A Blog Beyond Law

Three Tambourines

By Beyond Law,

I am an economic development evangelist.  What was initially a necessity for survival has become a passion, a core principle—a vocation. To me, economic development—the ability to mobilize efforts to improve the quality of people’s lives and choices—is joyful. Feels like freedom.  And ...


The Call to My Better Self

By Beyond Law,

Even though I know better, these days I find myself consumed by “facts.” Several times a day, I read the national newspapers, Twitter, Facebook, the Huffington Post, the local newspaper, and maybe even the LA Times. I watch video clips of the pundits and others arguing about everything...


Beyond Law Spotlight: Hidden Figures

By Beyond Law,

Hidden Figures is a blockbuster historical drama based on the remarkable true story of three Black women who, in the face of formidable obstacles, contribute their individual and collective genius to the United States’ race to space in the early 1960s—a time when such efforts were dominated ...


First World Problems

By Beyond Law,

I love to sleep on planes.No, you don’t understand.I mean, I looooooovvvvvve it, as much as the trip. Once I went to Dubai, a 16 hour plane ride. It was a lovely flight, Veuve Cliquot champagne on a spigot, huge seats and my own pod that had space enough to lie down flat. I swear, […]


Take Your Own Damn Advice

By Beyond Law,

When I was 37, a friend of mine, who I love dearly, called to tell me that at my advancing age I needed to freeze my eggs. Instantly, I got angry, hot all over and told my lovely friend to “freeze her own damn eggs.” That is now a funny story between us, as she […]


Dolphin Like Me

By Beyond Law,

Dolphins learn to please their trainers by pretending to be sick, because they know that their trainers take such joy in healing them. Such clever animals, they are not alone. Human beings can unintentionally fall into this pattern as well, the extreme version being codependency. There is a fine lin...


Just Like the Rest of Us

By Janice Brown,

I am relieved that Tiger Woods can’t golf like he used to. The late great Stuart Scott would crow that Tiger was butter, cause he was on a role. He was Da Man! Looking out from Accenture ads in the airport. With the Swedish nanny of a wife, with beautiful biracial kids. Not like us, […]


The Audacity of Audacity

By Janice Brown,

I love words that sound like they should. Audacity is one of them. It seems almost haughty to say it, like it comes from the part of the brain where special words are kept, like epochal, fortuitous and ramshackle.  But, audacity is a dare, a challenge, a throwing down of sorts. It isn’t for t...


Harvard, Notwithstanding

By Janice Brown,

I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Montana and my law degree from Gonzaga University. Two schools that I attended mostly because of the proximity and because I didn’t really understand what Harvard (or other great schools) meant. Oh yeah, and I could not have gotten in. ...


Chief Operating Genius

By Janice Brown,

I have a friend, who scares the bejesus out of me. She is so wired into her spiritual self, so clearly committed to her purpose, so organized that it literally pains me to be in her presence, because she soooooo calls me on my shit.  This woman, Stephanie Chick, is the owner of a company […]