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I consider my strengths to be my ability to identify issues and solve problems, that I work well under pressure, and I am intelligent and a hard worker. I may be the most intelligent woman you will ever meet. I am Superwoman.
My name is Kimberley Kellogg. I am the mother of three grown children, all of whom I am immensely proud of and I live in a suburb of Kansas City. I practiced criminal defense and domestic law for 13 years. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Missouri- Kansas City, a respiratory therapy diploma from Northwestern Medical School in Chicago, Illinois and my J.D. from The University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law, I just a completeed my LLM at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in the International Taxation and Business Program. Today, I offer CLE presentations on ethics for Missouri lawyers and work as a mediator in Missouri. I also, am an author. I have two books published and I working on my next literary project.
The reason I went to law school was so I could help people that were less fortunate and were unable to speak or stand up for themselves. At a time in my life, before advanced health directives, also known as living wills, and the famous Karen Ann Quinlan right to die case, I was employed as a respiratory therapist at a large medical center. I worked months with patients who literally couldn't speak. As a respiratory therapist, my suggestions on advance directives fell on deaf ears, no one would listen to me except for suggestions on ventilator settings. I thought as an attorney I could speak up for my patients.
During law school and my practicing law career I had heard about THEM---lawyers who lose their licenses. I never thought I would be one of them. So, how do you or your co-workers keep from becoming me? Maybe you are out of control or you are beginning to lose control? In my recovery from the Superwoman syndrome, I have learned the path is very similar to any program that includes “the twelve steps.” Denial is denial. When the house is burning down; do you recognize this, or simply ignore it? I have worked with the Arizona, Missouri and Kansas Bars to address the issues I had when I practiced law. Those factors will not reoccur. I have worked with a therapist, mentor, AZAL, KALP, MOLA, an ethics coach (John Kurtz) and attended and presented at ethic CLEs. I have attended with permission the Missouri Bar series on Law Office Management. I am not the same person I was over ten years ago. I have worked with a bar group for over five years. I was instrumental in the formation of group meetings in both Arizona and Kansas. I know I cannot undo the damage I did when I practiced. I try to strive to improve the world with kind acts every day of my life, whenever and wherever I can. Remembering the many kindnesses extended to me during very difficult times, I want to dedicate the rest of my professional life to giving back to others in gratitude for all that has been given to me.
How do I get people to listen to my story? I start by saying, “My name is Kimberley Kellogg.”