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Title: Principal Court Management ConsultantDivision: Court Consulting Services
Started at NCSC: January 2011
During her ten years at NCSC, Alicia has worked in 10 countries and almost every state. Like most of her colleagues in Court Consulting Services, she is based in Denver, and when she’s in town, she loves to go tango dancing – a passion of hers. Read more to find out why Alicia became a lawyer and not a journalist, what she likes most and least about living in Denver, and which VIP she once sat next to on an airplane.
Where did you grow up? San Diego. I lived there until I graduated from high school and went away to UCSB (University of California at Santa Barbara).
What did your mom and dad do? My mom and step-dad were both school superintendents. My father prosecuted economic fraud. I used to love watching him in court.
What did you want to do when you were growing up? I really wanted to be a journalist. I talked about it constantly, and then I realized it’s a very hard business. (Laughs.)
Why journalism? I had romantic notions of what it would be like, and I always liked to write. I used to write little plays when I was a kid and asked my neighbor friends to perform them with me.
What do you like most about your job? I believe in the mission statement of NCSC – improving the administration of justice through leadership and service to state courts and courts around the world. I like the variety of our work, that we get to work in every aspect of court operations, with court architects, technologists and researchers.
What do you like most and least about living in Colorado? I live in Boulder, or as it is commonly referred to, “the Republic of Boulder.” If someone told me as a kid watching Mork and Mindy that I would someday live there, I would have been beside myself with happiness. The only downside to Colorado is how quickly it is growing.
What’s something about you that surprises people when they hear about it for the first time? I’m a tango dancer. My partner and I practice every day. I love all forms of dance.
You started here in 2011? Yes, and before I started I spent a month in Argentina for a tango pilgrimage.
Who do you admire most, and why? My stepdad because I think that’s a difficult role to fulfill, but he encouraged me towards some of my best experiences in life and professionally: to learn Spanish, to study abroad in Spain, to go to law school and to become a consultant. He has always pushed me to do more.
In all your travels, have you ever met anyone famous? If so, who was it, and what were the circumstances? Flying to DC on a regular basis, I got to sit next to various members of Congress. One time I accidentally took seat 8B instead of 8E next to Colorado senator Michael Bennet. He was really nice about it and we talked about family law and his wife’s work as a teacher and lawyer.