Mother’s Day Attorney Spotlight: Jennifer Kline
May 7, 2015
Katherman Briggs & Greenberg workers’ compensation attorney Jennifer Kline often spends her time outside of the office and courtroom as a chauffeur and cheerleader for her two sons: Zachary, 17, and Josh, 13. For Mother’s Day, Jennifer chatted about her life as an attorney and mom. Read the interview below:
You mentioned your oldest son is narrowing down college choices. What has that experience been like for you?
Exciting but stressful. We’ve just returned from revisit days to several schools and the end is in sight in terms of his selection. I’m certain I am more stressed about it than Zach, who has great equanimity for a 17-year-old.
What do you do to relax?
I like to spend time with my family and friends. I love spending time at the beach. I also like to rehab vintage furniture. I don’t watch a lot of TV. In fact, much to my kids’ dismay, I cut the cord on cable and went back to an antenna.
Looking back over the years, was there one time more trying than others as a mom and attorney?
I think for any working mother, it’s all about finding the balance between home and work. Especially when your children are little, you want to be present as much as possible. It’s definitely gotten easier as they’ve gotten older and have outside interests.
What do you find is a more difficult job? Being a mom or being an attorney?
Is that a trick question? It all depends on the day.
Would you say, laundry once a week, three times a week or every day?
Once a week.
Cleaning sometimes, all the time or never?
As little as I can get away with, although I do tend to be compulsively neat.
Breakfast sometimes, all the time, never?
All the time, even if it’s in the car on my way to work. And my kids definitely get breakfast before school every day.
Kraft mac and cheese, organic mac and cheese or homemade mac and cheese?
I’d like to say organic or homemade. In reality, most of the time Kraft. (Although I do add extra cheese. Does that count as homemade?)
Would you say time: files when you’re having fun, there’s never enough of it or you find ways to stretch it?
Especially when you have kids, time flies AND there’s never enough.
Jennifer A. Kline joined Katherman Briggs & Greenberg in 1996. She is a member of the York County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the PBA Section on Workers’ Compensation Law. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and serves on the Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee, a position appointed by the Secretary of Labor and Industry.
To learn more about workers’ compensation, contact Katherman Briggs & Greenberg.