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The Former Lawyer Podcast
51 minutes | 6 days ago
Designing Your Life and Human-Centered Design in Law with Katherine Porter
Katherine Porter is a former lawyer turned consultant at her firm The Resource Woman, who now helps law firms cultivate a culture that attracts people and invites them to actually want to stay. On this episode of the podcast, Katherine shares how the idea of Designing Your Life and human-centered design changed her career trajectory and is now changing the culture of firms that are forward-thinking. See Show notes at formerlawyer.com/088
53 minutes | 13 days ago
Stigma-free Grief Recovery for Lawyers with Heather Horton
Heather Horton is a lawyer by training who now operates her own grief recovery company, The H-Squared Group, LLC. On this episode of the podcast, Heather Shares how she moved from accounting to law and now into her current role advocating for and teaching stigma-free grief recovery for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. See Show notes at formerlawyer.com/087
55 minutes | 20 days ago
From Biglaw to Running a Creative Business with Loly Orozco
Loly Orozco left a prestigious clerkship and career as a financial restructuring lawyer to run her stationery design company, Little Postage House. In this episode, she shares how hard it can be to leave the “machine” of big law, why it’s worth it for some, the importance of reconnecting to ourselves, and how her clerkship changed her path. See Show notes at formerlawyer.com/086
47 minutes | a month ago
How a Flexible Mindset Took Her From Bankruptcy Law to Legal Tech with Ivy Grey
Ivy Grey left a bankruptcy legal practice to work in legal tech. How did she do it? A mix of her mindset, skillset, and recognizing that there isn’t just “one” way for lawyers to grow their careers. In this episode, she shares more about what legal tech is, how we can use our mindset to find new career paths, and the importance of creative problem solving in law. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/085
47 minutes | a month ago
TFLP 084: From Litigator To All Things Real Estate With Jonathan Liu
Jonathan Liu hated public speaking and basically everything about litigation. Even so, he spent 7 years as a litigator before leaving the law for a career in real estate. On today's episode of the podcast, Jonathan shares how he figured out it was time for him to leave the law, and how he developed his career as a real estate agent and investor. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/084.
60 minutes | a month ago
TFLP 083: From Law To Podcast Production For Law Firms With Robert Ingalls
Robert Ingalls practiced criminal law, civil litigation, and estate planning before deciding to leave the law and start his company, Lawpods, which produces podcasts for law firms. On this episode of the podcast, Robert shares about how his podcasting hobby turned into a full-time career that he loves. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/083.
56 minutes | 2 months ago
TFLP 082 | Marie Sotelo: Former Lawyer Turned Full-Time Freelance Writer
Many lawyers harbor a secret dream of one day getting to write for a living. Today on the podcast I'm sharing my conversation with Marie Sotelo, who left legal practice after 10 years and built a career as a full-time freelance writer. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/082.
7 minutes | 2 months ago
TFLP 081: Prestige Is A Liar
Lawyers often make career choices based on what's prestigious, but prestige is a liar. Here's why it's hurting your career satisfaction and can sabotage any moves that you make. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/081.
10 minutes | 2 months ago
TFLP 080: A Biglaw Rant (And Why I Created Former Lawyer)
Today I'm sharing about something that happened to one of my guests after they were on the show, which turns into a bit of a Biglaw rant. I also talk about why I created Former Lawyer. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/080.
50 minutes | 2 months ago
TFLP 079: Leaving Law And Finding Joy In Home Organizing With Pia Thompson
Pia Thompson practiced law for years even though it felt wrong to her. On today's episode, Pia shares how she figured out who she is and what she wanted, and how she found her way to a career she loves as a home organizer and a KonMari consultant-in-training. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/079.
5 minutes | 3 months ago
TFLP 078: How To Find A Non-Law Job ASAP
How do you find a non-law job ASAP? A lot of lawyers reach a stage where they are DONE and just want to find something, anything to get them some space from legal practice. Today on the podcast, I'm sharing my thoughts about how to find a non-law job ASAP. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/078.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
TFLP 077 | Janelle Christian: Built A Six-Figure Side Biz And Left Biglaw
In last week's episode, Janelle Christian shared about how she learned to prioritize herself over her job. In today's episode, she shares about how that included moving from a big firm in D.C. to one in Atlanta to make more space for her life, and ultimately, building a six-figure side business that enabled her to leave Biglaw. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/077.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
TFLP 076: Learning To Prioritize Self Over Work With Janelle Christian
Janelle Christian skipped the LSAT twice, and only took it on her third go-round because her parents drove her to the testing site. She says, "My soul was screaming to not be a lawyer, but I still felt like it was what people wanted me to do. It was the right path, it was the prestigious path." In this first part of our two-part conversation, Janelle shares about her early career as a lawyer and how she came to learn that she could prioritize herself over her work. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/076.
52 minutes | 3 months ago
TFLP 075 | Natasha Alladina: Biglaw To Public Service, Recruiting, And Policy Work
Natasha Alladina started her legal career in Biglaw. But a few years in, she knew it was wrong for her, and so she decided to explore other options. Her path through jobs in public service, recruiting, and policy helped her figure out what she truly wanted to do—and how to figure out how to move towards what you want, versus simply running away from what you don't want. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/075.
7 minutes | 3 months ago
TFLP 074: Lawyer Brain, The Lawyer Bubble, And Other People's Opinions
There are a lot of different obstacles that you may be running into as you consider leaving legal practice, but three of the biggest are Lawyer Brain, the Lawyer Bubble, and Other People's Opinions. Today, I'm sharing how to recognize these obstacles and how to defeat them. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/074.
9 minutes | 4 months ago
TFLP 073: Are You A Burned Out Lawyer?
If you're a lawyer and you're feeling burned out, this episode is for you. I share about burnout, how it works, how it relates to our nervous system, and why it's so important for lawyers to understand the root causes of burnout. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/073.
5 minutes | 4 months ago
TFLP 072: This Feels Hard Because It Is Hard
Lawyers are so often expected to operate as though they are unaffected by the events going on around them. This is especially challenging when we are faced with traumatic events like last week's attack on the Capitol. I want to remind you that if you're struggling, it's not because you're doing anything wrong. This feels hard because it is hard. Don't buy into the lie that you should be unaffected. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/072.
7 minutes | 4 months ago
TFLP 071: A Cancelled Vacation (And Why Law Was Wrong For Me)
For the first podcast episode of 2021, I'm sharing about one of the times that I cancelled a planned vacation while practicing law, why the law was wrong for me, and what other lawyers can learn from my story. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/071.
59 minutes | 5 months ago
TFLP 070: Student Loan Debt Considerations for Lawyers with Student Loan Planner Consultant Lauryn Williams
One of the most common things that I hear from lawyers who are contemplating changing careers is that they are worried about how to manage their student loans. So today on the podcast, I'm sharing the audio of a workshop that Lauryn Williams, a consultant with Student Loan Planner, presented to the Collaborative last month all about student loan debt considerations for lawyers. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/070.
45 minutes | 5 months ago
TFLP 069: Annette Choti—From Government Lawyer To Digital Marketer & SEO Expert
After 20 years of working as a lawyer for the Department of Labor, Annette Choti decided to take the leap into digital marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) for small and solo law firms. She's sharing her story of how she escaped "beige world" on today's episode! Show notes at formerlawyer.com/069.
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