7 Questions with Lisa Miller, Esq
Featuring Denise McKinney Howell
Denise McKinney Howell
Howell hosts This WEEK in LAW (part of Leo Laporte's TWiT.tv), which focuses mostly on intellectual property and other technology-related legal matters. She writes Lawgarithms (ZDNet) and her blog, Bag and Baggage (initiated in 2001), was one of the first law-related blogs.
Ms. Howell earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987 at the University of California at Los Angeles, where she majored in English. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law in 1990.
WLALA recently asked lawyer-blogger-podcast host Denise McKinney Howell seven questions. Here are Ms. Howell’s answers (edited for length and style):
What is your favorite technology device? Why?
Flat iron (also known as Long Hair's Best Friend)! My flat iron is refreshingly simple, reliable, and consistent. All the rest of my devices just steal time from family, yoga, and life.
What was the best vacation you ever took? What made it the best ever?
The next one, and the one after that, whenever and wherever they may be. But picking a best trip is like picking a favorite child: morally irresponsible and hazardous to the mental health of all concerned.
Breaking out of life's routine and experiencing new people and places isn't a vacation; it's a necessity. Nothing compares to arriving in a new or well-loved place, on the brink of the next adventure.
What was your favorite TV show growing up? What about it spoke to you?
Star Trek, the original series. Its vision of humanity and the universe, its ability to sandbox complex social issues, its humor, its reverence for excellence in judgment and ethics. All of this combined to make it a handbook for life. It’s a roadmap for the future.
Plus, you never knew when William Shatner's shirt was coming off.
If you were going to write a screenplay, what genre would it be? Who would be your first choice for lead actor/actress? Why?
Science fiction; Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, and Summer Glau; because they can all nail that role.
If you could “fix” one global challenge, what challenge would it be? How would you “fix” it?
Access to a quality education. But that's a tough one to "fix." It starts with engaged, intelligent, well-trained teachers; no more than 15 students in a class; and no homework through high school.
If you could have a career different from the one you are now pursuing, what would it be? Why is this your alternate choice?
Astrophysicist. Have you seen Michio Kaku (futurist, theoretical physicist, and Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of New York) and Neil deGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City)? Who doesn't want to be them?
What do you hope to accomplish before you retire? After you retire?
Retire?? I still have to start a career as an astrophysicist. And a marine biologist. And a teacher. And a naturalist. And an author. And a computer scientist. And a photographer. And a yoga instructor. And ...
Lisa Miller is a member of the WLALA Board of Governors, where she runs projects centered on the legal aspects of domestic violence and homelessness. Ms. Miller is Of Counsel with the California and Nevada-based law firm Marcin Lambirth, LLP, focused on business litigation (including digital, hacking, and electronic espionage matters), civil rights/excessive force complaints, and high-end personal injury. Ms. Miller is a hearing officer for numerous California agencies, cities, and bar association fee dispute programs. She is admitted to practice law in California, New York, and all federal courts.
Ms. Miller teaches First Amendment Free Speech / Law of Mass Communication at the University of Southern California, writes and speaks on freedom of speech and related subjects, and consults on trials and appeals.