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The Human Lawyer
32 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
The Human Lawyer Podcast: Josh Durham
Childlike freedom: that’s Josh, the man he yearns to be, and the life he endeavors to foster for his children. Josh writes frequently on parenting, telling stories about the little things that make parenting special. Josh’s appreciation for the little things and his capacity to plug in to those things allows him to feel things as his kids could or in a lawyer’s sense, as his clients would. His empathic capacity is a differentiator. Josh also has a really keen memory. So keen that he created a podcast about The Batboy and the Hot Dogs, a tale about Josh’s childhood friend and whether he cost Josh Monestero his professional baseball career. Listeners of Josh’s podcast realize (quickly) that Josh knows baseball. The arc and rhythm of baseball are perhaps life’s best metaphor. No better person than Josh to explore how that might be true and, if so, how.
27 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
The Human Lawyer Podcast: Nickisha Woodward
A litigation shareholder at Turner Padget in Charleston, South Carolina, Nickisha Woodward is the type of lawyer whose humility far surpasses her achievements, and she achieves a lot. She’s consistently recognized for her work by the South Carolina Super Lawyers and has been identified as a “One to Watch” by the Best Lawyers in America. Nickisha’s humility is perhaps best demonstrated by her support of others, whether it’s building a wheelchair accessible ramp to increase the accessibility and safety of a home for its disabled habitant or authoring an article about inclusion and empowerment, Nickisha’s eyes are always looking up and out. She believes that for the good of others, will somehow, someway, someday return for her benefit. Today, we ask Nickisha about the source of her humility and how she believes it has highlighted her path within and outside of her life as a practicing lawyer. We’ll also explore the power of positivity in the face of adversity. om the outside looking in leads with, and amplifies, the humanity of clients and anyone who works on their behalf.
29 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
The Human Lawyer Podcast: Libbey Van Pelt
Armed with the imprimatur of the United States, Libbey Van Pelt learned that the world of personal injury law needed to be reimagined. Libbey has experience in one of the legal profession’s most exalted jobs: a federal prosecutor. From that experience, she’s here now: the smart, kind, and courageous courtroom advocate in Alexandria, Virginia, practicing at Libbey Van Pelt Law. Her academic pedigree is unrivaled: a graduate of Penn and Stanford, each instance with honors. Her time as a Stanford law student foreshadowed (perhaps) her current career path. She completed an independent research project for the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, and in part because of that work, was recognized for her pro bono distinction. A bungee jumper, a couch surfer, a solo backpacker, and a hiker. A reader, a yogi, an advocate of and for women’s empowerment, and kibitzer, and a laugher. Libbey’s all those things and more. We’re here to explore.
28 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
The Human Lawyer Podcast: Jay Harrington
Simply stated, Jay Harrington teaches lawyers how to state things simply. He knows how to do it because he’s a lawyer who admits that, during his career, he made things too damn complicated. Jay has leveraged his white-shoe lawyer pedigree to becoming one of the country’s leading consultants and strategists in legal marketing, public relations, and business development. As an author, Jay has published three books: The Productivity Pilot, The Essential Associate, and One of a Kind. If there is a theme to Jay’s work, his path, and his advice, it could be this: If you’re always following conventional wisdom, never exploring the edges, there’s a good chance you (or your message) will be lost amid the noise. Expanding that concept, not everyone fits neatly in a box, we’re different for a reason, so filtering our choices or messaging through a societal filter does our complexities a disservice. Jay helps others, usually lawyers, identify, understand, and embrace their complexities. Today, we learn about Jay, the human.
30 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
The Human Lawyer Podcast: Sarah Stogner
Meet Sarah Stogner, a licensed pilot and an oil and gas unicorn who does her legal work in Midland, Texas. Her formative years were spent in Baton Rouge, where she learned about college football, love, and the law, perhaps in that order. After practicing law for twelve years in a traditional model, Sarah sought out to chart a different path, to find a better way to serve her clients: modern businesses. Sarah’s audacity and tenacity shows up in her advocacy and thought leadership. She is a co-owner of a medical marijuana dispensary with locations in Natchez and Bioloxi, Mississippi. She has hosted a podcast curating content for current and future energy leaders across the globe. Today, you can find her on social media putting the oil and gas industry on notice for contaminated drinking water in West Texas. As Sarah would say, life’s too short to be so damn serious all the time, and we’re here for that. Let’s have some fun.
25 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
The Human Lawyer Podcast: Amanda Pickens Nitto
From Sparkle City to Roanoke to Charlotte, Amanda Pickens Nitto has created a life of impact leaning into the causes she cares about, and the organizations she’s a part of. A Partner at Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, Amanda is recognized consistently for her work in her city (Charlotte), like the time she was chosen as one of the 50 most influential women in Mecklenburg County. In addition to her important (and complex) legal work, some of which has focused on issues attendant to the NCAA and its amateurism model, Amanda pours herself into the work for which there is no client to bill. That work, as she might say, has a client we all care about: the community. Amanda works to bring people together and to elevate the conversation surrounding issues impacting the Charlotte community. In inserting herself into important conversations, and investing in some of Charlotte’s most storied enterprises, what has Amanda learned about herself? What’s the non-negotiable human thing that must come with her in her job, in her community, with her family, or with her friends. We start there and follow Amanda’s lead.
27 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
The Human Lawyer Podcast: Brittany Love
Brittany Love fulfills the Urban Promise, literally. In the depths of COVID, Brittany stepped up as a classroom facilitator and educator for elementary and middle school students. Her goal: to provide structured enrichment, tutoring, and remediation along with interdisciplinary activities and extracurricular opportunities to elementary and middle schoolers. Brittany’s investment in our youth extends beyond Urban Promise. She serves as a Kiwanis advisor for a network of leadership programs at high schools around the greater Charlotte area where she acts as a liaison between student-led service organizations and their sponsoring Kiwanis clubs. In her role, Brittany routinely assists children with service projects, identifies community needs and opportunities, and helps students find their passion in hopes that they will value service leadership. Brittany’s passion for helping people, especially children, has allowed her to help a variety of people, in a variety of matters, as a lawyer. The diversity of her experience can never be taken away. Let’s see how she got here.
26 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
The Human Lawyer Podcast: Rebecca Wofford
Rebecca Wofford gives kids the fuel to learn. A non-profit she co-founded, The Lunch Project, allows more than 5,000 Tanzanian kids to eat a hot lunch every day. Because they are fed, they have the fuel to learn. The impact is demonstrable: quite simply, test scores increase in schools with lunch programs. Rebecca began this work in 2011. She hasn’t looked back since. As she would say, it’s been a decade of dimes to fund the fuel to learn. Through her work, she meets kids, like Shedrack Lomnyack Lariumbe, on the precipice of starvation who just need to meet life’s most basic need—hunger—before they can tackle complex problems. What are some of the lessons Rebecca has learned from being proximate to kids like Shedrack? How does she keep those lessons present in her day-to-day Charlotte life when our perceived problems are much less consequential? Let’s start there.
23 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
The Human Lawyer Podcast: Colin Levy
When Colin Levy was a teen, the law fascinated him. He found what lawyers did to be intriguing. And so he went to law school only to encounter a pinnacle exigent experience. At graduation, he walked through the door of the worst economic recession in our country’s recent history. From there, he charted his path through the in-house world. Along the way, Colin discovered his voice—a voice that is sought after whether at conferences or on podcast episodes. His voice also shows up in writing on his website, https://www.colinslevy.com/, which was named one of the Top 30 Legal Tech Blogs and Websites of 2020. If you hear Colin’s voice, or consume his content, you will learn that he is a disruptor, someone who believes strongly that the status quo is no longer acceptable for the legal industry. Whether it’s accelerating the adoption of legal technology, or treating all legal professionals humanely, Colin believes a different legal ops world would be a better legal world. The fight wears on him, but he’s still fighting. And he’s here to talk about it.
32 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
The Human Lawyer Podcast: Heather Stevenson
Meet Heather Stevenson in her words: Friends sometimes joke that I’m “too nice” to be a lawyer. They mean it as a compliment and that’s how I take it. But there’s no such thing as “too nice” to be a lawyer. Being nice means that I ask the lawyer for the counterparty whether they had a nice vacation and that I agree to reasonable extensions, and occasionally even some that are a bit unreasonable if they don’t negatively impact my client. . . . . . . .Being nice and being a pushover are two entirely different things. Know the difference, and if you’re a nice person, don’t stop being nice in your role as a lawyer. Or, how about this (again Heather’s words): My craziest career move (by a mile) was leaving my job as a litigation associate in New York to start a juice bar in Boston. The experience was even wilder than predicted, because we opened our first . . . location in November of what turned out to be Boston’s snowiest winter in recorded history. That decision could be considered a “failure.” I set a goal of opening ten juice bar locations in ten years, but instead, three years later I went back to practicing law. Within five years, I shut the whole thing down. But the decision also paid off in many expected ways, and even more ways I never could have imagined. Running (the juice bar) was like a hands-on MBA, but with more kale and coconut oil. Plus being a client to lawyers and other advisors gave me a clearer perspective on what makes an advisor effective. That perspective makes me a better in-house lawyer. So, yeah, that’s Heather: authentic, honest, vulnerable, compelling, and human.
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