I read a lot when I take on a new project. I want to know everything about the issue to prepare myself to start thinking it through. My profession involves reading through large volumes of material and quickly and efficiently finding what is relevant. I’m a quick study, but I’m not afraid to ask questions.
I set high expectations for myself. When I commit to doing a job, I give it 110% because that's just how I do things. My commitment to the projects I take on inspires confidence in those around me and motivates others to also do their best work.
I try to spend more time listening than I do talking. Listening gives me the ability to make sure that I understand the issue from the speaker’s point of view. Honing this skill has made me both a better parent and a better lawyer.
I’m not afraid to take a position once I am informed and have formulated a view on the issue. I also have no problem telling you when I don’t know the answer to your question. I’m willing to take ownership of mistakes and reconsider my positions based on others’ points of view.
I have found that there is very rarely only one right way to do something. I think of myself as an innovator in both my personal and professional life and I am proud of my flexible approach to most things.
I have done extensive work on committees: I am the co-chair of my firm’s Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee and a member of several other committees at the firm. I’ve also served on conference education and diversity committees. I understand how to efficiently accomplish goals as part of a group in a committee setting.
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