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ANNE BJERKEN • MAX BREMER • MIKE COHEN • NEVIN HARWOOD • MARCUS LEBEOUF • DAVE MOREHOUSE • KERMIT NASH • DOUG RAMLER • JUSTINA ROBERTS • DAN TENENBAUM • LORI WIESE-PARKS  • LINDSEY DAY


ANNE BJERKEN
List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point.
(1) Fashion
(2) My dog
(3) Estate planning


List three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point.
(1) Fixing anything
(2) Growing anything
(3) Saving money (at least from a personal experience perspective)

Favorite TV show involving a lawyer?
Too many to count—I am a legal show nerd. I love Law & Order (any version), Damages, The Practice, Boston Legal, even Ally McBeal.

What was your very first paying job?
I was a clown at Cub Foods—I passed out balloons.

Famous person (dead or alive) with whom you’d most like to have dinner?
Bill Clinton or Diane Von Furstenberg

It’s your last meal...what’s on the menu?  
A steak from Manny’s, or just about anything from 112 Eatery

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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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NEVIN HARWOOD

List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point.
(1) Hobbies for entrepreneurs
(2) Golf—how to enjoy playing golf, making golf clubs, and why and how to take golf lessons (not to be confused with how to play golf)
(3) Bicycling; building and repairing bicycles  

List three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point.
(1) Cooking
(2) Theatre
(3) Gardening

What’s the most ridiculous Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
An ear of corn (which I wore in 2010 after losing a contest as part of Gray Plant Mooty’s United Way campaign; I got two-thirds of the votes in a three-person race and felt the love...)

Famous person (dead or alive) with whom you’d most like to have dinner?
Jesus, whether dead or alive, or Mahatma Gandhi, preferably alive

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 bicycle shop in an underserved area, staffed by at least one entrepreneurial bike tech and local unemployed workers; the goal of the shop would be to teach skills that lead to future jobs and education

It’s your last meal...what’s on the menu?
I’ll fast, but thanks for asking.

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MARCUS LEBEOUF

List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point.
(1) Sports
(2) Private equity investing
(3) Travel

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

What was your very first paying job?
Camp counselor

Famous person (dead or alive) with whom you’d most like to have dinner?
Martin Luther King, Jr.

It’s your last meal...what’s on the menu?
New England clam chowder and those Ortega stand-n-stuff tacos.

Best piece of advice you ever received?
Put on a suit and show up in the dean’s office at Duke Law School to explain in detail why I should be admitted. I was admitted on the spot.

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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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KERMIT NASH

Three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point?
(1) Biotechnology/food
(2) Rare art
(3) National defense


Three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point?
(1) Soccer
(2) American Idol
(3) Anything to do with cats

Favorite TV show involving a lawyer?
College basketball on ESPN—Jay Bilas is a lawyer

Favorite movie that doesn’t involve a lawyer?
Sergeant York

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

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

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DOUG RAMLER

List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point. 
(1) Law
(2) Policy
(3) Education as it relates to entrepreneurship

List three topics you are least likely to blog about at some point. 
(1) Sex
(2) Drugs
(3) Rock and roll

What did you like most about attending law school at UCLA?
Beaches, palm trees, and movie stars...what’s not to like? 

What’s the most ridiculous Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
Baby (just a diaper and a bottle)

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

It’s your last meal...what’s on the menu?  
Chicago-style deep dish pizza

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JUSTINA ROBERTS

List three topics you are most likely to blog about at some point. 
(1) Food/new restaurants
(2) Current events
(3) Business news

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

What’s the most ridiculous Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
One year I dressed up as the "black market." I wore all black and pinned jewelry to the inside of my jacket and wore sunglasses with dollar signs.

What was your major in college?
Economics and French

If you had it to do all over again, what would you study now?  
Economics and French ☺

It's your last meal.. what's on the menu?  
Filet mignon or anything with truffles

Famous person (dead or alive) with whom you’d most like to have dinner?  
Eleanor Roosevelt or Gloria Steinem

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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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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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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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