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Cassandra talks junior barristership, animal law and networking without networking

In this episode I spoke to Cassandra Kenworthy, a junior barrister from Wellington, about almost everything in the world.  We went from her science background to how she found law to academic writing to animal law to participation in legal profession groups to practising with a chronic illness to networking without networking to the podcast she has in the works (for which there will definitely be updates here when it launches).  I'm such a fan.  

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Episode 27: Grad solicitor Alice talks finding a job, the transition from law school to practice, and the value of cultural know-how

This was such a lovely episode with grad solicitor Alice, and in it we got to traverse all sorts of topics I have not been able to cover so much with other guests lately, namely the experience of grad lawyers. Finding a job, transitioning from law school to practice, setting yourself up for success and balance in an emotionally demanding job, the culture of law school, so much cool stuff. We also talked about cultural awareness as a means to serve clients and colleagues and the work of a new family lawyer. It. Was. Great.

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Episode 16 - Anna talks all-or-nothing in practice, the work of a litigation solicitor, and what great law firm culture looks like

This week's episode is almost a case study for episode 15.  I talked to Anna, a third year litigation solicitor at a mid-sized firm about how she found some moderation in her all-or-nothing personality type.  The answer seems to lie in the direction of self awareness and a great law firm culture, with a touch of mindfulness practice thrown in.  I particularly loved getting into what makes her workplace so supportive of sustainable success; it's a recipe for us all.  We also had lovely chats about how she came to work at that firm in only second year of law school, and her experiences as a young woman lawyer (there is even some comeuppance, listeners!).  I do hope you enjoy.

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Episode 14: Eric talks Community Law, attitudes to mistakes, and idealism vs realism in legal practice

This episode I interviewed Eric Yu, a third year solicitor at Christchurch's Community Law office.  We talked about so much wonderful stuff, including the virtues of volunteering for Community Law and the breadth of experience you can get there, how to deal with mistakes when they inevitably occur, the imperfect and sometimes unjust nature of our legal system, and how to cope with emotional fatigue and gloom at systemic injustice.  It was so great.

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Episode 13: Mahafrin talks immigration and refugee law, the young woman migrant lawyer experience, and career advancement in litigation

You guys.  This episode.  So cool.  Mahafrin was born in India, mostly raised in Dubai, and immigrated with her family to New Zealand when she was 15.  She practises in an immigration and refugee law firm in Auckland.  She attended an international human rights conference a couple of years ago that you might want to attend in Sydney this year.  In the episode we discuss all of this, values clashes, racial and gender prejudice, and law as purpose, and she picks my brain on advancement in litigation.  It's wonderful.

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Episode 12: George talks alternative summer clerking, the life of a barrister and competitions - The New Lawyer Podcast

George the law student/barristers' clerk joins me this episode for a micro discussion on life as a junior in a barristers' chambers and how he got the job in the first place, as well as how much a little confidence goes a long way in the world of autonomous legal practice.  

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Episode 9: Josh Pemberton talks Supreme Court clerkships, Harvard University and the Pemberton Report

Well.  I don't need to tell you guys how cool this episode is, but it really was very cool. We spent most of the episode discussing the results of Josh's research, but not before we discussed Josh's own legal career, which to date has included a Supreme Court clerkship, work for a rule of law-based NGO in Myanmar, and now a Masters degree at Harvard. 

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Episode 7: Tom talks criminal defence, workload management and job-hunting

In this episode I interview Tom, an S2 at the Public Defence Service, about life as a junior criminal defence lawyer.  

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