Directly following the Thanksgiving weekend, the New Lawyers
Section is holding their Annual
Speed Networking Reception on Tuesday, November 30th -- where
attorneys of all backgrounds and experience levels can meet,
converse, and make connections. Before you attend the event however,
it's time to think Thanksgiving, so we are asking our
"What is your favorite part of
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Nicole J. Desharnais - Nutter McClennen & Fish
"As a child I resented my Mom's
tradition that prior to any food being served, each person at
the table had to talk about all of the things for which he or
she was thankful in the prior year, but in retrospect it was a
wonderful bonding experience and is the source of some of my
fondest memories. This will be a bittersweet year
because it will be our first Thanksgiving since my father
passed away in June, but it is also the first year in several
years that my sister will be here with her husband and newborn
son after ten years living abroad. We are also
thankful to be celebrating the holiday this year with
every member of my Mom’s extended family (over 120 people) at
the 8th Quinquennial McGillicuddy Family Thanksgiving
Lisa A. Sinclair - Northeastern
"Everything! But, my very favorite part
of the day comes early in the morning when I get up to make
the dressing, prepare the turkey, and set the table, using
each family member’s special contributions (many years of
daughter’s and nieces’ handmade place cards).
Accompanied by a good cup of coffee and my very loyal dog (who
else would be up with me at 4:30 a.m.?!), this is my private
time to give thanks to those cherished in my family’s lives,
past and present. The recipes we use come from beloved
relatives, now deceased, as do the beautiful amber glasses we
use for our holiday toast. In these ways, my father,
aunt and uncle come back to life, joining the rest of us at
the table later in the day, where we give thanks for each
other, the blessings of the past year, and our anticipations
for the future. I enjoy the gentle pace of the day, the annual
before-dinner walk in the woods, and my mother’s sweet whipped
cream on a slice of really fine pumpkin pie. And, my
husband does all of the dishes! Family, friends, a
shared meal, laughter and joy all at one table on one always
special day -that's why Thanksgiving is my favorite
holiday. Wishing all of you a Happy
Amy Auth – Dwyer & Collora
favorite part of Thanksgiving is the fact that there is no
fuss around the holiday, just family, food and football.
And then turkey sandwiches the next day!"
Vanessa Peck – Goulston &
"When I was in law school, my late
grandfather, Robert F. Peck, Sr. (who was a patent attorney at
Polaroid for most of his career) “passed the spoon” to me when
he taught me the secret – and, of course, delicious – recipe
for Peck Family Gravy. We were in Maine and it was cold
outside and cozy inside, and standing by the stove with Grampy
in the midst of my little rite of passage is a Thanksgiving
memory that I’ll always love."
Kevin S. Prussia - WilmerHale
the opportunity to indulge in life outside of work: family and
friends and food. There are few better weekends in the
Steven Couch – Morrison
"Growing up near Detroit, Michigan,
Thanksgiving meant one thing: the Detroit Lions would play in
their only nationally televised game of the year.
Because the Lions have long aspired to mediocrity, home games
often failed to sell out, thus blacking out local television
coverage. The Thanksgiving game, however, was never
blacked out -- even if the team's ownership had to buy up the
last of the tickets. Each Thanksgiving, three
generations of my family would gather around the television
and watch the football game as we caught up with one
another. Every few years, the Lions would win a game
against a much stronger opponent. This year, the
Patriots travel to Detroit for the game and, although I will
not be traveling to Michigan, I'll be hoping for another
Thanksgiving Day upset. (And if it happens, I will be as
shocked as anyone else in town.)"
Mary Lee - Law Office of Mary K. Y.
"My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the
collision of collective cheerful spirits!"
Scott Sebastian – Robinson &
"Family, Food, and Football"
Douglas R. Tillberg - Griesinger, Tighe &
"Family dinner and pumpkin pie"