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

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.

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