15 Things You Didn’t Know About Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Council Vice Chair Hitomi Heap-Baldwin

Greetings, Ms. JD readers! My name is Hitomi Heap-Baldwin and I am currently serving as the Vice Chair for Ms. JD's inaugural NWLSO Leadership Council. I am a third year law student at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and here are 15 things you probably did not know about me:

  1. I served as president of my law school’s Ms. JD chapter in my 2L year. The board and I focused on creating panels, mentorship programs, and networking events that centered intersectionality and women empowering each other. It was easily the most rewarding position I’ve ever held.
  2. On a lighter note, I’ve submitted a flavor to Ben & Jerry’s and am still awaiting their response. It’s vanilla malt ice cream with salted pretzel pieces and rainbow sprinkles. I’m still taking recommendations for clever names.
  3. I’m a quarter Japanese, quarter Filipino, and a mix of Norwegian, German, English, and Irish.
  4. I once took the Clifton StrengthsFinder test as part of a clinic at my law school and one of my top five strengths is called “Woo.” I’m still not sure how I feel about it.
  5. Turns out I’m a morning person. I recently decided to see what starting my day at 5:30 every morning would be like and, sure enough, it’s just as centering and peaceful and makes you as productive as everyone tells you it will. Never looking back.
  6. Plus, I love sunrises.
  7. I used to practice shodou (Japanese calligraphy) and played taiko (Japanese drumming) in undergrad.
  8. I really enjoy hiking, particularly longer hikes that require pre-sunrise wake-up calls and, for some reason, hikes that involve strong winds. My favorites have been peaks in Southern California and anywhere in or around Yosemite.
  9. Speaking of which, I’m preparing to backpack the John Muir Trail for two weeks with my sister after I sit for the California Bar Exam in July 2017.
  10. My favorite authors right now are Atul Gawande, Zadie Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Haruki Murakami.
  11. I once tried to start reading both A Theory of Justice and Infinite Jest in the same week. And you’re right- it didn’t work out.
  12. I regularly listen to NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, but always wished I was the kind of person who regularly listens to This American Life. I have recently begun to do so and it is just as awesome as I ever hoped it would be.
  13. I really enjoy any sweets that have a Japanese influence, e.g., those that include mochi, maccha, kinako, azuki, yuzu, etc.
  14. I also really like pretzels. A lot. All kinds.
  15. All of the above sweets, pretzel, and ice cream things being said, though, I am happiest when I am eating healthy and balanced and leading an active lifestyle. I believe both of these are the first steps to creating a foundation for long-term happiness and success.

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