The first time, she walked around for 45 minutes to work up the nerve to do it. As someone who shuns the spotlight, approaching a homeless person with an offer of food, a handout, was outside her comfort zone. "I thought people would be resentful," Sharon Suleta says.

The first time was nine weeks ago this very night, in the Suburban Station underground concourse. Dragging a food-filled luggage cart behind her, with a socks-stuffed canvas bag over her arm, she approached those who appeared to be homeless and asked, "Would you like a dinner bag?"

Her reputation is mentioned in a later conversation with Ballard Spahr partner Michael Sklaroff. Sharon worked there for five years earlier in her career. "She has the highest reputation for being scrupulously ethical; she has a terrific legal mind and work ethic," Sklaroff says, then adds: "She has a big heart and is very modest."