Attorney at Law Magazine San Antonio Publisher Dale Lane sat down with Langley & Banack, Inc paralegal, Stacy M. Foushee, to discuss the origins of her career and those who have encouraged her success.
AALM: When did you first know you wanted to join the legal field?
Foushee: Just out of high school and while in college, I started in the legal field as a part-time/nightshift billing clerk. I never would have imagined it would have turned into my long-term career.
AALM: Did you ever want to do anything else?
Foushee: I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I majored in business administration. I thought perhaps I might would work in a bank some day – I love numbers and it just seemed fun.
AALM: What area of law does your attorney practice?
Foushee: I have been working in bankruptcy litigation for approximately 22 years.
AALM: What drew you to that practice?
Foushee: I just happened to get assigned to a bankruptcy attorney after the PI attorney I was working for left the firm.
AALM: Do you have any mentors who encouraged you?
Foushee: My biggest mentor would have to be an attorney I worked for many, many years before he retired. (Robert J. Rosenbach) He would always say, ‘Stacy, don’t worry about what others are doing or not doing … just keep doing what you are doing and do your very best.’ This was hard to swallow for many years but as I look back, I am grateful for that advice– if I would have let others bother me I would not have stayed at Clemens & Spencer for all those years being mentored by some of San Antonio’s finest attorneys.
AALM: What experiences have taught you the most?
Foushee: In the very beginning, I got very nervousabout pressing deadlines but after going through so many time-sensitive projects, I can honestly say I may get stressed out, but ultimately, I do know everything will work and get done – I just have PRIORTIZE and to remember to BREATHE!! LOL
AALM: What drew you to your current firm? How would you describe the culture there? How would you describe your role within the firm?
Foushee: After the closing of my previous firm, I am very grateful I was given the opportunity to interview with Langley & Banack, Inc. The culture of the firm is one of teamwork and uplifting of others in any way possible. The attorneys and staff were very welcoming and gracious. From the very beginning, I was assigned to help in the bankruptcy workouts section, and its been a great fit. After doing creditors’ bankruptcy work for 21-plus years exclusively, I am now assisting in the area of debtors’ bankruptcy work.
AALM: What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Hobbies? Sports?
Foushee: Outside of work, you will find me either participating in activities with my Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. which is a Greek-lettered sorority of college-educated women dedicated to public service or working my side hustle as an independent consultant with Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski, working out with my Xtend Fitness Family or spending quality time with my family and friends.
AALM: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Foushee: Life Motto: “If I can help somebody, as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.”