South Charlotte

Public defender, dietitian both enjoy helping others

Bree Laughrun is like a breath of fresh air. When we met, Laughrun was wearing an amazing designer outfit, great shoes and a smile.

Completely dispelling the image I had in my mind of a public defender, she had me at hello.

"I got my legal Type A personality from my dad (Charlotte attorney George Laughrun), and my fashion side from my mom," Laughrun said. Her younger brother, Trey, is also studying to be a lawyer.

Laughrun, a Myers Park High School graduate, grew up in Charlotte. She graduated from the College of Charleston, then went to the University of Richmond for her law degree. "I wanted to be part of (Richmond) but ended up spending the first two years in the library," Laughrun said. "By my third year, I was able to enjoy some of the culinary and music scenes."

She studied criminal law with the idea of protecting clients' rights. Laughrun says she's developed more compassion as a public defender. "I set the tone of respect with my clients right away, and respect runs both ways," she said.

Laughrun, 27, is single and likes to travel and visit friends. She also enjoys reading crime novels and going to the movies. She's also training for her first half-marathon, which she'll be running in Maine.

Into nutrition

Judy Fischer is someone who knows her stuff. A registered dietitian, Fischer has a calm, easy manner.

She also has her own business in Matthews, My Diabetes Dietitian - - which can help anyone interested in incorporating better nutrition into their lives.

Fischer was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up in Long Island. She graduated magna cum laude from C.W. Post College, then did her internship at Beth Israel Medical Center, a Harvard teaching hospital in Boston.

Fischer has a fraternal twin sister, Marsha, who is a social worker in Long island. Her other sister, Carole, is a hypnotherapist in the Kannapolis area.

"I initially moved to Pinehurst to work because I wanted better weather than in New York," said Fischer. She eventually moved to Charlotte and met with realtor Jason Russo to find a house.

"That was about eight years ago," Fischer said. She and Russo hit it off and were married.

"He's Italian and a great cook. He prepares food in a healthy way," said Fischer.

Fischer takes yoga at the YMCA in Ballantyne, and rides a stationary bike.