The first time Liz Magee got into ballooning was at nationals. The 1995 U.S. National Hot Air Ballooning Championship had come to Columbia, where Magee was then working in the juvenile courts. She was intrigued and signed on to work the ground crew for Springfield attorney Carson Elliff.
Nannette Baker’s portfolio includes a range of images, from an intimate portrait of a butterfly that landed on her knee to a stunning explosion of fireworks at the Arch. Other subjects include orchids, Irish landscapes, even wild turkeys.
When he was 9, Peter Merideth joined a production of the Christmas opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” He was hooked.
Cheryl Walker’s poetry career, started after law school, took her from open mic readings to the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club to publishing in Eyeball Literary Magazine, Drumvoices Revue and others and inclusion in the book “Mischief, Caprice and other Poetic Strategies.
Scaling rock faces 70 feet high — “traversing routes” and “solving boulder problems,” for those in the know — helps attorney Matthew T. Singer keep fit. But, more important, he said, it helps him find mental focus and clarity.
Bryan Cave attorney Dan White said he was working out at The Lab Gym in St. Louis several years ago when its proprietor, Justin Thacker, asked him if he had tried any Olympic lifts.
By day, Courtney Vomund is a benefits attorney at Polsinelli Shughart, working hard behind the scenes. But the 31-year-old senior associate knows how to let off steam. And her colleagues know, without asking, what happened when she shows up at the office banged up a bit.
Listening to “Cypress Avenue” on Kansas City public radio is like having an erudite record store owner walk you through his favorite stash of music. Except that host Bill Shapiro doesn’t work at a record store. He has possibly the least rock ’n’ roll job imaginable — tax lawyer.
Attorney Lee Clayton Goodman is in his ninth year of pastoring his 70-member congregation at the Imani African Methodist Episcopal Church, which worships at Calvary United Church of Christ in the tiny village of Sycamore Hills in St. Louis County.
Debra Fickler is a woman on the go. The Kansas City lawyer opened her own firm in June, enough of a challenge for most lawyers. But Fickler also spends many weekends drag racing at tracks throughout the country, including recently at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.
Charles Curless plays a mean “Margaritaville.” As a guitarist and vocalist for Sober as a Judge, he gets many requests for the Jimmy Buffett classic at gigs around the state and Midwest.