Episode 23: Zylpha talks second career perspectives, bullying and harassment, and the NZLS work to address it
Summary of the episode
In this episode I met with Zylpha, a second career lawyer now working for the Canterbury-Westland branch of NZLS and, among other things, manning the Law Care phone line (0800 0800 28, more information below). Before studying law she worked in banking, and we had fun saying "hmmm" and stroking our chins about highly hierarchical, power-based employment cultures. We also talked about the big picture problem of harassment and bullying and the complex way those issues can and should be (and are being!) examined, including NZLS work to assist those suffering from it right now.
Mentioned in the episode
We recorded this episode mere days after I finished reading The Power Paradox by Dacher Keltner, and that informed a lot of the conversation. In looking for more information about his book I came across this article, specifically on harassment and power. (Read it; it's great.)
If you are a lawyer and have received the anonymous NZLS survey on harassment, please fill that out. It helps people see patterns, which makes effective responses/Dame Sylvia Cartwright's work that much easier.
Listening to the episode
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Law Care is where lawyers can call (anonymously and confidentially) if they are experiencing bullying, harassment, or related issues. Technically the Law Society has been offering that kind of support all along, but now they have a dedicated phone line for it, which should leave you in no doubt that they are the people to call if you have any issues, problems or questions on this topic.
You can call on 0800 0800 28 and you will reach someone on the end between 9am and 7.30pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9am and 5pm on Friday.
If talking on the phone is a barrier to getting in touch, you can also: