life story books
Same country of birth
United States

Inese Birzniece

Fathers name: Jekabs Birznieks

Mothers name: Daina Birznieks (Bumanis)

Country of Birth:

United States

Year of birth: 1951

Places of Residence:


Brothers/sisters: Aina

Studies: B.A. Political Science (UCLA-1973);J.D. UCLA School of Law (1978)

Profession: Attorney

Preface-The Journey from Pomona to Riga

Perhaps this idea of writing my family history was reawakened in me during this past year (2009-2010), when I returned to living in Riga after my two-year consulting position in Tbilisi with the Parliament of Georgia. I am now in the 60th year of my life and my thoughts often return to reflecting about the path my family's history has taken. Both my parents were born in Latvia--my father Jekabs in 1911, when Latvia did not yet exist, but was part of the Russian czarist empire, and my mother Daina in 1919, a few months after Latvia had been declared to be a new independent state, but only on paper as a civil war/war for Latvia's independence was being fought.

The last twenty years of my life, since 1989/1990, have been the most rewarding years for me, as I have been able to enjoy that rare privilege of realizing one's dreams. These included dreams of working as an international journalist or as a diplomat, dreams of making a real contribution to the world and dreams of achieving idealistic goals. Today, I can proudly admit that I've accomplished such dreams--by grabbing an offer to work as an unpaid volunteer at the Information Office of the Latvian Popular Front in Riga for the last three months of 1989, taking an unpaid leave of absence from my well-paid job as an attorney at the law firm of Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzler & Krupman.

End chapter 1
04 May 2012
Hello Inese, my friend, I am wating to read the next chapter (Your roommate from the unwritten prequel--the UCLA years)
Pamela Morgon Pressney
14 Nov 2013
I don't know you, but I'm also curious to read the rest of the story...