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November 2011
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Who’s Who, Representing You? Meet the New Members of Your Board of Trustees

Who’s Who, Representing You? Meet the New Members of Your Board of Trustees

Gillian Bidgood Catherine Chan

(left) Gillian Bidgood, Young Lawyers Division Chair, Associate, Polsinelli Shughart.

Catherine Chan, DBA Trustee, Principal at Chan Law Firm, specializing in immigration law and civil litigation.


Docket: If you have free time on a Saturday, what are you most likely doing?

Bidgood: Reading a book or searching for the next book that I won’t be able to put down.

Chan: Free time is usually for catching up on household duties, like gardening and grocery shopping. When it’s not too hot I like to take my dog to City Park for a long walk and then a nap.

Docket: What is your greatest passion outside the law?

B: My two beautiful children.

C: My greatest passion outside the law is French literature. I enjoy reading and analyzing the classical authors: De Balzac, Voltaire, Baudelaire, Zola, Hugo, and Flaubert.

Docket: What place are you dying to travel to?

B:I would love to go back to France for the language and the shopping.

C: I’m dying to travel to Australia! As an amateur foodie, I can’t wait to try the many eclectic food options available in a country comprised of itinerants and migrants from all over the world.

Docket: What was the last good movie you saw?

B: It’s a tie between "Inglourious Basterds" (I love Quentin Tarantino movies) and "The Men Who Stare at Goats" (I can’t resist George Clooney movies either).

C: The last good movie I saw was "A Time for Drunken Horses." This is an Iranian movie with subtitles. It was shot over gorgeous landscape and terrain. It was heartbreaking and hauntingly beautiful.

Docket: What has been your best moment in the courtroom?

B: I was attempting to treat our witness as hostile but the judge wasn’t convinced by our initial approach. I came up with a new approach on the spot even when the lead attorney was out of ideas.

C: The best moment for me in the courtroom is when my client, while holding their breath waiting for the judge’s decision, reached out for my hand to hold to steady them.


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