Five Things I Have To Have Now

November 18, 2007|By [LIZ ATWOOD]

Patricia C. Jessamy, Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy started her legal career in 1974 in Cleveland, Miss., and practiced law in Michigan and Missouri before moving to another "M" state - Maryland - in 1985. In 1995, the Baltimore Circuit Court appointed her the first woman to serve as Baltimore City state's attorney. She successfully ran for re-election in 1998, 2002 and 2006. But while she has been the city's top prosecutor for more than a decade, she also has a soft side, as you can see from her list of must-have items.

1. Stuart Weitzman red, patent-leather peep-toe pumps with matching bag.

"I think those shoes are really sharp. These shoes make you look and feel really very feminine (code word for sexy)."

2. An Elizabeth Catlett sculpture.

"Elizabeth Catlett is an artist, activist, feminist, and mother. Her art puts form to motherhood. ... I love and own her paintings. I would love to own a piece of her sculpture."

3. A trip to Disney World with the grandkids

"They live in Atlanta. They grow up so fast. Each minute is a memory and counts."

4. Meals with Mom

"I'd like to have more alone time with my mother, cooking her favorite meals in her new kitchen. There were eight of us children. My mother is 90 years old. Each minute spent with her is a blessing."

5. Two weeks on the beach in Barbados.

"With my kind of job, you need a place to relax. Barbados, take me away."

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