CLOSE-UP / Steve Emmert
By Robin Brinkley, The Virginian-Pilot –
Steve Emmert, a high-ranking member of the Virginia State Bar Association, authors a Web site that provides same-day analysis of court rulings, moonlights as a hockey writer and enjoys a lurid fascination with roller coasters.
Arguing before the Supreme Court of Virginia and riding roller coasters provide a similar experience.
Both can give you butterflies if you think about being scared, he said. The fun of arguing before the Supreme Court is knowing others are scared – and Im not.
Emmerts New Years resolution was to try 100 new things. Alas, he expects to finish the year at Around 70.
I want to be a Renaissance man, he said, but right now Im still in the Middle Ages.
Full name: Lawrence Steven Emmert
Hometown: I will phrase this carefully: Tidewater Virginia.
What neighborhood do you live in? Lynnwood
Occupation: Attorney with Sykes, Bourdon, Ahern, & Levy. I focus on appellate courts (the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit).
Marital status: Married to Sondra since 1988
Children: One spoiled daughter, Caroline, age 11
What is your idea of a perfect day off? It starts in the mountains. I get up early and check the box scores from the West Coast (Dodgers 12, Giants 0. Thats perfect.). In the morning, I spend a couple of hours following a mountain stream to its source and climbing to at least one summit. After that, I drive to Kings Dominion or Busch Gardens and ride coasters until they kick me out of the park.
Last smart thing you did: This ones easy: Joined Town Center Fitness.
Last dumb thing you did: I got talked into buying a pony for my daughter. Its like a luxury car payment that never gets paid off, and I dont even get to drive the car.
If you could invite three famous people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be? The wisest person I know about, Socrates; the most courageous person I know about, Michel Ney; and the funniest person I know about, Mark Twain.
Favorite movies: I think
Favorite hangout: Conklins Irish Rover
What do you drive? A Honda CRV. How many SUVs get well over 20 miles to the gallon?
Pet peeve: Apostrophe abuse. The Johnsons are coming over for dinner drives me nuts.
Hobbies: Mountain hiking, roller coasters, book collecting, daughter spoiling
If I won $10 million, I would: Do you think Kings Dominion would sell me the Volcano?
One thing people dont know about you: Im a sportswriter. I cover the Carolina Hurricanes for Rotowire.com.
Somewhere youve never been, but would like to visit: Thermopylae, where the Spartans essentially saved Western civilization.
Guilty pleasure: Mint juleps, mixed correctly
Favorite restaurant: Mi Casita, This Old House, and the Town Center City Club, each on its own day
Favorite night on the town: I must confess that my favorite nights are off the town, at home with my girls.
Favorite television shows: Jeopardy! I took the test once, and passed; just about any baseball or hockey broadcast; the late, lamented Ed.
Favorite sport or sports team: Ive been a devoted Dodgers fan since 1974.
Dream vacation: Well, the last one, back in August, was a pretty good dream. I spent most of a week with my family going from amusement park to amusement park, riding coasters.
Pets: A dog and a pony, neither of which Ill claim, but both of which I have to pay for
Worst job: In college, I got a summer job doing anything and everything for the school. Up to 70 hours a week, for the princely sum of $2.01 an hour, since the school was exempt from minimum wage laws.
Of what achievements are you most proud? My record in reported appellate cases is 17-2 (and Im working on reversing one of the two right now). In my former life, back when I played competitive softball, I was 7-for-7 with runners in scoring position and the game on the line.