“Deborah is a leader. She works tirelessly to accomplish the impossible all the while uplifting everyone around her. Her outstanding work speaks for itself.” September 8, 2010
Linked In- Galorah Keshavarz, Student, University of California, Hastings College of the Law ,
studied with Deborah at University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Jennifer Van Bergen, Journalist and Legal Scholar
“There’s something about you that I love very much, Deb, and always have and have never told you. I really love your innocent perspicaciousness. You’re so smart (in ways I’m not) and strong in ways I really admire, but you’re also sweet and innocent at the same time. Your Midwest (sounds like Minnesota to me) accent emphasizes this, altho I felt it before I ever heard your voice (and if someone just heard you and hadn’t discussed with you or read your words, they might mistake you for something less, because you sound so young and innocent).”
H Freeman, former romantic partner,
I write to recommend Deborah Lagutaris to your LLM-Taxation program. I first met Deborah in 2008, and have worked with her on many projects of different kinds since that time.
We have collaborated on financial proposals, real estate transactions, tax consulting, economics educational endeavors, and theoretical philosophical documents.
I have found her intellectual skills to be broad and deep. She has a far-ranging knowledge in so many areas that some people are skeptical of her intelligence and insight. She is truly an interdisciplinary scholar who can analyze complicated policy positions in international political economy.
Similarly, her practical skills make her a valuable colleague in green home design and choosing the kind of table saw a guy like me might want.
Deborah is a modest and entertaining dinner guest. Most people find her low-key manner and her dry sense of humor charming.
From a friend, a political and social correspondent
DEB – KNOW YOU ARE ESP GOOD AS A ”PEOPLE PERSON,”
I WAS LOOKING AT THIS JOB DESCRIPTION. THERE ARE THREE OR FOUR THINGS THAT MAKE IT A JOB YOU WOULDN’T CONSIDER — YOU’RE NOT LEAVING YOU HOME AREA; YOU HAVE A GIFT FOR WORKING WITH PEOPLE DIRECTLY TO HELP THEM, AND …. YOU DIDN’T COMPLETE LAW SCHOOL FOR NUTHIN. FINALLY, THIS LOOKS LIKE THE KIND OF STRESSFUL, TIME CONSUMING JOB THAT, EVEN IF ONE COULD SOMEHOW MAKE THEM PROMISE YOU’D NEVER BE ASKED FOR MORE THAN 40 HRS/ WEEK OF YOUR TIME, IT WOULD STILL TAKE A SERIOUS TOLL ON YOUR HEALTH OR MINE.
SO THEN I GOT TO THINKING ….. HOW YOUR BACKGROUND IN ECONOMICS, LAW, WORLD POLITICS, AND THE ASPECTS OF SOCIOLOGY INVOLVING CIVIC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE — ESP THIS BACKGROUND ALL BEING AS CLOSELY INVOLVED IN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND ACTIVISM AS IT IS, AND THUS BEING SO AHEAD OF THE CURVE AND IMMEDIATELY VALUABLE TO ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE …… THAT IT SEEMS TO ME (THOUGH POSSIBLY NOT TO YOU) THAT WORKING IN SOME ASPECT OF JOURNALISM, COMMUNICATIONS, OR EVEN EDUCATION IN YOUR FIELD WOULD BE SO NATURAL FOR YOU. ESP IF IT COULD BE FREELANCE OR CONTRACTED OUT SO IT WOULD GIVE YOU MORE CONTROL OVER THE DOWN TIME YOU NEED. AND THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF THINGS YOU’VE ALSO GOT GOING FOR YOU HERE, THAT MANY PEOPLE IN THESE FIELDS MAY NOT HAVE NECESSARILY HAVE. (LIKE BEING A GREAT READER AND WRITER.) (OR POSSESSING THE EMPATHY OF EXPERIENCE.)
ALSO, YOUR PARTLY DISABLED STATUS COULD EVEN BE USEFUL, AT LEAST LEGALLY, AS A WAY OF APPEALING TO MORE POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS, NOW
JUST A FEW TIDBITS FOR THOUGHT …..
— progressive law journals/ or academic publications, journals in MANY fields of law, politics, economics [writing articles, as an editor] – giving workshops in academic or other educational settings of so many kinds…..
— working w/ non-profits on any publications they publish, or publications you could propose they consider publishing — as writer and/or editor, or talking them into doing workshops ….. workshops in prisons, or esp w/ political prisoners / even on skype, or with womens shelters, or orgs for back-to-work prisoners, or for younger, disabled people in nursing homes who deserve their own residences outside of nursing homes ….
— you’d also be great at providing all kinds of resources / bibliographies / films / lists of other media people would get a lot from
— you could look into doing a bit more serious advertising — having a perm, prof webpage (most prof writers and artists even have to have one) — could be a huge help to you ….. you might even be able to get some kind of grant or assistance to pay for a prof web designer to do one
— AND — maybe …. doing an inventory of all possible things, such as above, you’d enjoy, or wouldn’t mind doing, or experiment with doing, and then finding real people and places you could propose doing any of them them with, only initially on a volunteer or extremely low-cost basis – for instance, you c0uld do a one workshop deal – or 2 or 3 time workshop deal……. and list all the things you’ve done in a professional capacity but as a student, friend or associate/collegue
Of all the people I know, Deb — and knowing you’ve even done it before — I’d have to say you are most likely of all to be able to create your own position(s) that would work out or you. Ask Glenn, too, about that and other places he showed us on the net that Jaunty and lots of other people go to to find listings for doing one-time, contracted jobs like writing articles, programming,etc …… maybe you could list in one of these a description of some of these types of jobs you could do.
Just some thoughts for now, Miss V d R.