ADVANCED TOPICS IN APPELLATE PRACTICE: THE PATH OF MASTERY
BY CHARLES A. BIRD
Reviewed by Robert M. Shaughnessy*
When I was a kid, my father was my hero. He was a football coach. He threw himself into his profession with gusto. I rarely saw him between August and November. But I carry precious memories of traveling to games under the Friday-night lights, eating stale popcorn, and watching my dad walk the sidelines with his players. In 1975, he coached Loyola High School to the AAAA championship and his team was recognized as a national champion.
When I was a teenager, my Dad remade himself. At the request of his own father, Dad walked away, left a promising coaching career to take over a small family business, a company that manufactured pipe hangers and bracing for the commercial construction industry. Dad saw the company’s potential, but he had little experience with the business or the industry in which it operated. As with his coaching, Dad immersed himself in the business, and the greater industry. He soaked up knowledge from a mentor who was willing to teach. He gathered the tools that would help him guide and grow that business within that industry. Ultimately, he piloted his company through economic uncertainty and into a state of sustained success. By the end of his business career Dad was able to sell the business as a going concern, setting him and my Mom up for a long and comfortable retirement. Things did not go as planned.