Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Legally Blogging--Meet Jennifer!!

The Legally Blogging idea was dreamed up by three ladies who all met in blog-land and instantly clicked. You could say it was love at first sight. The immediate connection stemmed from the one thing they had in common: Law. Obviously, as time went on, they discovered they had much more in common than just law, but that was a great starting point.

Here they are!

They decided to join forces and start a blogging series, to show that lawyers aren't always what you'd expect. The main goal of the series is to connect with other legal ladies out there and meet some great new people. Every week, the hope is to showcase a new person in the series.
Series so far:

If you're interested in participating in the Legally Blogging Series, just send an email to Jackie: jjstoughton [AT] gmail [DOT] com.
We'd love to have you on board!

I'm SO excited about Legally Blogging today because my friend Jennifer is being featured! Jennifer and I survived law school together and were bridesmaids in each other's wedding. I'm so sad that she moved away, but of course, that just means I have a new fun place to visit now! 
Take it away Jennifer!!

Hi! My name is Jennifer and I blog on our family blog, Come Rain or Come Shine. I'm originally from a tiny town in Alabama, but my husband Phillip and I currently make our home in Charleston, South Carolina, along with the newest addition to our family, Watson, our Havanese puppy.


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I attended the University of Alabama for undergraduate school and was fortunate enough to take up residence for a couple of years in the honors dorm. Consequently, that is where I first met my husband and my fellow Legally Blogging contributor and good friend Catherine. After graduating with a degree is Business Management, I ventured into the "real world" for a year and worked as a project assistant at an Alabama law firm. Little did I know then that after earning my joint JD/MBA from UA, I would be hired on by said law firm as an associate in the firm's corporate practice group. After about a year and a half of practice, Phillip matched into a cardiology fellowship program in Charleston. Rather than simply sending me on my merry way, my firm generously agreed to try out a telecommuting option. So, a second bar exam later, I now practice law for my Alabama firm from Charleston. It's been a definite transition, but I feel like it's working out great for everyone. And I certainly don't miss wearing heels every day!

When Catherine started recruiting bloggers for Legally Blogging, I thought it would be a great opportunity to connect with other lawyers and to share my perspective on legal telecommuting. Plus, it might break up the blog which is otherwise just the details of our weekend activities (and a lot of food).

1. Why did you start blogging?

My husband and I started our blog shortly after we got married as a way to chronicle our life together. We didn't expect that many people would read it, but it turns out we're more interesting that we thought (but still only to our family and friends)! The whole point for us is to have a record of the life we're building and to be able to look back on it via our blog for years to come (you know, once our memories have failed us). Since we've moved away from our families, it has also been a great way to keep in touch with everyone who loves us most.

Using the tripod and the remote!

2. What do you like to do when you're not blogging?

I love to cook - I'm in a cooking club and am always trying out new recipes. I also love spending time with Phillip, reading, traveling when I can, experiencing this awesome city we live in, and daydreaming about what I'd do if I won the lottery.

Ooey, gooey, and pretty.
Ooey, gooey, and pretty.

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Don't worry, it was supposed to do that.
Don't worry, it was supposed to do that.

Pay no attention to whatever my windblown hair is doing.
Pay no attention to whatever my windblown hair is doing.

3. What do you find is the biggest misconception about lawyers?

I think one of the biggest misconceptions about lawyers is that we are a one-stop shop. Many people expect that every lawyer knows everything about every aspect of the law, and it's just not so (the classic conversation with the person sitting next to you on a plane comes to mind - "So, you're a lawyer...what should I do about my cousin who's disputing our inheritance/my friend's DUI/my neighbor who is threatening to take me to small claims court/not having paid my taxes in six years...). Much like doctors, most of us specialize. There is, of course, the noble general practitioner who can handle a wide range of legal issues, but a lot of us focus our practices on relatively narrow areas of the law. While I can help you form a limited liability company or sell your business assets, I know extremely little about adoption laws, employee benefit plans, and California real estate transactions. But, I am happy to put you in touch with someone who does specialize in that area of the law - one of the perks of being a part of a larger firm!

4. What's your favorite vacation you've been on?

While I've enjoyed our trips to the beach, Las Vegas, New York, and Los Angeles, the favorite vacation award has to go to our honeymoon. We spent a week in St. Lucia and absolutely loved it. We hope to make it back there one day. A runner up - a few weeks after the (first) bar exam, I went on a road trip across four states with my mom and uncle where we spent our time taking back roads and hitting as many local restaurants and dives as possible. It was a blast.


5. What's your best and worst home reno project?

We actually built a house here in Charleston, so while we haven't had any renovations yet, the building process itself was both fun and trying at times. The hardest part was waiting for it to be finished!

Shot from across the street. 
Shot from across the street.

 JBD_4910They are working on installing the cabinets!  I'm in love with the amount of storage space we're going to have in this kitchen!  I may finally get to unpack some of our wedding gifts!

Our blue-green house!

Our blue-green house!

Thank you so much Jennifer for being a part of our series!

OH and please don't forget to enter my giveaway! You can win an adorable dress!
Check it out HERE!!


  1. I always consider joining in this series. I am in a general practice here in Ocean Springs, so it is like a legal hotline around here, which always makes things interesting. I am glad Jennifer joined in, as her blog is great.

    1. We would love to have you as part of the series! Let me know when you would like us to feature you!

  2. I love this series!! I can't wait to read more about the others :)



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