Filtering by Tag: issues: stress management

Dear Katie: how to cope with exam stress?

Happy springtime, lovely listeners and readers! My third Dear Katie column is out, in which I would like a prize please for answering a question about exam stress in 1000 words. No doubt we will return to the topic for the other 20,000 words I have in reserve. I hope this little method/mindset combo helps ease some of the more extreme stress that upcoming exams will invite.

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Column 915 - Watch out for lawyer creep

This column is about keeping your lawyer skills within the lawyer domain as much as possible, and not letting them leech into other areas where they may not be as useful.  Of course, when I wrote this column back in January (a simpler time when Me Too and Times Up were but months and weeks old), the New Zealand legal profession was not grappling quite so directly with the issue of lawyer creeps, so the title is now a little unfortunate. 

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Episode 18: Julia Batchelor-Smith talks construction law, non-linear careers and hard core self care

In this episode I sat down with the lawyer self care guru herself, Julia Batchelor-Smith, to talk all things self care, balance and contentment (and nerd out about the Construction Contracts Act; apologies).  We covered some GREAT stuff, including non-linear careers, taking time out to do crazy always-wanted-to ventures, parenting and lawyering, microcredentialing (Katie learns a word), how to keep on top of stress, how to manage mistakes, financial literacy and the business of Spanx.

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Episode 15: Psychologist Mike talks burnout, the gentle antidote to an extreme lawyerly personality, and tools for sustainable achievement

This episode is a bit different from others in that Mike is not himself a lawyer, but he treats lawyers in his practice as a clinical psychologist and basically wrote a book about us, so it counts. We discussed all or nothing personalities (of course), the antidote to the extreme versions of that personality, the consequences of letting your all or nothing nature rule your life, and what life looks and feels like when it's not quite so all or nothing.  

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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 8: Coroner Elliott talks the virtues of barristership, therapeutic jurisprudence, and being wrong

In this episode I talk to Coroner Marcus Elliott about his career and his writing.  His career includes barristers' chambers, small firms, large firms, the Royal Commission of Inquiry following the Christchurch earthquakes, the legal departments of County Boroughs in the UK, a pub, and now the Coronial Court, so there is much to cover.

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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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Episode 5: Justice Glazebrook talks gender diversity, how to respond to feedback and expectations of your new lawyer job - The New Lawyer Podcast

Well, what an episode.  Justice Glazebrook of New Zealand's Supreme Court was kind enough to sit down with me and talk in depth about several issues raised in the Pemberton Report for junior lawyers, confidence and imposter syndrome, gender bias and discrimination, and the expectation-vs-reality issue for new lawyers.  

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Episode 3: Senior solicitor Brannavan talks big law, checking your ego, and how to balance creative passions with legal practice.

In this episode Brannavan, a senior solicitor in Buddle Findlay's property and litigation teams in Wellington, talks daily practice in big law, checking your ego, and how to balance creative passions alongside your legal practice.

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Episode 2: Emily talks advice for new lawyers, stress management and women in law.

In this episode Emily, a property solicitor with six years' experience in Invercargill and Christchurch, talks to Katie about life as a new lawyer, stress management, her experience as a woman in law, and the work of the Christchurch Young Lawyer Committee.

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