Passing the bar is no small task. Midland College (MC) graduate Janet Moreno Farmer
made it look easy. She received her Associate of Arts degree from MC, graduated with
bachelor’s and law degrees from Texas Tech and then took the bar exam in July 2018,
passing on the first try! Now she is working as an assistant criminal district attorney
in Tarrant County. Moreno Farmer credits MC for helping her get where she is today.
“You have to be resilient entering law school,” warned Moreno Farmer. “It is an uphill
battle getting through the daily struggle of all the material, but MC gave me the
foundation I needed to succeed. A lot of people are afraid to go to a smaller college
because they think students miss big opportunities at a large university, but that’s
not at all true. It is surreal to think I am now a practicing attorney. I always knew
I wanted to be in public service, and criminal law has been my passion throughout
Moreno Farmer also credits her husband, Richie Farmer for being supportive of her
pursuing her dream to be a lawyer.
“Richie is my biggest fan and was always by my side while I studied 10 hours a day,”
said Moreno Farmer.
Janet and Richie met during their time at MC. Richie came from the United Kingdom
to play golf at MC, and Janet is a West Texas girl: born and raised in Midland, but
her family is from Mexico.
“Richie and I would run in the same circles on campus,” remembered Moreno Farmer.
“I was really involved in student activities when I was at MC. I was an ambassador
and cheerleader. He would be there with the golf team, and I would be there with my
groups. We always say that out of all the schools we attended, MC was our favorite.
We had a lot of fun together. I showed him the West Texas lifestyle. I taught him
how to dance to country music. Now we have this multicultural marriage. I never would
have thought I would meet my husband at MC. Life just happens when you are living
Moreno Farmer received the Legacy Scholarship, which covered her tuition and fees
“I really appreciated that scholarship,” said Moreno Farmer. “Coming from a first-generation
family, I took advantage of every opportunity I had. I have two older brothers who
were also Legacy Scholarship recipients, and who both went on to achieve great things.
I am especially grateful for the required 40 volunteer hours of the Legacy Scholarship
because it got me out in the community and helped me see Midland in a different light.”
Moreno Farmer says she tells everyone to consider community college.
“MC helped me rediscover Midland and more importantly find myself,” said Moreno Farmer.
“Now I look back on my time at MC, and I know that attending Midland College was honestly
the best decision I ever made!”
Seen in picture: Janet Moreno Farmer and her husband former MC golfer Richie Farmer
on their wedding day.