She has always been high-energy, artistic, and a bit quirky. When I was still practicing law in the Bay Area, I enjoyed my friendship with Hedy McAdams, for those attributes—and because she is just, plain fun! After I left California, she visited me once or maybe twice, and we now only occasionally exchange a quick and newsy e-mail.
But I have followed her career path. After earning her JD at Stanford, she became a mediator. She also became one of the best-known choreographers of line dancing in the world. Hedy did not set out to do the dancing thing, but she visited a class with a boyfriend, fell in love with country line dancing, discovered her aptitude for it, and soon was enjoying great success. (The boyfriend has long been history.)
Here are a couple of articles about this Stanford Law School grad doing something other than practicing law. From "Choreographer Has Line On Lively Steps" (San Francisco Chronicle):
During the day, Palo Alto resident Hedy McAdams negotiates domestic crises in her job as a family law mediator.
But at night, she guides enthusiastic dancers through the steps of country line dances . . . .
"I'm the only Stanford Law School graduate that I know of who is teaching country western dancing,'' she says.
An article "Rhapsody in boots: Local lawyer brings elegance to country line dancing" (Palo Alto Online) tells more of McAdams's story, including that she promotes and studies line dancing in part because it is a way to keep the aging brain active.
In 2007, Hedy closed her mediation practice but she's still dancing.
Click to watch YouTubes of her dancing:
Note: Part of the above post is a repeat of one from 2006.