OnerainySe- attleday severalyears ago,Iattend- edasocial eventfornew andyoung lawyers. I sat
at a table with about six other attorneys
eager to talk, share, and have some fun.
It was, after all, a social event. About 20
minutes into this event, one lawyer stood
up to grab the table’s attention. He said,
“I have something fun for us to do. I do
this at parties all the time.” So of course
we all waited with bated breath for this
fun party activity. Then he said, “Let’s all
name our favorite Supreme Court justice
and why.” Crickets. Very. Loud. Crickets.
We all stared at this guy in disbelief. That
is your fun party activity? Where are
these parties that you are going to? Who
are these people that find this fun?
Yes, we were all lawyers, so clearly we
have some level of passion for the law.
However, I and many others do not want
to talk law at a social event. Before we
became lawyers, we were just regular
people with interests, skills, and talents.
Did they disappear once we were sworn
in? I left that event thinking, “If that was
his idea as a fun party activity, he really
needs to get a hobby.”
If you Google the definition of “hob-
by,” you will see answers along these
lines: “an activity done regularly in one’s
leisure time for pleasure” or “an activity
or interest pursued for pleasure or relax-
ation and not as a main occupation.” As
lawyers, we are busy people, so trying to
find time for a hobby can be difficult. As
Nicholas Pontarolo, a Spokane attorney
who is a skier, sausage maker, and pho-
tographer, among other things (you can
find Nicholas’ blog at www.nickpontarolo.
com), says, “Hobbies make being a lawyer
much more enjoyable.” I think Nicholas
is right, and judging by the several hob-
bies pursued by many attorneys across
the state, they also agree.
Besides being more fun at social
events, here are three reasons to have
1. THE PURE FUN OF IT!
Hobbies are about fun. Who doesn’t
want or need more fun in their lives?
Attorneys are known for being busy
and working long hours. Taking time
for fun is often not a priority. But when
you are doing something that brings you
pleasure or joy, you have achieved some-
Several attorneys here in Washington
are not only practicing law but also experiencing the magic of doing something
they really enjoy as a hobby. For instance,
JORDAN COUCH, an attorney in the
Seattle area, loves to longboard. He was
a skateboarder all through middle school
and part of high school. In college, Jordan would longboard everywhere and
got a lot of stares when he would ride
his skateboard down the street in a suit.
While Jordan is no longer skateboarding
in a suit (which I think is tragic, since we
need more suit-wearing skateboarding
lawyers), he does get some skating time
in around Green Lake.
LAWYERS AND THEIR HOBBIES
The Voice of
Having a Hobby Can Be Beneficial to
Your Health and Bank Account
Jordan Couch is passionate about longboarding.
by Kristina Larry