January 23. 2018 3:51PM

Ashley B. Scott • 31 • Concord

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Will this obstacle, setback, challenge, or mistake matter in five years? My college advisor always kept life in perspective. And recently I heard the same advice repackaged even better: Will you commit malpractice if you take vacation? If no, then go! The reason this advice is important to me is because it always reminds me that there is life to be lived outside of work. That’s true for both lawyers and their clients. It keeps all aspects of my career in proper focus.

Why did you choose your profession?

I wanted to force people to listen to scientists, so I took my science background and became a lawyer to be another voice on the side of environmental protection.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

Participating, feeling like part of the community. And when it comes to high schoolers, entertainment — they are often very funny.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

The same advice I give my 31-year-old self: Just keep working, learning, growing; just keep trying.

What was your last major achievement?

Coaching the Central High School mock trial team to win the state finals and go to nationals. Our team was the first all-female public school team winner in New Hampshire.

Volunteer activities: Webster House board of directors; coach Central High School mock trial; Catholic Medical Center ethics committee; voter protection volunteer/election observer.