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Meet Liza Lugo, J.D. (lawdoctorlee) - An Interview with a Scholar and Author

Updated on December 16, 2015
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Ms.Treadwell is a licensed attorney and the author of "How Do Hurricane Katrina's Winds Blow: Racism in 21st Century New Orleans."

My happiest time.

During my time of introspection and self-discovery during my European travels.
During my time of introspection and self-discovery during my European travels. | Source

Accepting a Challenge

I absolutely love to read; and that means anything I can get my hands on: a book, a pamphlet, statutes, court opinions, or the news (online or in print). And then there is HubPages. I have been writing for HubPages for about three years now; and as much as I enjoy writing about different topics, I enjoy reading the hubs of numerous contributors. Probably the greatest thing about writing for HubPages is the support, encouragement, and inspiration I get from the author community. Here I often get the spark I need to write whenever I've hit a slump. Just when I think I have nothing to write about, I read a hub or two from one of my favorite HP writers and, voilà, something clicks; and I'm typing away again.

My favorite author on HP is Billybuc aka Bill Holland. His hubs are interesting, funny, inspiring, and thought-provoking. I guess you could say that I'm writing this hub for him. He recently accepted a challenge from a fellow hubber, Jen (Availiasvision). According to Bill, Jen "challenged us to answer a series of questions about ourselves. In other words, she asked that we interview ourselves." Bill "loved the idea" and did it. At the end of his hub, Bill extended the challenge to readers and his followers:

"Now how about the rest of you? Are you willing to get a can opener and pry the lid off of yourself? We would all love to see what’s inside your head and heart."

I did answer questions about myself on Goodreads; but I thought, I think I'm willing to accept Bill's challenge.

Me at age 2.

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"The Big Picture"

I'm a Valentine's Day baby; and everyone tells me, "aww how sweet." I'm a New York City girl; and though I moved from New York when I became an adult, I've never been able to get that spirit out of my heart: sometimes raw; sometimes sophisticated; always free-spirited, loud, and passionate about a cause. I often march to the sound of my own drummer; and when I do so, I've been known to either hit the pavement pretty hard or soar to places I could only dream about. Deep down, I'm a risk taker. I'm not reckless though as I try to sort out the pros and cons first: calculating and understanding the price I am willing to pay for the trip. Particularly, if I have nothing to lose, I'm all over it, as they say, "like white on rice."

I've been asked, "would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?" My response is a resounding, "big-picture person." I understand the greater concept of situations and scenarios rather than getting "bogged-down" in the details. Perhaps it is because I believe that there is often more than one way to accomplish something. That is not to say that details are unimportant; they are, particularly, if one is trying to determine where things went wrong. Lawyers and laymen alike have often said "the Devil is in the details." Still, let's just say that I don't let the details distract me from the larger issue at hand.

Professional Questions

What does your writing process look like?

"Probably, to a non-writer, my writing process looks like a hot mess. My desk, floor, and tables around me are loaded with piles of research organized in a way that only makes sense to me. I write with about ten tabs open on my computer as I bounce back and forth and in between. Sometimes I write for hours at a time; sometimes I can only get a few sentences out. I read and rewrite constantly. Sometimes I don't look at my draft for weeks because I hate it and then come back to it in later weeks to find that "hey, this is pretty damn good." I don't write chapters in the order in which they are published in the book. I reorganize paragraphs with regularity. Most writers will tell you just write...then organize it later so it makes sense."


Do you have any strange writing habits?

"I don't think they are strange but I write in the most raggedy clothes I have - usually a tee shirt, cardigan sweater, yoga pants and socks (no shoes). My long hair is tied in a knot on my head; and when I'm thinking, I pull it out of the knot and comb my fingers through it. I think it stimulates the blood flow to the brain (hahaha). I drink a lot of coffee when I write. I need some random noise going on around me; the TV or jazz music works well. I can't work in dead silence."


Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

"Yes, I read my reviews. Right now it is manageable for me to respond to most or all of them. I don't take the reviews as defining of my work. Good reviews are always good but bad reviews are fine too. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I'm open-minded; so, if someone tells me my work sucks, I look at why that person thinks so. Sometimes I make changes based on their opinion. Bad reviews can be as well-deserved as good ones. I look at bad reviews as an opportunity to do better work. If I feel a bad review is not deserved, it's okay. I still thank that person for taking the time out of their day to read my work. There are other things they could have spent their time on besides me, so I still appreciate it."


What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

"Formal citations...uggh! Writing a reference page, works cited page, or bibliography for a book is the most boring thing in the world. Well, except for developing an index for a book. What a snore!"

I love to travel!

Me at the Roman Forum in Italy.
Me at the Roman Forum in Italy. | Source
Me at the summit of the Zugspitze (the Wetterstein Mountains of the Alps) on the border of Germany and Austria.  The Summit Cross is behind me.
Me at the summit of the Zugspitze (the Wetterstein Mountains of the Alps) on the border of Germany and Austria. The Summit Cross is behind me. | Source
Me in Munich, Germany with a mime.
Me in Munich, Germany with a mime. | Source
Me in a breathtaking setting in the Czech Republic.
Me in a breathtaking setting in the Czech Republic. | Source
Me watching the boats in Sag Harbor, NY.
Me watching the boats in Sag Harbor, NY. | Source
Me during a hike in the Franklin Mountains, El Paso, TX.
Me during a hike in the Franklin Mountains, El Paso, TX. | Source

Law School Graduation Day!

At the University of Florida - Go Gators!  All Rights Reserved.
At the University of Florida - Go Gators! All Rights Reserved. | Source

Personal Questions

List five words that describe your character:

"Honest, straight-forward, hopeful, open-minded, and impatient. Well, I wouldn't be honest if I only listed positive traits to describe my character. No one is perfect, least of all me. Patience is something that has always been a challenge for me."


What is your greatest fear?

"Don't you hate this question? So many things scare me; certain bugs, horror movies, speaking in front of a large group, losing love, and failure are a couple of my fears. But my greatest fear is that I would let fear control my life. I've done many things in my life while being scared to death but I push through the fear and then collapse into a mental breakdown when it's all over (hahahha)."


Who has impacted you most in your career and how?

"Honestly, I've been blessed to have some great mentors, leaders, and bosses in my lifetime. But I have to say that Professor James Beckman has impacted me the most in my career. Once my professor at the University of Tampa (now he is at the University of Central Florida), Professor Beckman was the first to get me to really understand the concept of institutionalized racism with his course on Constitutional Law and Race Theory. From there, I volunteered to assist him with the research for a book he was working on about affirmative action programs in higher education since I had prior experience in college admissions. He knew I wanted to be a lawyer and encouraged me to apply to law school. He made me believe I could do it, that it was possible, and that I was not dreaming too big. Professor Beckman wrote my letter of recommendation for law school admission, reviewed my personal statement for the application, and gave me great advice during the process and throughout law school and beyond. He even followed my work on HubPages and asked me to write a chapter for his then-upcoming anthology on affirmative action. His interest in my writing and invitation gave me the esteem boost I needed to propose my own work to the same publisher. I was blessed when it became the book How Do Hurricane Katrina's Winds Blow. Professor Beckman even wrote an endorsement for the book on my behalf. It's an honor to know him."


What is your biggest regret and why?

"When I was in my 20s and 30s, I used to say, "I have no regrets. Every mistake has been an opportunity to learn." Well, go figure, I hadn't lived long enough to do stupid things I would regret later. We all say, "I shoulda, coulda, woulda..." maybe go straight to college after high school, maybe had my kids later in life, picked better friends but it's true, "youth is wasted on the young." My biggest regret is that, sometimes along the way, I hurt the people I loved the most. I didn't have the intent to hurt them but that didn't make their pain any less dull. So now I am more conscious of the effects that I have on others and strive to be encouraging, helpful, and supportive."

Passing on the Challenge

I get it. It's not easy to write about oneself. It's vulnerable and it's thought-provoking. But I found that this can be a great exercise. It provides an opportunity for introspection. It's a good way to dust off the cobwebs of the brain. So, I'll pass the challenge on to all of you. Take some time to write about yourself. Share your lessons with others. Spark inspiration. Think about how far you've come, where you would like to go, and what this wonderful new year will bring.

Special thanks to Bill Holland and Jennifer Arnett for inspiring this hub.

Works Cited

Arnett, Jennifer. "Interview Yourself: A Writer's Challenge." HubPages.com. http://availiasvision.hubpages.com/hub/Interview-Yourself-A-writers-Challenge. Access date: 1/1/2015.

Holland, Bill. "Meet Bill Holland aka Billybuc: The Interview." HubPages.com. Nov. 26, 2014. http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Meet-Bill-Holland-aka-Billybuc-The-Interview. Access date: 1/1/2015.

By Liza Lugo, J.D.

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Ms. Lugo retains exclusive copyright and publishing rights to all of her articles and photos by her located on Hub Pages. Portions of articles or entire content of any of these articles may not be used without the author's express written consent.Persons plagiarizing or using content without authorization may be subject to legal action.

Originally written and published on January 1, 2015. Latest corrections and edits made on February 23, 2015.

Permission requests may be submitted to liza@lizalugojd.com.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Hi Everyone, new photos were added to this hub on February 23, 2015. Enjoy!

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Elsie Hagley, thanks for taking the time to read my hub and for sharing your comment. Glad you enjoyed reading it. Take whatever angle you feel works for you. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Enjoy the process.

      I hope the new year brings you many wonderful things. Blessings to you & yours.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting article, I enjoy reading it and it is helpful to me as I want to do this challenge, but having trouble getting going, most likely because I have just started writing seriously and don't consider myself able to answer the questions as a writer.

      I will take a different angle I think, it was nice reading your reply the this challenge.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      You're welcome, Availiasvision! Thank you for stopping by to read this hub and for your comments. Like many other hubbers, I was glad to participate in your challenge. Indeed, I am blessed to have such wonderful mentors. It looks like a lot of us are Billybuc fans :)

      Wishing you much continued success in 2015. Stay blessed.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Thanks for sharing about your life and academic success. You are very blessed to have thoughtful mentors in your life. I'm also a Billybuc fan.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      ahorseback (Ed), thanks for making the time to read my work and for commenting. Glad you hit the "funny button!" I'm sure it's a hilarious image of me during the writing process; yea, I can't do shoes when I'm writing; and my hair is a wild mess when I pull it out of the knot. Hopefully, my readers will get a better sense of who I am as a writer and person by reading this hub.

      I hope the new year brings you many wonderful things.

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      Okay .....so I'm the guy that hit the funny button too ! I pictured you there as you described dressing to write each morning . The barefoot writer . What an image ........I ove the spirit that you project outwards , THAT is the key to any kind of success . Write on girl .........good to get to know you ..........Ed

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Marcy, what can I say except that I am truly honored to have you among my followers. I'm humbled by your comment. You're always so encouraging. I wish you nothing but the best in 2015. Keep on being amazing!

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Audrey, thanks for taking time out of your day to share it with me & my work and for commenting. Hope 2015 is a wonderful year for you!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

      I have admired you (our great LawDoctorLee) since I first joined the site! You're so talented and you add so much to the entire HubPages site! I'm glad I got to meet you through the AP!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      So good to get to know you better!

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks, DzyMsLizzy, for taking time out to read this hub and for your comment. Remember, it's never too late to travel. Personally, I think driving trips are the best!

      Wishing you much continued success in your writing. Have a blessed new year!

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Very nice tour through what makes you tick. ;-) I always wanted to travel, but between being scared of my own shadow and lacking confidence and self-esteem when I was younger, and no budget for it later, the only places I've traveled have been within the USA, and a small part of Western Canada...all driving trips.

      Thanks for sharing your innermost you!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Thank you. Happy new year to you too!

      Ann

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Frank, thanks so much for taking the time to read my latest hub and for your comment.

      Wishing you many blessings, continued success, and a great 2015.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Annart, thanks for reading & commenting on my latest hub. Yes, the challenge does bring out some emotions. Sounds like you & I have similar writing styles. I look forward to reading more of your work.

      Hope the new year brings you many blessings. Wishing you much continued success.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      lad you took the challenge so we can meet the person behind lawdoctorlee..bless you and Happy New Year :)

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I too put bill at the top of my list of hubbers, for his supportive nature, his attitude to writing and his superb writing talent.

      I enjoyed doing my response to this challenge; it does bring out some emotions doesn't it?!

      I enjoyed reading yours; you've had an interesting life and you have a great attitude. I too find it hard to write in silence and I tend to write random bits before I stick things together.

      Thanks for following me and I'm off to reciprocate.

      Ann

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Iris, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to share it with me and my work. I so appreciate your comment. Glad you enjoyed reading this hub. It was a more challenging than I thought it would be. I have shared some things about myself through my travel hubs, since I write them from my experiences, through a couple of parenting hubs, and my hub about the 40 life lessons I learned in my 40s.

      But with this hub, maybe now readers will understand a little bit more about why I write what I write. I must say that until Prof. Beckman's class, some 11 yrs ago, I didn't really understand the concept about institutionalized racism - it was then that it all clicked.

      I'm looking forward to getting to know you better as well. May the new year bring you and yours many blessings. Wishing you much continued success.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I really enjoyed reading this. And your comments about institutionalized racism pique my interests about your work even more. That is one of my areas of interest. Your writing processes is much like mine except I like to work in quiet.

      It's nice to meet you. I look forward to getting to know you better.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Doris, awww...you are just too kind. Thank you so much for spending a piece of your day with me and my work. I'm truly grateful.

      P.S. Is there any person who does not think that Billybuc is great??? If so, I don't want to know!

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      Doris H. Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

      Well, this was the first hub that I've read that you have written , and how valuable it was. I think I see your spark, your drive, your commitments, your fears, and certainly the thing that you love ~ writing. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. I love your pictures, and I will definitely try to meet this same challenge.

      P.S. I think Billybuc is great too.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Ericdierker, once again, I thank you for sharing part of your day with my work and sending me encouraging comments. Honored to have your respect. Wishing you nothing but the best in the new year.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Jodah, thank you so much for your warm reception of this hub. I've been reading some of the other responses to the challenge - what an interesting group of hubbers we have!

      Agreed that "any friend of billybuc is a friend of mine." :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent job of putting yourself out there for the rest of us. I learned a lot about an author I have respected. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love this interview Liza. Great to know you (I didn't at all before). There have been great responses to this challenge by Jennifer (availiasvision), and I couldn't resist attempting it myself, even though it was a little out of my comfort zone. Thank you for sharing your story and what inspires you etc. Great photos of your travels too. Now I need to read some of your other hubs. Oh, any friend of billybuc's is a friend of mine :)

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Bill, gee...thank you so much for saying this is your favorite. When I first started on HP, I really wasn't at a point in my life where I felt I could put out anything personal. Personal stuff to total strangers? Are you kidding me? Believe it or not, your work has given me some added courage...that yes, you can put your stuff out there, and all will be well. Just want to let you know that your work has inspired me personally and professionally. Glad to know that you like what you learned. Keep writing. You are definitely "helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks, Paradise7. So glad you took time out of your day to read my little bio-hub, to comment, and to share your own experiences with me. Traveling is my favorite thing to do. It helps to keep me open-minded. Believe me, accepting a trip to a place where I don't know the language is very intimidating. I do my best though by getting a dictionary. Usually, locals help me with gentle corrections or by attempting to speak English. They appreciate my bumbled attempts. Thanks for saying that I'm brave. Funny, I never see it as brave at the time because my knees are shaking through the experience. Wishing you and yours a very happy and prosperous new year.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liza, this is my favorite of all your articles. The reason why? Because I finally feel like I know a little bit about you. Your earlier articles were about the law, and although interesting, it gave me no clue about the person writing them. Today I can say I now know a little bit about Liza the person, and I like what I learned.

      Thank you for the kind words. I'll try to never let you down with my writing. And thank you for taking the challenge. It was a pleasure "meeting you" on more than a surface level.

      Happy New Year, Liza!

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      Paradise7 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      I think I admire your travels the most. It looks like you're having a lot of fun. I recently got back in contact with an old friend who is now living in Cairo. I think she's brave, and you're also brave; traveling in countries where I don't know the language makes me very, very nervous.

      I'm not exactly the opposite of you but I tend very much to back away when I'm frightened of something. I think I've missed opportunities along the way because of this.

      Taking some risks has at least given you an interesting life.