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Hannah F. Little, BLI Class of 2011

Partner, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Education: Guilford College, UNC School of Law

Your most vivid memory of your BLI experience: I have two vivid memories – the first is, of course, the retreat.  Getting away and spending time together in the glamorous woods of Hickory was a great bonding  experience.  The second is the session our class attended on diversity.  We had a diverse class in many aspects – practice areas, age, professional experience, race, gender, etc.  It was a privilege to hear from  others in the group about their experiences and I continue to incorporate the insights I gained from them into my personal and professional life.

What you value most about your BLI experience: The friendships.

Advice you'd give the next BLI class: Embrace the experience!  Beyond the time commitment, the program requires introspection and, at times, vulnerability.  It's worth it.

Past MCB/MBF volunteer service: Communications Committee, Pro Bono & Legal Recruitment Committee Vice Chair, and Pro Bono & Legal Recruitment Committee Vice Chair.

Current personal or leadership goals: My personal leadership goal is to continue to be a strong and PATIENT parent with my kindergartener in the midst of remote schooling and working from home.

Greatest leadership accomplishment and why: I’ve served in a leadership position within our firm for the last 5+ years.  In that time, our firm has nearly doubled in size.  I am very proud that we continue to be successful while maintaining our culture of work-life balance and genuine care for our employees and clients.  

Topic you'd like to learn more about and why: In my practice, I work with individuals from all over the globe.  While I’m fluent in Spanish, I’d love to learn another language – either German or Mandarin.

Favorite place to go in Charlotte: Charlotte’s greenways and green spaces – they are such a gift and we’ve especially enjoyed them during the pandemic.

What you do when you're not lawyering: I do a lot of reading for fun – I love a good mystery but will read almost any fiction.  I also love to run, hike, and spend as much time as possible outdoors.

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