Kimberly M. Magee, L'96
Alumna challenges herself by going the distance
August 1, 2011
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and prior to entering law school, Kimberly M. Magee, L’96, took a year off.
But “off” is a relative term. Magee worked in a group home for five adult men with autism, serving as their caregiver, adviser and friend. It was an extension of her earlier work with autistic adults and youth as a counselor at a summer camp. Those experiences helped solidify Magee’s resolve that no matter where and how far her law career took her, she also would find a way to serve others.
This leads us to the tale of four marathons in four months.
Magee, a partner with Hunton & Williams in Richmond, began running competitively after law school and had been fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As her 40th birthday approached last October, Magee decided to challenge herself, and her charitable supporters, with a new goal: running four marathons in four months.
So the marathons began: Baltimore, October; Richmond, November; Virginia Beach (Seashore 50K), December; Charleston, S.C., January.
It’s not so much her legs as her heart that carries her through the marathons and an occasional half Ironman-distance triathlon, Magee said. She thinks about the leukemia and lymphoma patients who will benefit from the money she is raising — nearly $15,000 in the last three years alone. She also thinks about her children, and the support they give her.
In a corporate practice that focuses on commercial lending and debt restructuring, Magee is never sure how her schedule will develop or when her workday will end. As a result, she is protective of her mornings, rising early to run before her children — daughter Riley, 10, and son Aidan, 9 — awaken and returning in time to make them breakfast and walk with them to meet the school bus.
Magee initially thought she would pursue public interest law, but her interests shifted to the corporate world after taking courses taught by Professor Mary L. Heen, whose teaching, in part, focuses on corporate tax law, and Professor Azizah Y. al-Hibri, who taught Magee’s securities regulation course. “I began taking all the corporate classes I could,” Magee said.
In 2010, Virginia Lawyers Weekly selected Magee as one of its “Influential Women of Virginia.” She also was named a 2010 “Legal Elite” in business law by Virginia Business magazine.
As her life and career evolve, Magee hopes to perfect a harmonious merger of the law with running, family and service to others. “I like to push myself to do things I don’t know whether I can do,” Magee said.