Kellie Wingate Campbell

Justice Eludes Us In Tragedy

(Originally posted at wingatecampbell.com)Justice for the Innocent?A horrible tragedy struck Springfield, Missouri, as a 10-year old girl was abducted and murdered. As the case grabbed national headlines, justified outrage spread quickly. My daughter came home from school talking about how this sad, frightening story occupied conversation among her classmates. It wasn’t long before my mother called, choked with emotion, as she vividly recalled the day over forty years ago that her own two daughters were grabbed by a stranger in our back yard. I have worked with a variety of criminal defendants over the past twenty-five years as a defense…

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Kellie Wingate Campbell

Snow Day Revelations

(Originally posted at www.wingatecampbell.com)Snow days are killers for the small business owner in spite of the joy they bring to children and students. Once the ‘watch’ turned to a ‘warning’, I left the office with a stack of files under my arm prepared for a day (or two) of working from home. I woke up the next morning, grabbed the first case file and picked up the phone. A receptionist answered. With some texts to a boss stranded at home, she was able to partially respond to my request, but with the courts closed, I couldn’t accomplish anything further on…

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Kellie Wingate Campbell

A Matter of Simple Justice: Lift Up Another

Booker T. Washington is credited with saying, "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."  This wise advice came to mind recently when I learned of the passing of friend and former congressman Ike Skelton. It became the theme for a tribute I authored that was printed in a local paper, the Columbia Daily Tribune, under the title, 'Skelton Believed in Lifting All'. Many examples came forward after the article was published of the ways Ike lifted others.Contrast this with the typical advice for success: self-promotion. I returned to private practice a few months ago, and as…

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Kellie Wingate Campbell

A Matter of Simple Justice: No Apology

During a recent job interview, a panel member on the interview team reviewed my résumé and then commented that instead of holding just one or two positions over the past twenty-four years, I’d held several different jobs. His remark had a critical tone which surprised me because I’ve had some wonderful experiences, attended impressive national training courses, and have managed to rack up a decent list of accomplishments, all contained in that same résumé. I quickly recognized the issue and formulated my response. The interviewer was correct. I have ‘jumped around’. However, there is a reasonable explanation that he immediately…

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Kellie Wingate Campbell

A Matter of Simple Justice: Confronting the Bigot

I took three young ladies to Wal-Mart tonight. While they wandered off to the music and make-up aisles, I went to the deli counter where I found some turkey pastrami. As the clerk took my order and pulled a slab of meat out of the cooler, a man joined me at the counter. He didn’t have to wait very long before another deli clerk stepped out of a back room to assist him, placed plastic gloves on his hands and politely asked for his order. What happened next was kind of surreal. The customer looked at him and said in…

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Kellie Wingate Campbell

A Matter of Simple Justice: Know Your Worth

Do you know your worth? It's a question that can be interpreted many ways. Studies show that as women lawyers, on average we're not paid what we are worth in comparison to male lawyers doing the same or similar work. That's not my meaning here, however. I read earlier today that women possess 1% of the world's assets even though they do 60% of the world's work. But I'm not speaking of your financial holdings either when I ask, "Do you know your worth?"I've been taking an online leadership course over the past several weeks. One of the assignments recently…

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Kellie Wingate Campbell

A Matter of Simple Justice: A Deeper Conviction

Many of our ‘lady justice’ heroes are women lawyers with a cause we can all get behind. They’ve changed the world for the better by using their intellect, passion and influence to fight for the right to vote, for equal opportunity and equal pay, for an end to gender-based violence and for better treatment of children. We read their stories and we sense a kinship, even with those from decades past whose worlds pre-dated laptops and blogs by at least a century.  Their stories inspire us and lift us up, but this is not the only method of defining a…

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Kellie Wingate Campbell

A Matter of Simple Justice: Get Well Soon!

Usually around this time each month I find an inspirational woman lawyer to serve as a blog-muse and I begin to write. I look for a woman who stood against the odds and took another step toward the collective task of breaking that glass ceiling. I draw on her strength, determination and intellect…but not today. Today, I just want to turn to a colleague and commiserate. Misery loves company and I’ve been battling a miserable, persistent virus that acts like the flu. You know the feeling. Lying in bed on and off all day you think about the stacks of…

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Kellie Wingate Campbell

A Matter of Simple Justice: Our History

Several years ago I wandered into a bookstore with my daughter who was seven or eight years old at the time. I selected a couple books for myself as we made our way to the children’s section, but that’s not where she found her book. It wasn’t until we headed back toward the checkout and passed through the history section again that she reached out and took a book off the shelf. I watched her select a two-inch thick paperback with over 700 pages. I was perplexed by her choice until I saw the photo on the binding, a little…

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Kellie Wingate Campbell

A Matter of Simple Justice: Unchained

It always fascinates me to step back in history to a time when women had to fight, argue, scrap and plead for the right to practice law. Historians recount the many stories of women who worked every respectable angle they could think of in an effort to become a practicing attorney. Myra Bradwell was one of those women. Bradwell was an editor with a Chicago legal publication and her husband was an attorney, so she was no stranger to the law. When she decided to study for the bar and apply for a law license in 1872, she was turned…

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