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20 Questions with Tracy Weir

Women's Initiative Newsletter
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Tracy Weir, a shareholder in our Health Law Group and the Women's Initiative D.C. Office Leader, inspires us to make time to laugh with old friends at that great bistro around the corner.

1. If you weren't a lawyer, what would you be?
Own a bistro with excellent teas and coffee, wine, cheese and fresh baked breads; local art on the walls; and an open mic for book and poetry readings, singing, etc.

2. What are the three qualities that got you where you are today?
Persistence, a commitment to working hard and learning, and treating others with respect.

3. What was the moment you felt you made it?
I haven't had that moment; don't know that I will ever feel that I have "made it." 

4. What change would you like to see in the legal industry?
I'd like to see the legal industry seriously address the issue of "burn out." As technology and workforce policies shift towards increased flexibility, which is a terrific thing overall, there needs to be an acceptable and accepted approach to establishing reasonable boundaries for weekends, vacations and in general. There is a real tension between flexibility and boundaries. This is a recruitment, retention, and mental health issue.

5. How did you make your first dollar?
Telemarketing. How, at the age of 13, I ever convinced anyone to buy tickets to a circus over the phone, I'll never know.

6. What was the last thing you binge-watched?
The Tudors.

7. What book left a lasting impression on you?
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

8. What movie has the greatest ending?
It has to be The Usual Suspects, but since that has already been cited numerous times, I'll say When Harry Met Sally – the interviews at the very end. 

9. What food are you not ashamed to admit you love?
SpaghettiOs, with meatballs, thank you very much.

10. If you could live abroad, where would it be?
Having lived abroad for many years of my childhood, I would be willing to give just about anywhere a try. If forced to choose, let's go with Scotland, a country of heritage for my family.

11. What is one thing you're exceptionally good at?
Making chili.

12. What is one thing you're epically bad at?
Leaving the office on time.

13. What superhero power would you want to have?
Tele-transportation.

14. What is something that's better in theory than in practice?
New Year's resolutions.

15. What store can you not leave without buying something?
Costco, apparently.

16. How do you clear your mind after a bad day?
Read entertainment news.

17. If you could compete in an Olympic sport, what would it be?
Rowing.

18. What are three qualities you thought you wanted in a partner?
Kindness, sense of humor, loyalty.

19. What are three qualities you now know matter?
Kindness, sense of humor, loyalty.

20. What relationship advice would you give to your younger self?
Be picky.

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