Don Bland

Don Bland

January 21st began with a busy morning of catch up given the previous day’s events.  That was followed by a wonderful lunch with Don Bland, Senior Managing Director of Outreach in the College of Business.  Don has been a friend for a number of years and I really treasure his advice.  He was a Wal-Mart executive for many years before joining the University.  He has been very helpful to me in thinking about how to handle difficult situations and is a great source of knowledge about the business community.  He’s a valuable resource as well as a good friend and I very much enjoyed lunch with him.  We ate at the new Shogun and had a sushi lunch.  I had the Bento Box and it was very good.  Unfortunately, it was so enjoyable that I forgot about the December and January birthday celebration back at the law school.  I missed it and I’m very sorry about that.  Dean Beard had to lead that celebration.  Don and I got into such a lively conversation that I forgot all about it.  December birthdays included Ann Winfred, Tom Black, Judith Kilpatrick, Ned Snow, Mel Thomas, Tim Tarvin and Janet Flaccus.  January birthdays included Susan Schell, Kate Dreier, Randy Thompson, Michele Payne, Mary Herrington, Emmy Bullock, Mary Beth Matthews, Rob Leflar, David Lewis, Carl Circo and Kalesha McGraw.

That evening I left a little bit early to get ready to prepare for another crazy trip.  Those of you who followed the blog earlier won’t be surprised.  This time I was to leave for the Arkansas Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting in Memphis on Wednesday, fly from there to Chicago for the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Council Meeting, and then fly from there on Sunday to Phoenix for the 38th Annual American Bar Association Deans’ Workshop held in conjunction with the Chief Justices of the State Supreme Court.  It was to be a pretty hectic week, so I left a little early to prepare for that.

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