9 episodes

Welcome to the Beyond the A Podcast.

Are you a lawyer or student who has experienced anxiety? Are you looking for a forum to discuss and share this experience with other legal professionals? You’ve come to the right place.

This podcast will include a series of interviews with legal professionals discussing their own journey with anxiety, how it has impacted their life and careers and the tactical tips that they did to overcome their anxiety.

If you’d like more information, please visit us on Instagram @beyondthea.co, our website http://beyondthea.co or contact us at info@beyondthea.co

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Welcome to the Beyond the A Podcast.

Are you a lawyer or student who has experienced anxiety? Are you looking for a forum to discuss and share this experience with other legal professionals? You’ve come to the right place.

This podcast will include a series of interviews with legal professionals discussing their own journey with anxiety, how it has impacted their life and careers and the tactical tips that they did to overcome their anxiety.

If you’d like more information, please visit us on Instagram @beyondthea.co, our website http://beyondthea.co or contact us at info@beyondthea.co

    Episode 8 - Joshua Mamdani (Dentons Canada LLP)

    Episode 8 - Joshua Mamdani (Dentons Canada LLP)

    This past Saturday, we sat down with Joshua Mamdani, Dentons Canada LLP and co-founder of Beyond the A. In this podcast episode, he shares his wisdom on how to thrive as a Summer Law Student, Articling Student and beyond. Josh was recently hired back to the firm he articled with during the midst of COVID. He breaks it down to three important principles: (1) relationship building (2) having a mindset of being ready to learn and (3) maintaining a habit of doing the things that make you happy.

    • 21 min
    Episode 7 - Vivian Li (MacDonald & Partners LLP)

    Episode 7 - Vivian Li (MacDonald & Partners LLP)

    We are thrilled to have Vivian Li on our podcast.  She spoke at an in-person Beyond the A event that we hosted over at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and have invited her to join here on the podcast to share her learnings with all of us. Vivian is a family lawyer with MacDonald & Partners LLP and serves on the board of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers Ontario.

    • 18 min
    Episode 6 - Rajeev Majumdar (President of Washington State Bar Association)

    Episode 6 - Rajeev Majumdar (President of Washington State Bar Association)

    It was such a pleasure to chat with Rajeev Majumdar, current president of the Washington State Bar Association and the first state bar president of South Asian descent in all of the United States.

    We went deep in this conversation on his initial pitfalls starting out as a lawyer and his journey through anxiety and depression and how he was to pick himself back up.

    This one is a gem for the ages.

    • 26 min
    Episode 5 - Professor Andrew Benjamin (University of Washington; Faculty of Law)

    Episode 5 - Professor Andrew Benjamin (University of Washington; Faculty of Law)

    Dr. Benjamin received his B.A. at the University of Oregon Honors College and his M.A., J.D., and Ph.D., at the University of Arizona.

    While working with families engaged in high-conflict litigation and lawyers suffering from various mental health and drug abuse problems, Dr. Benjamin was named "Professional of the Year" by the Washington State Bar Association's Family Law Section. He was also elected to serve as President of the Washington State Psychological Association and later his colleagues there created an award named after him for "outstanding and tireless contributions.”

    He is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Law at the University of Washington. Dr. Benjamin supervises the Law School's Peer Support Program that fields peer counselors to law students.

    • 26 min
    Episode 4 - Edward Ngo (KMK Law; Global Lawyers of Canada)

    Episode 4 - Edward Ngo (KMK Law; Global Lawyers of Canada)

    Edward Ngo is a wills and estates lawyer at KMK Law and a director with the Global Lawyers of Canada. In the era of social media - where we are able to watch others develop and grow in their personal and professional lives - the constant comparison subjects us to a sense of restlessness and anxiety. 

    In Edward’s view, anxiety started with the LSAT. When you realize that you are not the only smart person in the room. For perhaps the first time, you will experience the feeling that you should be doing more - the need to go above and beyond. This is normal. And this is called anxiety.

    During his law school years in the UK, Edward developed 3 approaches to managing his anxiety:

    (1) Create timelines. And keep in mind that everyone moves at their own pace.

    (2) Be methodical. Use a pen and paper. Because the act of writing it down physically makes it easier to visualize your goal and stick to your vision.

    (3) Keep it simple. When you have a lot of things happening all at once, describing things in everyday language will help keep you from losing sight of the task at hand, and will help you correlate those tasks to your life.

    Lastly, if Edward could go back and record a message to himself before he started law school, he would say: “You’re on your way and if you follow your instincts, you will get to where you want to be.”

    • 27 min
    Episode 3 - Professor Thomas Telfer (Western University of Law)

    Episode 3 - Professor Thomas Telfer (Western University of Law)

    We were honoured to have Professor Thomas Telfer chat with us about his experiences and teachings on the topic of anxiety and mindfulness.

    As a member of The Faculty of Law at Western University, his research and teaching interests include bankruptcy law, contract law, and mindfulness. He is a frequent speaker on mental health issues and mindfulness and began offering a non-credit mindfulness course for first-year law students in 2017.

    • 19 min

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