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.

Referred to in the episode:

- Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit, which is basically required life reading in this industry and this day and age.  Sample quote: “Hope just means another world might be possible, not promised, not guaranteed. Hope calls for action; action is impossible without hope.”  Argh, and it's a whole book of beautiful, down to earth writing like that.  Currently only $12 with free shipping from Book Depository. (And I'm not even getting a commission!)

- I refer to blog posts I've written on principles, settlement, and unfair outcomes, but I'm in the process of moving my blog to a different site so I can't link to them right now.  I will update this blog when they are available again.

And that's all for this week.  Thank you to you all for tipping us past 5000 downloads, and thank you in advance if you choose to prosthelytise to your lawyer and law student friends and family. 

Katie

Email your questions to katie@thenewlawyer.co.nz 

 

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