By Rikki Klieman, Peter Knobler

A warrior with a woman's center After forsaking her lifelong objective of changing into an actress, a tender Rikki Klieman approached a former professor for suggestion approximately her destiny. "How approximately that First modification course?" he requested her. "You did very well." "I enjoyed that direction. That was once my favourite path in college!" "Why do not you consider going to legislations school?" She had by no means given it a moment's inspiration. "Girls do not visit legislations school," she advised him. "No, yet girls do." From there, it used to be a bit of greater than a decade till a thirty-five-year-old Rikki was once named one in all America's best 5 girl trial lawyers by way of Time journal for her paintings in felony security, one of many hardest branches of legislation for a girl to go into. She defended consumers starting from accused drug smugglers to media moguls to well-meaning Christian Scientists Ginger and David Twitchell, whose ideals have been wear trial after the dying in their baby. She waged a struggle of nerves with Boston police and the FBI in the course of negotiations for the go back of fugitive sixties radical Katherine Ann strength. As Rikki moved from luck to good fortune, even if, the frenetic way of life of a safety legal professional started to harm her future health and happiness. She suffered from exhaustion, power again ache, and failed marriages, yet thought of those afflictions to join "the rate of the prize." After a number of a long time as a training legal professional, she joined court docket television, the place she received nationwide prominence masking the O.J. Simpson trial and he or she went directly to host courtroom TV's day-by-day convey each side. Now, at midlife, this warrior with a woman's middle has eventually accomplished, in her loving marriage to LAPD leader invoice Bratton, the stability many search yet few find. Her dramatic tale proves that fairy stories can come real and that groovy love and nice luck can cross hand in hand.

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Jeffrey was brilliant and beautiful beyond words, with lots of blond hair that fell down around his ears, green eyes, a fabulous body. Very athletic, carried himself like an aristocrat. Jewish. A very sexy guy. He was going to Boston University School of Law, and we saw each other on weekends. We were twenty-two years old and…intense. But I was working in New York and I was meeting a lot of people, which was tempting. GIRLS DON’T GO TO LAW SCHOOL / 39 It was natural for me to become attracted to someone who was smart as well as good-looking.

What had been a budding two-month romance was catapulted into a relationship far more serious than we had ever intended, and we were helpless to stop it. I wanted to be there for Sandy, I wanted to be a good person, but I could see that we were moving at a speed we had not at all anticipated. I was thrown into the role of daughter-inlaw. It wasn’t anybody’s fault—death will do that—but I went from the girlfriend to fiancée in what seemed like a matter of minutes. In the fall we returned to school, and, as silly as this sounds, the next thing we knew we were getting married.

In their eyes I could do no wrong. After the play we went out for dinner, then I drove my parents home and headed back to Evanston, where the cast party was being held at the apartment of my boyfriend, a scene designer who shared the two-bedroom place with another student in the theater department. When I arrived I was pleased to find the small apartment filled with a couple dozen people standing around drinking wine, talking animatedly about the craft of acting, emoting as only theater people can, and listening to Blood, Sweat & Tears blaring on the stereo.

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