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Anita’s life

A list of achievements cannot possibly describe in enough detail a person’s life. However, I thought this could provide a framework of where she went through her life. Please note that other than her husband and kids, she would rarely mention any of these things. She was always much more concerned with people than things she might have done in the past.

– Born November 21, 1971 in Atwater, California
– Had two brothers and two sisters between 8 and 13 years older than she was. Six years later had a younger sister.
– At age 1, she moved to Bellevue, Nebraska (outside of Omaha) – her father was in the air force.
– As a tween, her passion and talent was dancing. She excelled, but when her inspiring teacher moved away, she quit dance.
– She played the flute.
– President of Honor Society in middle school.
– She was co-captain of the varsity cheerleaders at Bellevue East high school. Her senior year, their team won state and then competed in the national cheerleading championships.
– She was on the yearbook staff (3 years middle and 3 years high school plus 3 years on Greek Yearbook in college) and was in one musical in high school, “42nd Street”.
– She was #1 class rank going into senior year but she took a lighter load and finished #3 (weighted).
– Although she loved George Washington University in St. Louis, she chose to attend University of Nebraska at Lincoln on a full journalism scholarship.
– She joined Delta Gamma sorority her freshman year, the first African-American DG (at least in Lincoln).
– She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Journalism (dual major with Spanish) with honors in 1993.
– She attended the prestigious Philadelphia Institute in a post-grad program for paralegals. She was the class representative (#1 in her class).
– Forgoing a job in Philadelphia, she moved back to Nebraska and took a job as a paralegal in Lincoln in November 1993.
– Was married to Greg Schick on August 20, 1994, in Lincoln.
– While Greg finished two more years of college, Anita worked for Legal Services of SE Nebraska and then for a larger private firm.
– She applied for law school and was accepted at Yale, Michigan (with a full ride), NYU and University of Chicago among others.
– She started law school at the University of Chicago in the fall of 1996.
– During her second year of law school, she won the Hinton Moot Court competition for appellate advocacy where she argued supreme court cases in front of real judges.
– She graduated law school with honors in spring of 1999.
– She worked for the international law firm Kirkland & Ellis at their flagship office in Chicago for six years.
– In December 2000, we adopted Ben at birth. In November 2001, Anita gave birth to Julia.
– She was offered a visiting professorship at the University of Chicago in 2003 that she chose not to pursue.
– She moved her family to Kennesaw, Georgia, in the summer of 2005 to be closer to her retired parents.
– She worked for an Atlanta law firm, Holland & Knight until the end of 2006 when she quit to open The Schick Law Firm.
– She was a frequent speaker about the law and small business at Kennesaw State’s Small Business Development Center, chambers of commerce and other business and entrepreneurial organizations.
– She gave birth to Penelope in February 2008.
– In the spring of 2009, she taught a paralegal certification course Chatahoochie Technical College.  
– She was due with her fourth child November 17, 2009.

Please excuse a husband to brag on his wife. However, I will quote from her bible notes in the book of Ezra to what she and I believe: “It is not personal achievement, but personal commitment to live for God, that is important.”

Update: Spet. 9, 2009 – I found this bio that Anita wrote about herself I think was either for the Small Business Development Center or one of the panels she sat on. It was written May 21, 2008.

Anita Schick founded The Schick Law Firm in 2007 to put her big firm experience to work for small businesses. After graduating with honors from University of Chicago Law School in 1999, Anita went to work as a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis, a top international law firm headquartered in Chicago. At Kirkland, she worked on behalf of Fortune 100 companies in matters ranging from breach of contract and corporate governance to insurance coverage and products liability. With a successful move to Atlanta in 2005, she continued her work at Holland & Knight while adding new areas of expertise in administrative law, health care, trust administration, and labor and employment. With over seven years of experience, Anita started her own law firm in April 2007, born from her legal skills and passion for small business. She takes pride in working within her community on matters ranging from entity formation to contract and agreement reviews to litigation work. She frequently teaches seminars about legal issues for small business to entrepreneurs, business associations, and chambers of commerce.