From our Guest Blogger, Amanda Edmundson: My path towards the law began in ninth grade ... though in a way I suppose I could say my entire life has prepared me for this journey. I’ve always been so passionate in my convictions that my family refused (and sometimes refuses to this day) to talk to me about politics because they knew I would spout off everything I knew in the hope that they would somehow change their opinions and realize that was always right.
We're in Minneapolis now. I wish it were possible to post the interviews as quickly as we do them but the editing process takes ten times as long as the interviews themselves. With YouTube being limited to 10 minute (or less) segments, we just can't post the half hour to hour and a half of amazing conversations we have with many folks. And Michael is both videographer and editor so he can't be filming and editing at the same time.
2012 Update is here: http://cuttingedgelaw.com/content/steve-keeva-sad-update
I didn't want to mix topics in the blogs but did want to also write about our gathering in Milwaukee last night. Past president of the IACP, Sue Hansen hosted us in her snazzy, well-designed, well-located office. Jill Dahlquist and Judge Mary Triggiano were there. We had a great meeting, discussion, and visit. Michael taped it and we'll post excerpts later.
I want to spend more time putting together gatherings where we go. They make a difference!
There is a lot going on here but I wanted to check in before heading off to Steve Keeva's house because I know that I will have lots to report when I get back.
My heart was warmed by this email from Jill Breslau:
"I had a funny experience recently and I forgot to tell you. One of my new litigation policies (since unfortunately I am not able to decline to do litigation) is to meet opposing counsel as soon as possible, when he or she is receptive, and build or discover common ground. So I invited an attorney to get together for coffee, tea, whatever, and she responded with an invitation to lunch with her and an associate of her firm. I arrived in the restaurant first and was waiting at the table when she and her associate arrived. The first thing they said was, "How great to meet you! Your hair is lighter than it looked on youtube!"
Milwaukee is great. We've both been surprised at how much we like the city. No doubt that summer temperatures in the 70's have a lot to do with that! If we came back in January, we might have a different experience. But, we know this: the people have been fabulous. Jill, Jim and Jennifer have been great hosts and are so supportive of our getting the web site up and running.