Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Lawyer, mother, superstar.

While surfing the web the other day, I fell into yet another rabbit hole that somehow led me to this biography of Boston lawyer Ruth O'Brien.  Her story of humble beginnings in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Yale Law School in the early 50's, to partner at a nearly all male law firm in the 70's by comparison makes OBama's rise to the presidency seem as certain as finding a vacancy at the Chernobyl Holiday Inn.

Sure, we all complain from time to time about too much work, too little pay and the difficulty of balancing work with some semblance of a personal life.   But before you dive too deeply into a pool of self-pity, just remember you never had to do all of that while raising 6 kids, fighting institutional sexism and wearing a body cast!  If this story wasn't true, you wouldn't think it possible.  Oh, yeah, turns out that one of her 6 kids is Conan O'Brien, the Late Night host.

What does this have to do with legal writing?  Not a whole heck of a lot - but how often does the Law Librarian Blog actually talk about books?  So cut me some slack, why don't 'cha.

I am the scholarship dude (who, thanks to Ms. O'Brien, is now more certain than ever that my life is completely meaningless).



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