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You Are A Lawyer is an interview podcast that promotes lawyers with fearless career changes, ambitious side hustles, and extraordinary lives.

On this top-rated podcast, Kyla holds space for lawyers to be transparent and honest about their law school experiences, transitions out of the law, or the leaps they took to become a filmmaker, yogi, beauty brand founder, entrepreneur, etc.

Ranked at 42 of the Top 90 Legal Podcasts, this podcast will motivate you to start that side hustle, challenge you to find a nontraditional career, and push you to embrace the hobby you’ve been hiding.

So ask yourself, are you an ambitious lawyer who feels limited in your career? A law student who daydreams about impacting the world? Did you struggle with the bar exam, and now you’re bored with the law?

Listen to You Are A Lawyer and discover new careers, amazing passions, and advice from lawyers who will motivate you to find new ways to use your law degree. Whether you’re working as an artist, tech investor, coach, or blogger, if you’ve graduated from law school, YOU ARE A LAWYER, and your law degree is valuable.

Find more episodes and resources at www.youarealawyer.com. Join the email list and get introduced to more fearless lawyers every week.
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Holly Cope shares her journey from practicing law to helping lawyers create engaging podcasts in this episode. She discusses the importance of building a personal brand as a lawyer, documenting one's journey through law school, and overcoming limiting beliefs to excel in the legal profession. Holly's insights on leveraging a law degree for various opportunities and the value of storytelling in the legal field provide valuable advice for law students and young lawyers.Lawyer Side HustlesSide hustles for lawyers can be a great way to explore alternative career paths and find more flexibility in their work. Holly Cope, a lawyer turned podcast producer, shared her journey of starting a freelance writing business on the side before transitioning into podcasting full-time. She emphasized the importance of finding a balance between traditional legal work and pursuing entrepreneurial ventures.“I was doing that on the side and then I built that up, that freelance business up until I was in a position where I could quit my job,” shares Holly Cope in Episode 145 of You Are a Lawyer.Lawyers can benefit from side hustles not only financially but also in terms of personal growth and fulfillment. By documenting their journey and sharing their experiences, lawyers can build a personal brand and attract new opportunities. Holly suggested that lawyers should consider sharing their stories and insights, especially on platforms like LinkedIn, to connect with a wider audience and showcase their expertise.LISTEN TO LEARNHow to leverage a law degree for various career opportunities beyond traditional legal practiceThe importance of building a personal brand as a lawyer and documenting your journey on social mediaStrategies for overcoming limiting beliefs and imposter syndrome when starting a podcast or pursuing new venturesWE ALSO DISCUSSTransitioning from practicing law to freelancing and eventually helping lawyers create engaging podcastsThe role of coaching and counseling in supporting lawyers to become successful podcastersThe significance of confidence-building through sharing personal experiences and tips on social media platforms like LinkedInJoin the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Elena Deutsch, a career coach on a mission to help women and non-binary lawyers find fulfillment outside of big law, shares inspiring stories of individuals who have transformed their legal careers through her program, Will. From setting boundaries to exploring new career paths, Elena's insights and guidance empower individuals to prioritize their well-being and create a career and life they love. Tune in to hear how Elena's program is helping lawyers navigate their professional journeys with confidence and purpose.Transform Your Legal CareerElena Deutsch is the founder of Will, a program designed to help women and non-binary lawyers who feel stuck and unhappy in their current legal careers. Through Will, Elena assists individuals in discovering what truly lights them up and helps them create a fulfilling and meaningful career path outside of traditional big law firms. The program focuses on self-discovery, goal clarification, and taking action to align one's career with their passions and values. Elena emphasizes the importance of putting oneself first and setting boundaries to prioritize mental health and personal well-being in the legal profession.“You don't have to try and be a round peg in a square hole,” shares Elena Deutsch in Episode 144 of You Are a Lawyer.At Will, individuals are encouraged to explore alternative career paths within the legal field or outside of it, based on their interests and strengths. Will provides a supportive environment for individuals to transform their careers, whether it involves transitioning to a different type of law practice, starting their own firm, or pursuing entirely new ventures that align with their values and aspirations. Elena's program empowers individuals to take control of their careers and create a life that brings them fulfillment and joy.LISTEN TO LEARNThe importance of setting boundaries and putting yourself first in your career and lifeHow to navigate a career transition within the legal field or outside of itStrategies for advocating for yourself and making choices that align with your values and goalsWE ALSO DISCUSSThe experiences of individuals who have successfully transitioned within or out of the legal fieldBook recommendations for personal and professional development, including We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rogers and The Most Powerful Woman in the Room by an author specializing in negotiation techniquesThe significance of seeking inspiration from others, sharing stories, and building a career that aligns with personal fulfillment and well-beingJoin the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Brian Dixon, a lawyer turned digital nomad, shares his journey of transitioning from practicing law to running his own business as a copywriter while living in Bali. In this episode, Brian discusses his decision-making process, the support he received from his family, and the importance of embracing change and taking risks in one's career. Listeners will be inspired by Brian's story of pursuing multiple passions and redefining the traditional boundaries of a legal career.Lawyer Side HustlesLawyers like Brian Dixon, who embrace the digital nomad lifestyle, exemplify the potential for side hustles in the legal profession. By leveraging their legal expertise and skills, lawyers can explore opportunities beyond traditional law practice, such as freelance writing, consulting for startups, or offering legal services remotely while traveling the world. Brian's journey as a digital nomad showcases the flexibility and adaptability that lawyers can harness to pursue diverse side businesses while maintaining their legal careers.“I think lawyers can do anything and everything they want with their law degree,” shares Brian Dixon in Episode 143 of You Are a Lawyer.Embracing a side hustle as a lawyer not only allows for personal growth and exploration but also opens up avenues for expanding one's professional horizons. By venturing into side businesses, lawyers like Brian can tap into their creativity, passion, and entrepreneurial spirit, leading to a more fulfilling and diversified career path. As Brian's experience demonstrates, having a side business as a lawyer can be a rewarding endeavor that complements and enhances one's legal practice. As he advises, "Lawyers can write their own rules," encouraging fellow legal professionals to explore the endless possibilities that come with leveraging their legal skills in unconventional ways.LISTEN TO LEARNInsights into the decision-making process of leaving a traditional legal career to pursue writing and freelancingUnderstanding the role of a business lawyer for startups and the value they bring to the tableEncouragement for law students and young lawyers to explore diverse opportunities with their law degreeWE ALSO DISCUSSThe benefits and challenges of being a digital nomad and running a professional business from a non-traditional settingThe importance of taking risks and embracing change, even in the legal professionThe significance of research, preparation, and seeking help in navigating career transitionsJoin the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Misty Leon, an experienced in-house employee benefits attorney at Texas Instruments, shares her journey of how she stumbled into the world of employee benefits law and found her passion for navigating complex federal laws to ensure compliance with benefit plans. In this episode, Misty discusses the intricacies of her role, the importance of staying updated on new laws and regulations, and offers valuable advice for law students and new lawyers on being open to new opportunities and building a strong professional network. Join us as Misty provides insights into the practical and rewarding aspects of employee benefits law.Lawyer Side HustlesSide hustles for lawyers can be a great way to explore different interests and diversify income streams. Misty Leon's journey from private practice to in-house employee benefits attorney at Texas Instruments showcases the importance of being open to new opportunities and pivoting when necessary. As Misty mentioned, having a side business or pursuing other interests outside of traditional legal practice can provide valuable experiences and connections that may lead to unexpected opportunities in the future. Misty's advice to always be open to new opportunities and to broaden one's practice by exploring adjacent areas of law resonates with the idea of pursuing side hustles as a way to expand one's skill set and network.“Just be looking for opportunities to broaden your practice, to learn new things, to work with new people,” shares Misty Leon in Episode 142 of You Are a Lawyer.By engaging in side hustles, lawyers can gain new skills, expand their network, and potentially discover new passions that can complement their legal practice. Misty's journey serves as a reminder that exploring different avenues, such as side businesses, can lead to unexpected and fulfilling opportunities in the legal field and beyond.LISTEN TO LEARNAbout Misty’s journey into employee benefits law and finding her passion for itInsights into the day-to-day work of an employee benefits attorney, including monitoring new laws, collaborating with HR teams, and managing outside counselThe importance of being open to new opportunities and networking to broaden career prospectsWE ALSO DISCUSSMisty's transition from private practice to in-house employee benefits law at Texas InstrumentsThe unique challenges and rewards of working as a team of one in the employee benefits fieldAdvice for law students and new lawyers on pivoting, broadening practice areas, and building a strong professional networkJoin the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Tiffany Obeng, a lawyer specializing in employment discrimination, shares her journey of transitioning from practicing law to becoming a successful children's book author. Through her books, Tiffany aims to inspire young readers, especially Black children, to explore diverse career paths and embrace the power of literacy. Join us as Tiffany discusses the importance of representation in literature and the impact of alternative legal careers in shaping a more inclusive future.Lawyer Side HustlesSide hustles for lawyers can be a powerful way to explore passions outside of the legal field, as demonstrated by Tiffany Obeng's journey as an author. Tiffany's experience highlights the importance of pursuing multiple interests and not limiting oneself to a single career path. This mindset can empower lawyers to leverage their skills and creativity in different ways, such as writing books, starting a business, or engaging in other entrepreneurial ventures alongside their legal practice.“You can pursue two things. You don't have to just be one thing,” shares Tiffany Obeng in Episode 141 of You Are a Lawyer.Tiffany's success as an author while maintaining her legal career showcases the potential for lawyers to excel in side businesses. Her story emphasizes the value of embracing diverse opportunities and not being afraid to step into new ventures. As she aptly put it, "Do it scared." This mindset encourages lawyers to push past their fears and uncertainties, allowing them to explore new avenues and create additional sources of fulfillment and success beyond the traditional legal realm. By embracing side hustles, lawyers can unlock their full potential and make a meaningful impact in various fields while continuing to excel in their legal profession.LISTEN TO LEARNThe importance of pursuing multiple passions and careers, even with a law degree.Overcoming imposter syndrome and fear of success to pursue new challenges.The power of reading and the impact it can have on individuals and society.WE ALSO DISCUSSTiffany's journey from practicing law to becoming a children's book author.The significance of representation in children's literature and the workplace.The variety of alternative legal careers available to law students and young lawyers.Join the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Joshua Brumley, a successful lawyer and entrepreneur, shares the story of starting his own law firm right out of law school and the importance of networking and marketing in the legal industry. He emphasizes the value of building a strong network of like-minded attorneys and continuously learning and growing in the field of law. Joshua's passion for helping people and his innovative approach to marketing and business development shine through in this insightful episode.Lawyer Side HustlesSide hustles can be a valuable addition to a lawyer's career, providing additional income and personal fulfillment. Joshua Brumley shared his experience of owning a Little Caesars franchise as a side hustle, highlighting the educational aspect of diversifying one's business ventures. He emphasized the importance of balancing a side business with a law career, acknowledging the challenges and rewards that come with such endeavors.“I think that the first most important advice I have for all law students or young lawyers is build a network,” shares Joshua Brumley in Episode 140 of You Are a Lawyer.Having a side business can also enhance a lawyer's marketing skills and network, as it provides opportunities to engage with different industries and individuals. By leveraging the experience gained from running a side hustle, lawyers can improve their business acumen and expand their professional connections. Joshua's advice to law students and young lawyers to build a network aligns with the idea of utilizing side hustles to create new relationships and opportunities. By actively engaging in diverse business ventures, lawyers can not only supplement their income but also enhance their overall skill set and reputation in the legal community.LISTEN TO LEARNThe value of being passionate about your work and pursuing a career that brings fulfillment.The benefits of sharing knowledge and resources with others in the legal profession.The significance of reputation and how it can impact your career and relationships within the legal communityWE ALSO DISCUSSThe advantages of specializing in a specific area of law, such as personal injury.The role of technology and AI in the legal industry.The benefits of volunteering time and expertise to help others in need.Join the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Terrance Pryor shares his inspiring journey from a career in IT at General Motors to transitioning into the legal field, all while pursuing his law degree part-time. Through his determination and strategic planning, Terrance navigated through various roles in data privacy and DevOps, showcasing his ability to adapt and excel in different areas of expertise. Join us as Terrance reflects on his experiences and the pivotal moments that shaped his career path.Lawyer Side HustlesSide hustles for lawyers can be a great way to diversify income and explore different interests outside of the legal field. Terrance Pryor's journey from IT to law school and eventually landing a role as in-house counsel at General Motors showcases the potential for lawyers to pursue side businesses in various industries.“I was always advocating for people. I was always taking up for people who didn't really know how to take up for themselves,” shares Terrance Pryor in Episode 138 of You Are a Lawyer.Lawyers, like Terrance, demonstrate the importance of having a multifaceted career and exploring different opportunities beyond traditional legal roles. Side businesses can provide lawyers with additional skills, experiences, and financial stability. As Terrance's journey shows, combining legal expertise with other interests can lead to unique career paths and opportunities.LISTEN TO LEARNThe importance of being open to new opportunities and being proactive in pursuing them.The significance of setting intentions and working towards specific goals, even if the path may not be straightforward.The benefits of exploring different areas of interest and being open to unexpected career opportunities.WE ALSO DISCUSSThe journey of transitioning from a career in IT to a legal role, including the challenges and successes along the way.The intersection of IT and law, particularly in areas like data privacy and legal analytics.The role of networking and building rapport with professionals in different fields to facilitate career transitions.Join the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Hannah Beko, a seasoned real estate lawyer and founder of Authentically Speaking, shares her journey of finding her authentic voice and helping other lawyers do the same. Through her coaching and training programs, Hannah empowers lawyers to navigate stress, burnout, and low self-esteem, encouraging them to explore diverse career paths and embrace their true selves in the legal profession. Join us as Hannah delves into her experiences and insights on personal growth and professional development in the legal field.LAWYER SIDE HUSTLESAuthentically Speaking is a business founded by Hannah Beko, a real estate lawyer with a passion for helping other lawyers find their authentic voice and navigate the challenges of the legal profession. Through training, coaching, and public speaking, Hannah aims to empower lawyers to be true to themselves and thrive in their careers. The name "Authentically Speaking" reflects Hannah's personal journey of finding her authentic voice and silencing the self-doubt that often plagues legal professionals. By sharing her experiences and insights, Hannah helps lawyers improve their mental health, well-being, and overall happiness in the legal field.“It doesn't have to be one path or the other. It can be a bit of that path and a bit of something else” shares Hannah Beko in Episode 138 of You Are a Lawyer.Hannah's own journey of running multiple businesses alongside her legal career serves as an inspiration for new lawyers and law students to explore different avenues and embrace the possibilities beyond traditional legal practice. Through Authentically Speaking, Hannah encourages lawyers to think outside the box and consider the multitude of paths available to them with a law degree.LISTEN TO LEARNThe importance of finding your authentic voice and being true to yourself in your career.The benefits of coaching and training for personal and professional growth.How to navigate career transitions and explore different opportunities with a law degree.WE ALSO DISCUSSHannah Beko's journey from being a real estate lawyer to running three businesses, including Authentically Speaking.The origin of the name "Authentically Speaking" and its focus on helping lawyers find their authentic selves.Advice for new lawyers and law students on exploring diverse career paths and leveraging modern tools like social media for growth.Join the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk!)Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Larry Williams II shares his journey from starting his own solo law practice straight out of law school to eventually working as a criminal defense attorney for the Harris County Public Defender's Office in Houston. Throughout the episode, Larry discusses the importance of mentorship, the value of networking, and the versatility of a law degree, encouraging young lawyers and law students to keep pushing forward and believe in their abilities to succeed in the legal field. Join us as Larry provides insights and advice for those navigating the early years of their legal careers.Lawyer Side HustlesLarry's journey from solo practice to working for the Public Defender's Office in Houston showcases the potential for lawyers to pursue side businesses or ventures alongside their legal careers. By leveraging their problem-solving and analytical skills, lawyers can excel in entrepreneurial endeavors. Larry's advice to young lawyers and law students to "keep pushing" resonates with the idea of maintaining determination and resilience when exploring side hustles. This mindset can empower lawyers to navigate challenges and seize opportunities in both legal practice and side businesses.“Know your worth, know your value, respect yourself, but also do the work,” shares Larry Williams II in Episode 137 of You Are a Lawyer.In this episode, Larry emphasized the importance of being open to various opportunities with a law degree. He mentioned how a law degree provides flexibility and can open doors to different career paths beyond practicing law.LISTEN TO LEARNThe importance of mentorship in the legal field and how it can help young lawyers navigate their careers effectively.The significance of being prepared and willing to put in the work to succeed in the legal profession.Advice on not boxing oneself in with a law degree and exploring diverse career paths beyond traditional legal roles.WE ALSO DISCUSSLarry's journey from law school to practicing criminal defense and eventually joining the Public Defender's Office in Houston.The challenges and rewards of running a solo law practice, including the need for effective time management and business acumen.Insights on balancing work-life responsibilities and adapting to changes in personal circumstances while pursuing a legal career.Join the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Dena Lefkowitz shares her journey from starting law school without a clear direction to finding fulfillment as a career coach and author in this episode. She discusses the importance of identifying values and soft skills in one's career, emphasizing that it's never too late to make a change and pursue what truly matters to you. Through her own experiences, Dena inspires listeners to take control of their careers and strive for personal and professional growth.Lawyer Side HustlesDena Lefkowitz's journey from a disillusioned litigator to a successful career coach and author is a testament to the power of self-reflection and perseverance. After experiencing the stress and dissatisfaction of practicing law, Dena made a pivotal decision to invest in herself by hiring a career counselor. This decision led her to discover her values and make strategic career moves, ultimately finding fulfillment as general counsel for various organizations. Dena's transition from law to coaching was not without challenges, but her dedication to personal growth and improvement propelled her to success.“It's not too late for you to have a great career,” shares Dena Lefkowitz in Episode 136 of You Are a Lawyer.In her role as a career coach and author, Dena emphasizes the importance of soft skills and self-awareness in navigating the complexities of professional life. Through her book, "Winning in Your Own Court," Dena provides valuable insights on curating a fulfilling career and honing essential soft skills for success. Her experiences, including learning from a client interaction that could have derailed her career, have shaped her approach to coaching and writing. Dena's journey serves as an inspiration for individuals seeking to make meaningful career changes and find fulfillment in their professional endeavors.LISTEN TO LEARNThe significance of investing in self-improvement, even if it means taking a pay cut or making a career change.The value of soft skills in the legal profession and how they can impact your career success.The importance of identifying your values, motives, and preferences in your career to avoid feeling miserable.WE ALSO DISCUSSDena’s journey from starting law school without a clear direction to finding fulfillment in her career through strategic decisions and self-discovery.The impact of desperation on seeking help and investing in personal growth, even for individuals who are typically frugal or hesitant to spend on themselves.The process of transitioning from a legal career to becoming a successful career coach and author, emphasizing the importance of continuous learning and self-improvement.Join the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Sara Williams shares her story of self-discovery and growth in the legal industry, emphasizing the importance of breaking free from traditional norms to find fulfillment and happiness as a lawyer. From teaching at a law school to managing a firm and ultimately branding herself within it, Sara's story highlights the value of exploring different paths and embracing change to create a career that aligns with personal values and aspirations. Join us as Sara inspires law students and young lawyers to prioritize their happiness and forge their unique paths in the legal profession.Lawyer Side HustlesSara Williams, a successful lawyer and owner of a self-branded grouping within a larger law firm, also serves as a dedicated professor at Samford Cumberland School of Law. With over 13 years of teaching experience, Sara is deeply committed to preparing her students to be practice-ready and excel in the legal field. She teaches courses such as basic skills and trial advocacy, deposition skills, and advanced trial advocacy civil. Sara's passion for teaching stems from her belief in the importance of providing students with practical skills and real-world experiences to succeed in their legal careers.“The key is to figuring out what you really enjoy doing and what makes you happy and not getting into a job because people tell you that's what you should do,” shares Sara Williams in Episode 135 of You Are a Lawyer.Sara's approach to teaching reflects her belief in empowering students to explore their interests and find fulfillment in their legal careers. She encourages her students to embrace growth and not limit themselves to traditional career paths. Sara's dedication to creating a supportive and innovative learning environment resonates with her advocacy for happiness and wellness in the legal profession.LISTEN TO LEARNHow to share your work ethic with your childrenThe benefits of establishing your brand outside of your law firm identityHow to create a fulfilling legal careerWE ALSO DISCUSSHow Sara's career evolved from managing a law firm to branding herself within the firm and finding autonomy.The diverse career paths available to lawyers include roles in influencer contract review, app development, and motivational speaking.The importance of prioritizing happiness and well-being in the legal profession, challenging traditional norms, and advocating for personal fulfillment.Join the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Lauren Klein shares her journey from big law to launching a coaching program for law students and new lawyers in this episode. She discusses the importance of mindset coaching, success coaching, and mindfulness in the legal profession, emphasizing the need for balance, health, and financial well-being. Lauren's insights highlight the versatility of a law degree and the endless possibilities available to young lawyers and law students.Lawyer Side HustlesLauren's podcast, "Wealthy Future Lawyer," is a valuable resource for law students and new attorneys looking to navigate the challenges of law school and the legal profession. In the podcast, Lauren discusses the importance of mindset coaching, success coaching, and mindfulness for individuals in the legal field. She emphasizes the need for tools and a supportive community to help law students and new lawyers succeed, find balance, and prioritize their mental health, money, and overall well-being. Through group coaching calls, guest speakers, and modules on topics like overcoming imposter syndrome and managing stress, "Wealthy Future Lawyer" provides a comprehensive approach to personal and professional development in the legal industry.“You can do whatever you want. And if you don't want to be a lawyer anymore, that's cool, too,” shares Lauren Klein in Episode 134 of You Are a Lawyer.Lauren highlights the versatility of a law degree and encourages young lawyers and law students to explore various opportunities beyond traditional legal practice. She emphasizes the idea that there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to utilizing a law degree, and individuals should pursue what aligns with their passions and goals. LISTEN TO LEARNThe value of mindset coaching, success coaching, and mindfulness for law students and new lawyers.Why it’s important to understand personal finance and money management in the legal profession.The impact of journaling and visualization in setting and achieving personal and professional goals.WE ALSO DISCUSSEvolving career paths and the ability to pivot in the legal profession..The challenges and mental health statistics in law school and the legal profession.How versatile a law degree can be when pursuing various career paths and entrepreneurial ventures.Join the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Samantha Divine Jallah, an experienced in-house lawyer and life coach at Radical Bench, shares valuable insights on navigating career changes and finding fulfillment in the legal profession. Having transitioned through different careers, Samantha emphasizes the importance of starting with oneself and utilizing one's skills and passions to create a fulfilling career path. Her advice resonates with young lawyers and law students, encouraging them to live intentionally and not stay stuck in unfulfilling roles.Lawyer Side HustlesSamantha Divine Jallah, the founder of Radical Bench, is a seasoned in-house lawyer with a diverse career journey that includes public health law and regulatory work. Transitioning into life coaching, Samantha brings a unique perspective to her coaching practice, focusing on empowering individuals to undergo radical transformations. Through Radical Bench, Samantha works with lawyers, managers, and nonprofit leaders, guiding them through self-reflection and decision-making processes to help them achieve their personal and professional goals.“My ideal client is someone who's about transforming him or herself...reflect on who they are and figure out who they need to be for the next thing that they're trying to get to,” shares Samantha Divine Jallah in Episode 133 of You Are a Lawyer.Samantha's coaching philosophy revolves around radical transformation, encouraging individuals to embrace change and pursue fulfillment. With a background in mentoring and managing people, Samantha leverages her coaching certification to help clients navigate career transitions, find their passions, and align their values with their professional pursuits. Through Radical Bench, Samantha aims to create a safe and accepting space for individuals to explore their true selves and make meaningful changes.LISTEN TO LEARNStarting with yourself and understanding your strengths and passions is important when making career decisions.Coaching can help individuals navigate career changes, find fulfillment, and make intentional choices.Living intentionally and fully means not staying stuck in a career that is not fulfilling or consistent with your values.WE ALSO DISCUSSSamantha's journey through different careers and finding fulfillment by aligning her work with her values.The role of coaching in empowering individuals to make transformative changes in their lives.Advice for young lawyers on finding fulfillment in their careers, utilizing their skills, and not being afraid to make changes when needed.Join the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Michael Alder, a seasoned lawyer and mentor, shares his journey of personal growth and giving back in this episode. From navigating relationships to writing books on life skills for middle schoolers, his experiences during COVID-19 have shaped his perspective on mentorship and philanthropy. Join us as we delve into Michael’s unique approach to helping others and making a difference in the community.Lawyer Side HustlesRanching and mentoring are two key aspects of Michael Alder's life that have shaped his values and actions. In the interview, Michael discusses how his wife encouraged him to give back to the community, leading to their involvement in providing food to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. This act of generosity reflects Michael’s belief in treating others as you would like to be treated, a principle that guides his ranching and mentoring endeavors.“It's just kind of the way we live and it's a good way to live,” shares Michael Alder in Episode 129 of You Are a Lawyer.Michael’s commitment to mentoring young individuals, particularly in the legal profession, showcases his dedication to passing on knowledge and skills to the next generation. Through his experience as a lawyer and his involvement in various charitable initiatives, Michael emphasizes the significance of stepping outside one's comfort zone to facilitate growth and learning. He encourages less experienced individuals to embrace discomfort as a means of personal and professional development, underscoring the value of mentorship in guiding others towards success.LISTEN TO LEARNThe importance of giving back to the community and treating others with kindness and respect.The value of teaching life skills to young individuals, such as networking, small talk, and cultural awareness.The significance of stepping out of one's comfort zone to grow personally and professionally.WE ALSO DISCUSSThe impact of COVID-19 on community initiatives, such as pivoting from traditional services to providing food assistance.Michael’s journey from personal experiences, relationships, and mentorship to writing books like the Traveler's Bible.The focus on utilizing donations effectively for charitable purposes and the importance of being uncomfortable to achieve growth.Join the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Alban Brooke, former attorney and technology specialist who is currently the head of marketing for a podcasting company called Buzzsprout, delves into the journey of transitioning from a career in law to content creation in this episode. From discussing the impact of perfectionism from the legal field to the challenges faced in law school, Alban shares insights on how his background in law has influenced his approach to marketing and content creation. Tune in to discover how Alban's experiences in law have shaped his current endeavors in the world of content creation.Lawyer Side HustlesAlban Brooke's work at Buzzsprout is characterized by his dedication to producing high-quality content consistently. It is evident that Alban and his team at Buzzsprout have significantly increased their output, producing multiple YouTube videos, podcasting guides, and podcast episodes every week. This commitment to creating valuable content showcases Alban's work ethic and passion for marketing. “So speaking of being a perfectionist, have you found that trait that you had to be beneficial in marketing, even though you can give yourself the leeway to just send the email after looking at it two,” shares Alban Brooke in Episode 131 of You Are a Lawyer.Alban's background in law has instilled in him a sense of perfectionism that he has successfully translated into his marketing role at Buzzsprout. His experience in the legal field, where attention to detail is crucial, has influenced his marketing approach. Alban's ability to balance perfectionism with practicality is evident in his marketing strategies. Alban's perfectionist tendencies have positively impacted his work at Buzzsprout, ensuring high-quality content while also meeting deadlines effectively.LISTEN TO LEARNThe importance of consistency in content production for marketing purposesThe benefits of being a perfectionist in marketing while allowing some leewaysThe value of attention to detail, learned from the practice of law, in various aspects of lifeWE ALSO DISCUSSChallenges and sacrifices involved in pursuing a legal careerHow the routine and structure in law compares to the creativity in content creationThe personal value of a law degree even if not actively practicing lawJoin the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Kyla Denanyoh, host of the You Are a Lawyer podcast, shares three significant leaps she has made in her journey as a business owner, mom, and wife in this special bonus episode for Leap Year 2024. From becoming a boss managing a team of four to creatively launching five new podcasts, Kyla reflects on her personal growth, including navigating motherhood during a global pandemic and embracing the value of seeking help. Tune in to discover how Kyla's experiences can inspire and empower you on your own path.Skip the Boring StuffSkip the Boring Stuff is a business founded by Kyla Denanyoh, aimed at helping business owners streamline their content creation process. Through her business, Kyla offers services such as recording, editing, and uploading content for podcasts and YouTube videos. By hiring a virtual assistant and working with editors, Kyla has been able to expand her business and provide valuable support to her clients. “I created that business because I literally needed it myself,” shares Kyla Denanyoh in Episode 130 of You Are a Lawyer.Skip the Boring Stuff reflects Kyla's passion for storytelling and her desire to empower others to share their stories. By launching multiple podcasts for various niches, Kyla has not only expanded her creative endeavors but also helped individuals in different industries connect with their audience through engaging content. The business's focus on skipping mundane tasks and allowing clients to focus on their core message resonates with Kyla's mission to create more storytellers. Through Skip the Boring Stuff, Kyla has successfully combined her entrepreneurial spirit with her love for storytelling, making a significant impact on the content creation landscape.Want to start a podcast?Save time and create faster with KD Creative. KD Creative offers done-for-you podcasting services by launching podcasts for small business owners and editing podcasts for existing podcasters. If you’re ready to get your content in the ears of your ideal customers, start working with KD Creative. Visit skiptheboringstuff.com to hire a podcast coach. LISTEN TO LEARNHow to make a big leap as a business owner, mom, and wifeThe importance of hiring help and delegating tasksThe value of helping others share their storiesWE ALSO DISCUSSThe experience of hiring a virtual assistant, editor, and video editor to manage tasks efficientlyThe creative leap of launching multiple podcasts for different nichesThe personal growth and challenges faced as a mother navigating through the pandemic and learning to seek help when neededJoin the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Karl Seelbach, lawyer and the founder of Skribe.ai, a legal tech company joins us for episode 129 of the You Are a Lawyer podcast. Karl explains how Skribe.ai offers attorneys a more efficient and cost-effective way to capture legal testimony, such as depositions, using AI and software solutions. The platform allows attorneys to easily access video synced to the transcript, create video clips, and receive a final proofread and certified transcript within three days. Karl discusses the benefits of this technology for trial lawyers and highlights its potential for transactional law as well. Tune in to learn more about the innovative use of AI in the legal field.Lawyer Side HustlesSkribe.ai is a tool that aims to assist legal professionals in their work by providing a faster and more efficient way of completing tasks. In the podcast episode, Karl, a legal professional, expresses the importance of embracing tools that can enhance productivity.“If this were a deposition hosted by Skribe.ai, as soon as the event is over, the attorney would have a video synced to the transcript and be able to go in and create video clips and digest that testimony and get their final transcript proofread by a human being and certified within about three days,” shares Karl Seelbach in Episode 129 of You Are a Lawyer.Skribe.ai has the potential to revolutionize the legal industry. Karl mentions that the tool can assist not only attorneys but also paralegals and legal secretaries, indicating its versatility and applicability across different roles within a law firm. By leveraging artificial intelligence and automation, Skribe.ai can help legal professionals save time and effort in tasks such as document drafting, research, and analysis. This technology has the potential to transform the way legal work is done, allowing professionals to focus on higher-value tasks and providing a competitive edge in the industry.LISTEN TO LEARNHow to embrace tools that can help in performing job tasks faster, better, and more efficientlyThe value of utilizing technology in the legal profession to enhance productivity and effectivenessHow taking risks can lead to successWE ALSO DISCUSSThe importance of staying up to date with technological advancements in the legal professionPotential impacts of technology on different aspects of legal workBalancing work, exercise, and mental well-being as an attorneyJoin the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Jaya Saxena, a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) professional, shares her personal journey and experiences in this podcast episode. From her interdisciplinary education to her work in law firms and law schools, Jaya discusses the importance of DEI and how it can have a direct impact on individuals' lived experiences. She also offers valuable advice for those frustrated with their legal practice or considering what to do with their law degree.Lawyer Side HustlesJaya's work as a DEI leader is characterized by her commitment to creating meaningful change and her ability to navigate complex systems. Throughout the podcast episode, Jaya discusses her experiences in various roles, from working in a law firm to leading diversity and inclusion efforts at a law school. She emphasizes the importance of taking an interdisciplinary approach and collaborating with different departments to address a variety of issues. Jaya's dedication to broadening the talent pipeline and supporting historically underrepresented or marginalized students demonstrates her passion for creating inclusive environments.“I also really enjoy seeing or experiencing how this work can have a direct impact on someone's lived experience in this sense, in this context, in the workplace,” shares Jaya Saxena in Episode 128 of You Are a Lawyer.Jaya's work extends beyond organizational boundaries. She recognizes the significance of considering DEI in a global context and actively seeks opportunities to explore how global organizations can drive change. Her ability to ask critical questions and ensure a firm's commitment to DEI before joining demonstrates her intentionality in choosing organizations that align with her values. Jaya's approach to DEI work is holistic, recognizing that it involves rebuilding systems and structures, and she emphasizes the importance of being part of conversations and driving change. Her advice to frustrated practitioners or law students is to seek different perspectives, engage in self-reflection, and have conversations with individuals in fields that sound fascinating. Jaya's work as a DEI leader exemplifies her dedication to creating inclusive environments and driving meaningful change.LISTEN TO LEARNThe role of DEI in global organizations and its connection to historical contextsThe value of interdisciplinary education & experiential learning programsStrategies for career exploration and decision-makingWE ALSO DISCUSSChallenges and rewards of being a DEI professional in the legal fieldThe impact of recent events on organizations' focus on DEIThe value of networking and connecting with professionals in fields of interestJoin the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Theresa Phillips is a lawyer and artist who has found a passion for painting and creating vibrant, textured artwork. In this episode of You Are A Lawyer, Theresa shares her journey of self-discovery, from cutting her hair and embracing her artistic side to starting her own business and taking on commissioned pieces. She discusses the intersection of law and creativity, the importance of following your passions, and the power of manifesting your dreams.Lawyer Side HustlesTheresa Phillips is a lawyer turned artist who has found her passion in painting vibrant and bold artworks. After feeling the monotony of her everyday life, she explored her creativity and started painting as a hobby. What began as a way to escape the routine quickly became a full-fledged art business. Theresa's artwork is characterized by its colorful and textured nature, creating statement pieces that catch the eye and bring joy to any space. She takes pride in her maximalist style and aims to create artwork that stands out and makes a statement. Theresa also offers commission pieces, collaborating with clients to create personalized artworks that reflect their unique style and preferences.“I want my art to be a statement piece and something that's noticed,” shares Theresa Phillips in Episode 127 of You Are a Lawyer.Theresa's journey as an artist showcases the power of following one's passion. Despite being a successful lawyer, she recognized the need for more fulfillment and decided to explore her creative side. Through painting, she discovered a newfound sense of joy and self-expression. Theresa's commitment to learning and honing her artistic skills is evident in her vibrant and textured artwork. Her willingness to step out of her comfort zone and take on commissions demonstrates her dedication to pursuing her passion. Theresa's story inspires others, reminding them it is never too late to pursue their dreams and find fulfillment in their unique talents and interests.LISTEN TO LEARNHow to start creating art and stretching canvasesThe importance of finding a creative outletThe potential to leverage a law degree in various industries‍WE ALSO DISCUSSThe unique ways that lawyers are creative (and embrace their creativity)Manifesting success as an artistWhy you should prioritize personal growthJoin the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
Sheila M. Wilkinson is a lawyer, social worker, consultant, and career transition coach. Sheila also talks about her mission to help lawyers make aligned decisions, set boundaries, and focus on what they truly want to do rather than what they think they should do. She believes in reconnecting the intellectual self with the emotional self and offers guidance to lawyers in this process.This episode is Part 2 of a two-part series with Sheila M. Wilkinson. (Catch up on Part 1 Here)Lawyer Side HustlesSheila's coaching business focuses on helping lawyers create a joyful and thriving life. Through her holistic approach, she combines her background in social work with human design principles to guide her clients in aligning their energy and making decisions that are true to their authentic selves. Sheila believes that lawyers often find themselves stuck in a cycle of overthinking and burnout, and she aims to break this pattern by helping them tap into their true passions and desires. She understands lawyers' unique challenges and provides practical tools and strategies to help them navigate their careers with more fulfillment and balance.“The sooner you understand the distinction and … how we are designed to make decisions … you give yourself permission to follow that quicker … you will get to where you want to be,” shares Sheila M. Wilkinson in Episode 126 of You Are a Lawyer.Sheila's approach combines her background as a licensed social worker with her legal expertise, allowing her to guide her clients through their careers' emotional and intellectual aspects. She encourages her clients to reflect on their experiences and goals, providing them with the support and guidance they need to navigate the challenges of the legal profession.LISTEN TO LEARNAbout Human Design as a tool for aligning one’s energy with their natural designThe importance of holistic approaches in coaching and social workThe impact of addressing and working through personal shadows and fearsWE ALSO DISCUSSThe importance of not judging oneself for emotions that arisePrioritizing self-care and sleep for optimal functioningThe tendency of lawyers to overanalyze and overthinkJoin the FREE mailing list!Get behind-the-scenes content from You Are A Lawyer. 1) Visit www.youarealawyer.com2) Add your email address to the Subscribe pop-up box OR3) Enter your email address on the right side of the screen4) Get emails from me (I won't fill your inbox with junk)!Interact with You Are A LawyerKyla Denanyoh hosts the You Are A Lawyer podcast. Follow the podcast:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@youarealawyerWebsite: https://www.youarealawyer.com
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