Question: What is a typical day like for you?
Answer: A cell phone battery that dies at 2 in the afternoon from overuse. At least one completely unexpected emergency from a client. A court appearance or deposition. Calls with people of the community interested in some issue of great importance to them. Ideally, followed by a good dinner with close friends. Topped off by reading part of a good book that has nothing to do with the law until complete exhaustion puts you to bed.
Q: What was the last book you read?
A: "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million" by Daniel Mendelsohn, who undertakes what might almost be called detective work to determine the fate of six distant relatives lost in the Holocaust. It was a phenomenal book. It had enormous amounts to say about the importance of family.
Q: Speaking of family, did your dad in any way inspire you to pursue a legal career?
A: Yes. Etched in my memory are dinner table conversations about all manner of criminal trials, including two years worth of daily updates in the Hillside Strangler case; my father was the judge in the case. But what most stands out and led me to become a lawyer was my father's constant reaffirmation of the fortunate situation we are in the United States, where we live by the rule of law and the concept that no individual, no matter their birth, their power, their money, is above that rule.
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