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Becky Gillespie and Hollee Temple

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In 2001, Becky co-wrote a groundbreaking and award-winning investigative series on 'failing teachers' that led to statewide reforms in teacher testing and a crackdown on teacher quality in the Chicago Public Schools. The three-day series, which began one week after the birth of her first child, gave Becky her first experience at balancing motherhood and career.

Happily married for more than thirteen years to Peter Gillespie, an employment litigator, she is the mother of Beth, ten (a history buff who can recite all the U.S. presidents in order) and Katie, eight (an avid player of soccer, chess and the guitar).

Becky, who once ran the Chicago Marathon and twice jumped out of airplanes just to prove to herself that she could, recently found a new (calmer) passion when Hollee convinced her to try yoga. She finds time every day to snuggle with Beth and Katie.


Hollee is a journalist-turned-lawyer-turned-professor at West Virginia University College of Law. She has first-hand experience with the challenges faced by her generation of female lawyers and has successfully melded her desires for professional satisfaction and family time by working in the law school environment.

After graduating at the top of her class with a combined bachelors and masters degree from Northwestern, Hollee headed to Duke University School of Law. She graduated in 1999 and began a four-year stint as a litigation associate at a large Pittsburgh law firm. After her first son was born in 2002, Temple returned to her firm part-time before joining the WVU faculty the next year.

In 2008, Hollee celebrated ten years of marriage with John Temple, a journalism professor and author of two narrative non-fiction books. She is constantly amused and amazed by her feisty red-headed sons: Gideon, nine (who is raising eyebrows around Morgantown by convincing his classmates to root for the rival Pitt Panthers), and Henry, six (who once swallowed a penny while in timeout for putting dangerous objects in his mouth). Hollee starts every legal writing class with a blaring music video (she tells her students it’s because she’s the rock star of legal writing but it’s really to wake them up), and she often brings down the house with her karaoke rendition of Dusty Springfield’s Son of a Preacher Man. If she’s not teaching, speaking, grading, writing or hanging with the family, she’s probably doing yoga.

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