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WLD Member of the Month: Celeste Jaffe - Women and the Law News

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

“I’m joining the IndyBar WLD to make connections, both professional and personal.”  We hear this often and agree: building relationships with other attorneys is undoubtedly a key membership benefit. But, with our new reality, meeting and connecting has become difficult.

Hence, the debut of the WLD’s Member of the Month.  Each month, we’ll introduce you to a member of the WLD. You’ll learn about the member’s area of practice, personal interests and hopefully, some entertaining and relatable tidbits.

To kick things off, we’d like to introduce you to WLD member, Celeste Jaffe.

Hey Celeste! Thanks for agreeing to be our Member of the Month. I bet you’re excited about this!
Of course I am.   

Let’s start with an important question—where do you work?
I’m with the Marion County Public Defender Agency. I’m assigned to a Major Felony Drug Court. 

What’s the best part of your job?
Working with my clients. Clearly, he/she isn’t having the best day if they’re meeting with their public defender. It can be difficult. But I try and do my best to explain the process and options. It’s satisfying when you know you’ve done your best for your client.  

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I’m in the kitchen; I love to cook and bake. I also love to hike (usually at Fort Ben State Park) or if I’m on vacation, in one of the national parks. If I’m not working, or in the kitchen, or hiking, it’s likely I’ve got my nose in a book.

Oh, an avid reader! What’s your favorite book of all time?
I can’t name just one.

But that’s my question.
At the moment, all I can think of is Charles Dickens’ work.

If we were in a courtroom, I’d yell “Objection! The witness refuses to answer the question.”
But we aren’t in a courtroom.

True. I’ll move on. Let me ask you this: COVID-19 has changed our reality, albeit temporarily. How has it impacted you, personally and professionally?  
Where to start? It’s been difficult. Connecting with work through technology is frustrating. I much prefer working in my office. Personally, I’m reading more and listening to podcasts. And, I’m really into Bach right now, especially his string concerts. With the Y closure, I’ve stepped up my walking and always take along some hand weights. The battle against arm flab never ends!  

It’s certainly a new existence. Let’s move on to something a little more positive: Are you reading the WLD’s book choice for the next Book Club?
Not yet. Tell me more.

The book is “Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live). Although we usually meet in person, this time we’re doing it via Zoom, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.  
Sounds like helpful subject matter for all of us. I’ll be there. 

Wonderful! Celeste, I really appreciate your time answering these questions. Anything you’d like to say to your fellow WLD members in closing?
Just that I believe we’ll get through these challenging times together. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

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