Fighting is in Homeboy Sandman’s blood. As a teen growing up in Queens, he tussled with bouncers; he talks of his struggle to walk the straight and narrow. But winning comes to him just as naturally—his father, a heavyweight boxer who emigrated from the Dominican Republic to New York, never lost a fight. But in the match that would be his last, he watched his defeated opponent’s father pick up his son’s teeth scattered around the ring. Though unschooled, he did something—left boxing behind and became a community lawyer.