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Members Who Motivate Us Virginia Patterson What’s your favorite vacation spot? Well my favorite is Hawaii—it’s paradise to me. It’s so beautiful and exotic, yet it’s very accessible since it’s part of the U.S. I particularly enjoy the big island (though I wasn’t there when it was spewing lava). In fact, the last time I was there was 2006. I took my family and we toured at a coff ee plantation. Th ere’s a little town on the slopes of Mauna Loa, and every Wednesday they roast the coff ee beans, so driving up the mountain you’re surrounded by the small of coff ee. Ever since then I’ve had Hawaiian coff ee shipped to me at home as a special treat. What does service mean to you? When I think of service in the context of the work I do for my clients, I think of it as putting the client’s goals fi rst, being accessible on their schedule, and trying to anticipate what is needed to help the client reach their goal. For me the reward is being able to take some quiet pride in being a small part of their success. What’s your advice for new attorneys? In today’s legal profession—which has now become an “industry,” which I hate—there is a sense of pressure to do things fast. With the advent of computers and iPads and 24- hour accessibility, there is such a need for speed that taking the time to understand a client’s needs and background could be forsaken. Everything is done in such a hurry that you don’t get a chance to build a meaningful relationship with the client. It’s an unfortunate consequence of the world we live in, but my advice to young lawyers is to slow down and keep the big picture in mind. 16 Birmingham Bar Association


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