Kallie Dixon talks about being a Super Lawyer

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My practice focuses on licensure defense- I assist individuals in defending complaints concerning their licenses in front of their licensing boards (e.g. physicians, teachers, attorneys, real estate brokers). It sounds cliché, but I feel like every client is a family member. I feel the emotional turmoil and anxiety that my clients face when dealing with allegations that threaten their very livelihoods. Our sense of self-worth is often enmeshed in what we do for a living and an attack on that can make us feel lost and terrified. All this is to say that the most satisfying part of my job is seeing the relief and sense of restoration that a client feels when a complaint is resolved with the best possible outcome.

In fact, part of the reason that I focus on licensure defense is because of my own observations as a young nurse. The smartest, most competent, compassionate and professional nurses that I knew made mistakes- and it was not because they were complacent or negligent. Usually system-wide institutional procedures set them up for inevitable failure. Even when a professional does make a mistake, every person deserves a chance to redeem him or herself, learn from those mistakes, and come out on the other side wiser and more aware.

I would like to see changes in the legal climate concerning licensure issues in the future that involve more options for non-public discipline and disciplinary measures that do not require reporting to national databanks. This would require complex changes at the state and federal levels. While reporting requirements serve a very important function of improving health care quality and protecting the public, some disciplinary events do not need to be reported in order to accomplish those functions. Additionally, under the current system, a disciplinary event in one jurisdiction is not just reported to other licensing jurisdictions but, in fact, typically results in disciplinary action in other jurisdictions, causing a domino cascade of events that are expensive and detrimental.   

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