Karaoke, Ice Cream and The Bachelor Are Why Annie Vang's Heart Will Go On
Discovery with Annabelle Vang
Published in 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers magazine on November 14, 2019
My nickname is … Annie.
I can’t go a day without … caffeine. Otherwise I’m in need of a hard nap.
If you were in my office, you’d … be impressed that I’ve kept all of my books from law school. But they haven’t been opened in years.
My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I took a service trip to Nepal after it was hit with an earthquake, and built water wells.
The quality I most like in a lawyer is … patience.
My career high point (so far) has been … winning the Belle Case La Follette Award from the state Bar in 2016.
If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … the director of a nonprofit.
When I win a case, I celebrate by … getting right into another one.
The SCOTUS justice I’d like to meet is … Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The SCOTUS decision I’d overturn is … Korematsu v. United States.
A different practice area that intrigues me is … adoption and surrogacy law.
I can’t believe more people haven’t read … Flowers for Algernon—my favorite book.
My fictional hero is … Superman—another refugee with good ol’ Midwestern morals.
My real-life hero is … my father.
On weekends I … go kayaking or go for a hike with my husband and our dog.
My most bizarre talent is … not bizarre, but I love to sing. I take any opportunity I can to karaoke.
The talent I wish I had is … drawing. I have zero skill in this.
The movie line I quote most often is … any line from Titanic.
I wish I had invented … sliced bread. People keep saying it’s the best thing.
If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … my good friend Becca. We used to host a radio show together in college and had the best times.
My favorite podcast is … My Favorite Murder.
Nothing cheers me up like … ice cream.
My guilty pleasure is … The Bachelor franchise.
If I won the lottery I’d … pay off my student loans, then buy my parents a lake house.
A recurring dream I have is … that I’ve overslept and am late for a court appearance.
My worst previous job was … a hostess at Applebee’s. Part of my job was cleaning the bathrooms at the end of the night.
The one thing that I would change about the legal profession is … more on-the-job training as a student.
If you could offer one piece of advice to new lawyers, it would be … make strong connections with not only the judges, but other practitioners in your field. It’s a small legal community and you’ll want to be remembered for good impressions rather than poor ones.