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Building a Community for Vulnerable Loved Ones (Without Wearing a Banana Suit)

Ethan Austin failed the Bar, then co-founded GiveForward under his parents’ roof.

Ethan Austin initially moved back into his childhood bedroom in Newport Beach, California as a freshly minted American University law school grad, awaiting his Bar exam results. Austin was scoring in the 99th percentile on practice tests and feeling confident. Then, in the summer of 2007, he got an email linked to a list of those who’d passed. His name wasn’t there. He’d failed the California Bar exam.

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