to help others.”