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;Before law school, I was naive, albeit happily.
;My greatest talents as a lawyer are relationship
building and communication.
;My greatest accomplishments as a lawyer are my
;In my practice, I continue to work on improving
my communication skills so that I effectively
represent my clients’ losses and harms, while
ensuring that I also voice and promote the
possibilities of their future. I work for my
clients and always aim to maximize their results.
My career has surprised me by how quickly I was
exposed to litigation and by how much I have
learned about the practice of law through
;The best advice I have for new lawyers is to be authentic. Few attorneys can create a persona separate from themselves and effectively do the
job. I have learned a lot about myself as a result
of my legal practice and, generally speaking,
that has been a really good thing for me in law
and in life.
;My long-term professional goal is to adapt a traditional law practice into a more client-friend-ly, technologically advanced business which
maximizes solutions for the legal challenges
our clients face.
;The worst part of my job is that I have not yet
achieved sustainable personal balance.
;I look up to my attorney mother, who I have partnered with in law and who has mentored me
tremendously through my career.
;I have recently tried or want to try paragliding. Re-
cently I attended a film festival at the Bear’s
Tooth — a wonderful Anchorage, AK estab-
lishment — which created a fire in my belly
to learn to paraglide. I am a licensed private
pilot, but paragliding is a whole new adven-
ture offered only in the sky.
;I create work/life balance by dreaming about the
yoga I wish I was doing. I really love yoga, and
when my life seems especially imbalanced I
know yoga and meditation are the right tools
to correct the internal wrong.
;If I could do something over, it would be learning a
second language while attending college and
;My favorite place in the Pacific Northwest is my home
state of Alaska and the beautiful and tasty
Walla Walla Valley.
;Nobody at work would ever suspect that I am quite
adventurous and a bit spontaneous. In my
work life, organization, and planning are key
components to my success, so people are a bit
surprised that I am different outside of work.
;Aside from my career, I am most proud of this: Hands-
down I am most proud of learning to pilot out
of high school, having a little Cessna in college
and law school, and getting to be a member of
the flying community. But I am also quite proud
of buying my long-desired 1979 Volkswagen
Type- 2 bus a couple of years ago. My family
and friends continue to believe I will regret
paying way too much on something far too un-
reliable, but I love her, am incredibly proud of
her, and share road trips with her every chance
I get — hopefully including a spring trip next
year up the Alaska Highway from Walla Walla
to Anchorage. Buying the bus represents a lot
to me, but mostly that the beauty of life is not
only measured by wise and practical decisions
but also the impulsive and passionate ones.
Whitney A. Power
Washington Bar No. 44499
Alaska Bar No. 1005010
University of Idaho College of Law