Interviews with NABL Members from NABL News
July 2021 Member Spotlight Karen M. Jordan, Dentons US LLP, St. Louis, MO
1. Tell us something unique about yourself…(interests, hobbies, family, etc.)
I love to cook and to try new recipes. Pre-pandemic, it was difficult to find the time to do it as much as I would have liked but, I’ve been homebound with a lot of nervous energy to burn at the beginning of the shutdown, so I did it a lot more. I’ve made a promise to myself to not let it fall by the wayside as I venture outside of the house more. So far, so good.
2. As Chair of The Workshop: Hybrid 2021, what are you looking forward to the most?
Getting together! As always, there will be great substantive content, but I am looking forward to being able to see people in person. I am also proud that NABL is utilizing a hybrid approach to provide maximum flexibility to the membership. The personal and professional circumstances of NABL members vary widely as it relates to travel and attending in-person. Proving access to the CLEs in-person and virtually shows that NABL is attentive to the needs of its members.
3. As a past attendee, how did attending The Workshop bring value back to your practice?
The Workshop adds value to my practice because it provides an opportunity to receive everything from an overview to a deep-dive of the world of public finance. Each year, I can attend panels that address my day-to-day practice, as well as those that subject matters that I see only occasionally or that I would like to see more often. I have also visited the written materials from panels that I didn’t attend for a primer on an issue that I may encounter at some time in the future.
4. What recent trends or issues will be covered at The Workshop this year that will be of interest to public finance attorneys and other industry participants?
This year, we are going to cover ESG during the General Session. ESG factors have been on the radar for a number of years, but it has emerged with a higher profile recently. As with a number of “hot-button” issues, ESG seems to be a topic in every industry-- governmental and nongovernmental--and can seem overwhelming. We plan to address why ESG is an important topic for public finance practitioners.