Journeys with JA

Our shared experiences at Jespersen & Associates, our journeys if you will, have most always been good, even noble at times. No doubt some could have been better but they all have one thing in common: The work and the people we are fortunate to work with continue to challenge, reward, and surprise us.

Justice Blackmun: "Old Number Three"

Harry A. Blackmun (1908–1999)

It was Harry A. Blackmun who fully opened the door to the reproductive rights of women across the country. I met him shortly after his retirement, on two occasions.

Justice Blackmun referred to himself as "Old Number Three" because he was President Richard Nixon's third choice for a Supreme Court vacancy. As he met his fellow judges for their first official photo session, he remembered thinking, “What am I doing here?”

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Merle Hoffman: Choices

My first impression of Merle Hoffman was that Joan Rivers had become an advocate for women’s rights—they had a lot in common. The times when I had the chance to work with Merle, or interview her, she was so outspoken that I could only nod my head from time to time, and take copious notes.  

Her life took her from classical piano prodigy at Carnegie Hall to the forefront (and front lines) of women’s rights, here and abroad.

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Surfing to the March

"You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf."

What do you do when things go wrong; when the best laid plans are turned upside down? As soon as the Women’s March in Washington was announced, Carrie, Caitlin and I excitedly made plans to go. Details quickly fell into place—Carrie’s mom and a friend were going, so we decided to make it a party of five, and take a round-trip Rally Bus from Stamford.

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Racing our Concrete Canoe

“Sign up on the bulletin board!” shouted the guy walking down a corridor in Riggs Hall, waving a flyer at me.  I was a junior civil engineering major at Clemson University, and I was hooked.  Build and race a concrete canoe in competition with my classmates?  Like many of the opportunities in my life, this one was just too tempting to pass up.  For Civil Engineering types, the event, born out of intramural races held in the 60s, is the equivalent of the America’s Cup.

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Photos: Heather Houston

It’s a special occasion when everyone from JA is under one roof, and to celebrate we kicked off the holidays with a party/cooking class at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, just a few blocks from our office.

With family and friends in tow, and under the expert (and patient) tutelage of our chef and instructor Jerrod Perry, we peeled, diced, toasted, roasted, sautéed, seared, deglazed, puréed, caramelized, stir-fried, baked, marinated and mashed our way through an impressive menu:

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