By Keisha Stanford • October 30, 2011•Features
This weekend, I was saddened to learn that the profession lost one of its greatest members, Frank Kimball. Frank’s love of Michigan football and his support for Ms. JD were unwavering. He will truly be missed.
I first met Frank at Ms. JD’s 2009 Conference, Avenues to Advancement, held at Northwestern Law School in Chicago, Illinois. I’m not sure how it happened, but Frank and I ended up discussing our mutual love for college football, and a friendship was born. After the conference, Frank would periodically email me, sharing words of wisdom and advice to a young lawyer trying to navigate the early years of her career or simply reminding me that in a Stanford-Michigan face-off, Stanford was sure to lose.
Though I never believed the latter, Frank’s kind words often brought unexpected light and reassurance as I transitioned into my life in the law. My friendship with Frank taught me that you find your support structures in unexpected places. It also taught me that it never hurts to know a little bit (or a lot) about football; it could be the conversation starter that leads you to one of your greatest champions. At least it did for me.