fessional, academic, and social networks
were in the Midwest. And the few clients
I had mustered were in the Midwest.
How would I ever start over? Client development was my primary concern, but
I equally worried about becoming acquainted with and earning the respect of
the innumerable, capable attorneys with
whom I would inevitably work.
So, like a good lawyer, I prepared.
I had heard about this notion of the
“Seattle Freeze,” which suggests that
breaking into the Seattle community
can be challenging for transplants. As
a Minnesota native quite familiar with
a similar notion, “Minnesota Nice,” I
knew I had my work cut out for me, so
I got to work the moment we decided to
move. I reached out to my own contacts,
asked my friends and colleagues for
personal introductions to their Wash-
by Rachel Bowe
TRANSITIONING FROM ONE
LEGAL MARKET TO ANOTHER
As business in Washington booms, people are moving to this state in droves for the opportunities that await. The highway traffic alone is evidence of the bursting economy. Of course, the folks
moving here are not alone. They are accompanied
by their spouses, significant others, and families,
which further fuels the undeniable growth spurt in
the Pacific Northwest. Personally, I joined the rush
late last year after Amazon recruited my significant
other. We packed up our apartment in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, sold the cross-country skis, and happily
made the trek to Seattle, eagerly exchanging the
frigid, arctic temperatures and flat terrain of Minnesota for the mild, if not a bit rainy, climate of the
Puget Sound and scenic views of Mount Rainier.
As a lawyer with roots firmly planted in Minnesota, to say that I was nervous to begin anew in an
unfamiliar legal market is a complete understatement.
My friends and family were in the Midwest. My pro- © I S