Super Lawyers Summer Giveaway Recap
Get to Know the 2014 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award Recipients
Earlier this July Super Lawyers held its first ever social media giveaway. We asked our Facebook community to comment what they believed are the top three traits that exemplify outstanding lawyers, then selected one community member at random and sent them four Super Lawyers pub glasses. Lawyers from all over the country sent various answers, each sharing their opinion on what it takes to be an outstanding lawyer. Let's look at what some of the Super Lawyers Facebook community members had to say.
1. Being trustworthy and not just acting it
2. Saying no when needed. Eg. I need to refer that out because that is not within my area of competence. No I can't take you as a client for one reason or another.
3. Always try to improve. Legal skills. Client development skills.
- James Yang
1. Good research and communication skills
2. (timely) response to clients/ and the court
3. The passion and drive to be better / learn from others
- Elizabeth Roberts
1. The ability to see and argue both sides of a case or an issue
2. The ability to communicate effectively, both in speech and in writing
- Joyce Jones
1. Enjoys stress
2. Doesn't vacation
3. Despises math
- Lou Shapiro
The broad range of answers we received truly shows the diverse range of skills a lawyer must have to be considered outstanding. With that being said, we will continue to do giveaways throughout the summer, asking a new question and featuring a different product each time. Stay tuned to the Super Lawyers Facebook page for our next giveaway, more Super Lawyers pub glasses!
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From now until early May, we'll be highlighting all the 2014 Pro Bono Award recipients on what inspires them to help those in need. Today we invite you to meet attorneys Kathleen Gasparian and Gary Udashen.
KATHLEEN C. GASPARIAN
Gasparian Immigration, New Orleans, LA
Founding partner of Gasparian Immigration, a firm providing immigration representation to businesses, organizations, and families, Kathleen is committed to helping Central American children living in the New Orleans area. In July 2014, she and her colleagues created PB&J: Pro Bono to find, train, mentor and support attorneys willing to take on cases for immigrant children who have recently crossed the U.S. Southern border and who cannot afford legal services. The project has grown to a network of almost 200 volunteers, including attorneys, interpreters, government workers and judges. In the first round of the project, pro bono counsel was provided to over 60 children.
Is there some sort of bond you have with your community that tells a story of why you do what you do?
"Our community looks out for each other - especially in times of adversity. I am honored to be a New Orleanian, and I am proud of how the community has responded to the children coming to our city. Everyone I come across offers to help in some way. PB&J happened because of all the help and effort that other New Orleanians put into the project."
GARY A. UDASHEN
Sorrels, Udashen & Anton, Dallas, TX
Gary Udashen, partner at Sorrels, Udashen & Anton, is well known as a criminal appellate specialist and was one of the first lawyers in the State of Texas to be board certified in criminal appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. As President of the Innocence Project of Texas, Gary is dedicated to securing the release of those wrongfully convicted of crimes in Texas and educating the public about the causes and effects of wrongful convictions. In 2014, he helped to obtain the exoneration and dismissal of charges against Rickey Wyatt, who served 27 years in prison for a sexual assault he did not commit. Rickey Wyatt is the tenth wrongfully convicted person Mr. Udashen has helped to exonerate and free from prison.
What inspires you to be an advocate for those wrongly convicted?
"I believe in the American criminal justice system. I also think that the system usually reaches the correct outcome. However it is clear that there are many cases where the system has failed to achieve justice. Being in a position to help to correct the mistakes and injustices that occur in the criminal justice system seems like a natural outgrowth of the work I have done throughout my career."
Congratulations again to all our 2014 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award recipients. We invite you to read more about them here and watch for the Pro Bono Super Lawyers Digital Magazine coming out in May!
January is a busy month for Super Lawyers with the release of four magazines: 2015 Ohio & Kentucky Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 Louisiana Super Lawyers Magazine and the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine. Going forward, we'll be posting a blog each month to give you a preview of each magazine at the time of release. These posts will feature front cover stories, briefs and question & answer highlights.
The front cover features the story of Cincinnati litigator Carolyn Taggart at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, whose civil defense work has led to involvement in headline-grabbing cases such as the early lawsuits against silicone breast-implant manufacturers and suits following the trampling deaths at the 1979 The Who concert at Riverfront Coliseum.
We also sit down with Alex Shumate, managing partner for North America of recently merged firm Squire Patton Boggs. The Columbus lawyer has been appointed to the Ohio State University Board by three governors. He is a calming force in the arena of government-relations and administrative law.
In this issue, we sat down with Benjamin Rosenberg of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, who has perfected the art of playing well with others. We also talked with Kramon & Graham's M. Natalie McSherry about the many McSherrys of Maryland law and her experience as a woman attorney.
Also be sure to check out our "Word for Word" section where we had some fun by posing the question "What's your favorite legal film"? See one the responses below.
My Cousin Vinny
"Some of the worst stereotypes of the North and the South collide, but the film intertwines many of the legal profession's most enduring stereotypes into a great comedy and a teaching tool. In addition to being very funny, the movie has great examples of effective-and ineffective-cross-examination and expert witness testimony."
-Erek L. Barron / Counsel, Whiteford Taylor & Preston; Bethesda; Litigation
In this issue, Lynn Luker shares what she learned in her six months on the civil district court bench. Lynn Luker returned to her business litigation and civil litigation defense practice in January after a six-month appointment to the Orleans Parish Civil District Court. We spoke with her in the middle of her judicial stint and she had this to say. "As an advocate you have a side and you argue, and as a judge, you have to get it right. And that's much more difficult."
In this issue, Jim Franczek tells us about the delicate art of negotiating labor contracts. Franczek, co-founder of Franczek Radelet, is on the management side but never forgets the contributions of the workers involved. He often starts things off by bringing the sides together over a table of good food.
To Franczek, who co-founded Franczek Radelet in 1994, collective bargaining among many interested players is a "multidimensional puzzle. Getting it to snap together is not easy, but once it does, it's incredible." He sees his job as helping parties understand the dimensions of their problem without imposing his own ideas.
We hope you enjoyed this sneak preview of our latest Super Lawyers Magazines. Be sure to visit http://www.superlawyers.com/about/digital_magazine.html to see all our digital editions.