Rich or Poor, All Youths Have Potential : Pair of Legal Eagles Took Wing, Found Reward in Inner City SEAN WATERS, Michael and Kimberly Kearney were each planning careers in law when they met while working as clerks for the same firm in New Jersey. But they chose to alter their professional paths. Michael, the son of a judge, joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where he was assigned a teaching position at Verbum Dei High School in 1988-89. Completing his seventh year at the school, Kearney is now the varsity basketball coach and head of the English Department. Kimberly, who taught English for 2 1/2 years at Verbum Dei, is now a third-grade teacher at Dolores Mission Elementary School in East Los Angeles. The couple have been married for four years. Here is one couple's decision to spurn law careers to work with inner-city youths. They were interviewed by Sean Waters.