Ask Lesley Kagan what she does for a living, and she says, “Teach first-year law students.” Ask her where she went to law school, and she politely replies, “In Boston.” Press her for a few more details, and she’ll deftly change the subject—she can chitchat amusingly on everything from celebrities to sports to fashion.
A little research with her friends produces a more robust profile. They love to brag about a woman who graduated with honors from the University of Michigan, earned her law degree from Harvard, and is now among the youngest professors at Northwestern University’s School of Law. “She’s extraordinary; she’s brilliant,” says Dana Wallman, who grew up with Kagan in Highland Park. “But she’s also completely normal and incredibly fun.”
Her day planner is dominated by responsibilities at NU and the time she spends volunteering (currently as a vice chair on the medical research junior board foundation at Children’s Memorial Hospital), but friends say Kagan always makes time to get together. A night on the town, Kagan-style, is usually mellow: a late dinner, perhaps, or drinks at a low-key bar. “I’ve never been too busy for friends and, no, I’m not too busy to date,” Kagan says. “I try very hard to have balance. I think it’s a big part of who I am.”
Email Lesley at firstname.lastname@example.org
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