Leadership and Legacy
New Bar President
Loo’s youngest brother was born three
months later, in August 1968.
The Loo siblings faced the pressures that
often confront poor immigrant children.
Overnight, they were expected to step up
even more than they had. Her mother
worked as a seamstress. And the hard lessons
from those years remain fresh in the memory.
Loo recalls that her mother had grown
up during the Japanese occupation in China,
and so she had never had toys to play with,
or pens and pencils to use, and consequently
never developed fine-motor skills. And those
childhood deficits that lead to a lack of deli-
cate muscle movements, Loo says, have real
consequences. As an adult with a family to
support, her widowed mother returned from
her first day at work at a Queens sweatshop
with an industrial sewing machine needle
stuck through her thumb.
“She was bleeding. I remember listening
to her in pain as one aunt held her still and
another used pliers to pull out the needle.
And I’m thinking, life is very tough. There
is so much in life that we take for granted.”
Friends and colleagues speak of the skills
Loo brings to her job and to Bar leadership.
“Lisa has been working hard to prepare
to do a good job as President,” says Virginia
Gonzales. “And she was raised to be sure she
has answers for everyone.”