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ASHLEY BAILEY • MAX BREMER • MIKE COHEN • LINDSEY DAY • PETER KAISER • LEAH LEYENDECKER • DAVE MOREHOUSE • MEG SAYRE • NICOLE STRYDOM • DAN TENENBAUM • CHRISTINE WEFLEN • LORI WIESE-PARKS


ASHLEY BAILEY

List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point.
(1)  Outdoor activities
(2)  Good food
(3)  Local events

List three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point.
(1)  Religion
(2)  Politics
(3)  Taxes

Best piece of advice you ever received?
You have to put in the hard work at some point during life—do it early.

If you had it to do all over again, what would you study now?
Political Science. I’m a nerd.

It’s your last meal…what’s on the menu?
Bacon-wrapped filet mignon and garlic mashed potatoes. Dairy Queen ice cream cake for dessert. I could live off of those.

Famous person (dead or alive) with whom you’d most like to have dinner?
Stevie Wonder. He seems like he would have some interesting stories, and hopefully he would sing a few songs for me!

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MAX BREMER

List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point.
(1) My kids
(2) University of Wisconsin athletics
(3) Current events—particularly as they relate to entrepreneurial issues

List three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point.
(1) Politics—I like politics, but am not inclined to have that type of discussion in this forum
(2) Religion—ditto above
(3) Reality television (except, perhaps, Top Chef)

Best piece of advice you ever received? 
Find something you would do for free, and then find a way to make a living at it (Editorial note: I’m not sure that I would practice law for free, but it beats working for a living.)

What’s the most ridiculous Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? 
As a kid, I wore the same costume almost every year—the result of poor planning by both me and my parents. The only costume I can remember wearing was a hobo costume, which usually consisted of my dad’s old clothes, a painted beard, and a stick with a handkerchief at the end of it.

Famous person (dead or alive) with whom you’d most like to have dinner?
Abraham Lincoln

It’s your last meal...what’s on the menu?  
My mom’s homemade spaghetti sauce

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MIKE COHEN

List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point.
(1) Intellectual Property
(2) Basketball
(3) Television

List three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point.
(1) The weather
(2) Religion
(3) Politics

Favorite TV show involving a lawyer?
Boston Legal

Favorite Movie that doesn’t involve a lawyer?
The Sound of Music

What was your major in college?
Urban Planning and Russian — I was going to design cities in Russia

If you were not a lawyer, had no capital, and had to start a business from scratch tomorrow to make ends meet, what would that business be?
A 24-hour hardware store that serves 10 varieties of soup

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LINDSEY DAY

List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point.
(1) Wisconsin sports
(2) Outdoors
(3) Travel

List three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point.
(1) Politics
(2) Religion
(3) Exotic foods

Favorite TV show involving a lawyer?
Ed (about the bowling-alley lawyer)

What was your major in college?
Accounting

What was your very first paying job?
Rink monitor at open skate at the local ice arena

It’s your last meal...what’s on the menu?
A little bit of a lot of things: cheese pizza, the steak and those delicious rolls with cinnamon butter at the Texas Roadhouse, shrimp, and Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits

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PETER KAISER

List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point.
(1)  Music
(2)  Technology
(3)  Coffee

List three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point.
(1)  Fashion
(2)  Etiquette
(3)  Proper use of the Oxford Comma (since no one listens)

Best piece of advice you ever received? 
Any day you learn something new is a good day: so take risks and make mistakes.

Favorite TV show involving a lawyer?
I quite enjoyed the first season of Daredevil on Netflix.  Lawyer by day, superhero by night? It’s basically my resume.

What was your very first paying job?
I was a caddy at a country club.  The only thing I’ve done worse at on a golf course is attempt to play the game.

It’s your last meal…what’s on the menu?   
After years of thoughtful consideration and extensive study at many fine restaurants, I’ve settled on cheddarwurst.

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LEAH LEYENDECKER

List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point.
(1) IP
(2) Travel
(3) Fitness & Health

List three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point.
(1)  Religion and Politics (I think these are mandatory answers)
(2)  Fantasy Baseball

Best piece of advice you ever received? 
Don't let your character change color with your environment.  Find out who you are and let it stay its true color.

Favorite TV show involving a lawyer?
Suits (I like to pretend I am Rachel)

It’s your last meal…what’s on the menu?   
Something Thai.  My husband and I make a mean drunken carrot noodle dish.

Famous person (dead or alive) with whom you’d most like to have dinner?
The Notorious RBG. (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)

If you were not a lawyer, had no capital and had to start a business from scratch tomorrow to make ends meet, what would that business be? Travel Blogger. Pay me to go to fabulous places, take photographs, and write about it? Yes please.

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DAVE MOREHOUSE

Three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point?
(1) Generally, books—maybe a movie here and there or even a current event
(2) What we all might learn from Indiana Jones (or other sources that entrepreneurs might not readily embrace)
(3) Enlightened self interest

Three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point?
(1) Celebrities and their public meltdowns
(2) Intricate details of arcane provisions of the tax code (I have partners for that!)
(3) How to make a humongous fortune (if I knew, I might already have done it)

Favorite TV show involving a lawyer? 
Rumpole of the Bailey (Masterpiece, PBS). Otherwise, I tend to avoid law-oriented shows. Truth is stranger than fiction.

Favorite movie that doesn’t involve a lawyer?
How the West Was Won—It may not be particularly accurate historically, but it captures the American impulse to create, to build, and to improve. Plus, it has an awesome score.

Famous person (dead or alive) with whom you’d most like to have dinner? 
Winston Churchill or Franklin Roosevelt—it’s a toss-up. If those guys are busy that night, William the Conqueror. I’d have a drink with Jimmy Page.

It’s your last meal...what’s on the menu?
A reprieve?

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MEG SAYRE

List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point.
(1)  Food
(2)  Art and/or art law
(3)  Travel

List three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point.
(1)  Sports
(2)  Politics
(3)  Religion           

Favorite Movie that doesn’t involve a lawyer?
The Grand Budapest Hotel – I love everything by Wes Anderson, and the imagery in this film is delightful.

What’s the most ridiculous Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
I love dreaming up creative costume ideas. I was a cupcake for Halloween a few years ago, complete with an elaborate Pottery Barn Teen costume with layers of felt ruffles and a strawberry headpiece.   My husband went as Buddy the Elf, and we were on a sugar high all night (pun intended).

Famous person (dead or alive) with whom you’d most like to have dinner?
Jimmy Fallon.  

It’s your last meal…what’s on the menu?   
Pici with truffles, an amazing hand-rolled pasta I discovered while traveling in Tuscany.

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NICOLE STRYDOM

Three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point?
(1) Books (fiction)
(2) Animals
(3) History

Three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point?
(1) Music composed after 1950
(2) Extreme sports
(3) Celebrities

Best piece of advice you ever received?
The golden rule

Favorite TV show involving a lawyer?
The Good Wife

What was your major in college?
Cello performance

It’s your last meal...what’s on the menu?
Bulgolgi, jahp chae, bibimbap, kimchi, and lots of white sticky rice.

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DAN TENENBAUM

List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point.
(1) Musical theatre
(2) Animation
(3) Raising capital and/or children

List three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point.
(1) Country music
(2) The British royal family
(3) Celebrity marriages

Favorite TV show involving a lawyer? 
Modern Family, because it doesn’t really center around the fact that Mitchell is a lawyer

Favorite movie that doesn’t involve a lawyer? 
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Gaston wasn’t a lawyer, although I’ve seen plenty of lawyers who act like that...)

Famous person (dead or alive) with whom you’d most like to have dinner?
Walt Disney

It’s your last meal...what’s on the menu? 
Chicken wings, Gino’s East pizza (with sausage—crumbles, not patty—mushrooms, and pesto), and chocolate mousse cake (from Carnegie Deli)

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CHRISTINE WEFLEN

List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point.
(1) Horses
(2) Trials and tribulations of being a small business owner
(3) Harry Potter

List three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point.
(1) Politics
(2) What to do with so much free time
(3) Cooking

Best piece of advice you ever received?
“Work smart, not hard.”

Favorite TV show involving a lawyer? 
Boston Legal.  I used to watch James Spader and then mimic his impassioned, occasionally ostentatious arguments and gestures in my Advocacy class courtroom simulations.  I won the top grade out of 200 students for my brilliant acting that year.  And then I wisely became a transactional lawyer.

What’s the first food booth you visit on a trip to the state fair?
Pizza on a Stick!  And I go back at least three times!

If you could describe your career path in one word, what would it be?
Destiny

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LORI WIESE-PARKS

List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point.
(1) Trademarks
(2) Advertising
(3) Dogs

List three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point.
(1) The war in Afghanistan
(2) Insurance
(3) Sushi

Favorite TV show involving a lawyer?
LA Law—I was a newer attorney when the show started, and I appreciated that it wasn’t particularly realistic, at least with respect to MN Law. I didn’t watch it so much in the later years, but admit that I loved the episode where the nasty managing partner stepped into the elevator that wasn’t there. It still makes me smile. I am also a sucker for the old black and white Perry Mason episodes (not the later made-for-TV movies).

If you had it to do all over again, what would you study now?
Archeology or museum administration

Famous person (dead or alive) with whom you’d most like to have dinner?  
Lee Harvey Oswald—I really want to know!

It’s your last meal...what’s on the menu?  
Blutwurst and grit—an old German recipe that died with my aunt (it’s not as gross as it sounds)

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