Truth in Life
Life is a process. Take care.
On Thu, Mar 24, 2022, 9:00 AM Susanne DiPietro <SDiPietro@ajc.state.ak.us> wrote:
Hello Ms. Sobocienski,
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Ms. Demarest. I will be sure to pass them along to the members of the Judicial Council. I hope you are able to recover from your ordeal.
I represented myself as a defendant in a civil suit filed against me by a former “employer” accusing me of fraud, conspiracy of fraud and conversion.
Kate Demarest was one of the Plaintiff attorneys, working at a national lawyer to vigorously represent her client, as was her responsibility.
This was the absolute worst years of my entire life.
She and I vigorously disagreed on the allegations of this civil case and I am quite certain we both will continue to disagree about that forever.
I was over my head, trying to represent myself. But I had no choice and if having to do it over again, I would. Every day, all day.
Because for me, the case was challenging my character, integrity, and definition of who I am – dead center targeting the core of who I am.
But here is the thing, Kate is a decent, caring and empathetic human being.
It is an odd thing. Because I like Kate a lot. Still. I admire her.
She went through significant trauma during the case we were entangled in. And I hugged her when I saw her.
I had a melt down during the trial and she came across the aisle and consoled me.
Obviously I did not prevail in my trial, but before a judgement was ever entered, a probono attorney stepped in and helped facilitate a settlement.
As a result of this lawsuit, the trajectory of my career tanked.
I am not employable.
I returned to school because I was left in limbo.
I didn’t know who I was anymore, and I definitely was left with the feeling that I needed to learn what I obviously didn’t know.
I missed something. I had unanswered questions. I doubted myself.
And I believe I did have a part in what ultimately put me in the place I was in and how that changed my life.
I just didn’t know what I did that failed to this degree. So I went and got a MBA.
This MBA won’t serve me to any degree of recouping my career. It us my most expensive e wallart that I own.
But I did learn what I could have done differently.
But, I also learned what responsibilities and fiduciary duties that were being cast on me that were owned – but not carried out – by the board and board President as well.
I am working on letting it go still and that is a process. I come through the other side a different person, who I was is dead.
I’ve mourned and grieved the death of her.
Now I am left with the really hard work. And that is figuring out who I am and what value can I add to this world again.
It sounds crazy, but it is a healthy evolution I think.
This is a lengthy statement and it really is about Kate – and all of this does circle back to her.
Kate Demarest was the leader but not the driver, of the worst moments in my life.
I wanted to jump off a buiilding.
I literally said that and felt that.
But through all of this ugliness, the horrific impact that a this or any civil trial can do to a person; I still respect Kate Demarest.
I believe in her integrity, her commitment to her profession, and simply just who she is as a human being.
I believe she would serve the State of Alaska Judicial System to the best of her abilities. She would honor the oath of office and carry out the duties of that office honorably.
Thank you for listening to my epilogue, i.e. letter of recommendation for Kate Demarest.
Sincerely and Respectfully,