7 Qs with Lisa Miller, Esq.
Featuring Angela S. Haskins
WLALA recently asked Angela S. Haskins seven questions. Here are her responses:
What is your favorite technology device? Why?
I can honestly say that I do not have one. It is not that I am a complete technophobe, but I am not compelled by technology. I actually still use a VCR and a first generation i-Pad that I was gifted more than five years ago. I like the things that technology can do to make life simpler but I also believe that it is invasive. I miss the kinder, gentler days when clients did not expect an answer within 15 seconds of sending me an e-mail - on a Sunday. Also, I don’t ever want to “binge watch” anything – I like the space between episodes to think about what I saw and how it affected me. I am also thankful that I had an electronic-free childhood that involved going outside and using my imagination.
What is/was your dream vacation? Why was it the best ever?
My life has been filled with opportunity and I like to believe that I have taken advantage of the same. In college, I hopped onto a tour bus after a concert and travelled with an ‘80s rock band cross-country for a couple of weeks. Years later, I travelled as one of the “friends and family” of the Young Dubliners across Ireland. I have wandered around France, England, Scotland, and Wales without knowing where the next night of sleep might be had.
I have more recently stayed, swanky style, in Paris, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. I am hopeful that the near future will bring some additional opportunities to explore places far and wide. Portugal and Italy are on the short list this year.
In December, I spent ten days in Floral City, Florida with my two favorite people in the world as they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. My Mom & Dad are very entertaining and I actually got time to relax and disconnect.
Name the person you admire the most, and the quality that impresses you the most.
No one person can fill this category, for so many reasons. I most admire people who have demonstrated the ability to adapt and to thrive under difficult circumstances and in the face of obstacles.
I believe that in a fully lived existence, a person fashions herself, over time, as the result of exposure to the many people that she encounters or learns of through historical references. More importantly, that person then changes and evolves as she ages and gains new information and understanding. I am not the same person that I was 10 or 20 years ago and I hope to be an even better version of me in the future.
What is your most significant accomplishment, and what impact did it have?
I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I know that this accomplishment was my springboard to further education and the ability to have a fulfilling career. More than anything, I am cautiously optimistic that my most significant accomplishments are yet to come.
I have played a small role in many amazing projects over the years that have positively affected the lives of others. In return, I have reaped the rewards and experienced the satisfaction of being part of something bigger than me.
If you could “fix” one global challenge, what would it be? How would you fix it?
There is no possible way to identify and carve out one global challenge as they are, for the most part, all inter-related. I will say that education is the key. Education gives a person confidence and power. The ability to read and write and think logically is more valuable than anything else … period.
If you could have a career different from the one you are now pursuing, what would it be? Why is this your alternate choice?
Announcing that I was going to be a lawyer at age four really sealed things up for me. I cannot imagine doing anything else. The only other career path that I ever gave true consideration to was law enforcement. I thought it would be very exciting to be an agent with the FBI, CIA, or U.S. Marshals Service.
What do you hope to accomplish after you retire? Why is this meaningful to you?
My father retired from the Ohio State Highway Patrol at age 48 and has now been retired for more than 20 years. His methodology appeals to me … wake up in the morning and do whatever you want, take a nap in the afternoon, and then do whatever you want … and only spend time with people you truly enjoy. If I can help some folks in the interim, travel once in a while and be genuinely happy, I will have truly succeeded. I anticipate that these goals will be easier to accomplish without a full trial calendar but I am not willing to give that up just yet.
Angela S. Haskins is a Partner in the Los Angeles office of Haight, Brown & Bonesteel, LLP, where she focuses her practice on the defense of healthcare providers. Ms. Haskins is a past president of Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, past Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and remains an active member of both organizations. She is an avid supporter of Break the Cycle and the Downtown Women’s Center. Ms. Haskins can be contacted via www.hbblaw.com/ahaskins.
Lisa Miller is a member of the WLALA Board of Trustees, where she works on the legal implications of domestic violence and homelessness. Ms. Miller is a civil litigator with the Los Angeles-based Marcin Law Firm, LLP. Ms. Miller teaches 1st Amendment / Law of Mass Communication at the University of Southern California, writes and speaks on free speech and related subjects, and consults on trials and appeals. She is a hearing officer for numerous California agencies, municipalities, and bar association fee dispute programs. She serves as a commissioner with the County of Los Angeles Small Business Commission.
Ms. Miller writes the “7 Qs” column for the WLALA newsletter and is always seeking interesting interview subjects.
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