Member Spotlights

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Member Spotlight: Barbara Jane League, Andrews Kurth, Houston, TX

Tell us a little about yourself - your family, your hobbies, etc...

I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and my parents, sister, brother and nephews still live in my hometown. A few days ago I moved to Houston to work at Andrews Kurth, which is exciting. I eat an almost exclusively vegan diet for health reasons, and recently I have taken up pilates, where I usually am the least flexible person in the class. As for other hobbies, I enjoy a lot of different activities and think of myself as an “and” person. For example, I enjoy reading and Broadway musicals and sports (watching and playing) and so on.

What first interested you in law?

In college, I had the opportunity to work as a file clerk for a personal injury law firm in Jacksonville. Even though personal injury law was not my calling, I enjoyed the puzzle-solving aspect of the practice and was surprised how much the lawyers in the firm were able to help people.

What is your law specialization within public finance?

I am a 103 tax lawyer.

What was the best career advice anyone ever gave you?

It is hard to say what the best career advice has been, but I think of a conversation with Harvey Rogers often. The point of the conversation was you must never stop trying to improve in all aspects of your career – your legal skills, your social skills, your communication skills, etc. I am an introspective person, so that advice resonated with me.

Also, the team with whom you work is very important.

How (and when) were you first introduced to NABL?

I was introduced to NABL while working at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel under Rebecca Harrigal and Tim Jones. NABL, its members and its publications were valuable resources for me as a new bond lawyer.

How has your participation and membership in NABL been of value to you and your practice?

The materials produced by NABL are always informative and of the highest quality. In addition, attending NABL conferences has allowed me to meet bond lawyers from across the country and to stay in touch with my peers.

As a member of the 2015 BAW Steering Committee and as a panelist on this year's "Working Capital Financings-Tax Considerations," would you tell us about your plan for your panel?

This year’s BAW emphasizes practical strategies for working with distressed issuers, and the working capital panel is no exception. We are going to discuss the nature of working capital financings, when they may be appropriate to help manage cash flow, common issues that arise in both short-term and long-term working capital financings and standards of due diligence when working with issuers. We will review an example cash flow together and discuss best practices for bond counsel.

From the questionnaire made famous by Bernard Pivot and James Lipton, “What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?”

I have wanted to be a teacher since high school. However, I also would like to try being an internet entrepreneur and a nutritionist and a white-water rafting guide and vodka distillery owner and so on.

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