Many of us lawyers didn't have it all figured out from the start. It takes time to find your way in law. This podcast sheds light on some of the challenges people face in the earliest part of building their careers. Each week, Anjie Vichayanonda, a first-generation Asian-American Lawyer and CEO/Founder of Leg Up Legal, sits down with members of the legal profession to chat about the paths they took to get where they are now, including the times they stumbled, the times they fell, and the times they needed a little help. To encourage candor, the attorney guests remain nameless, but their stories are laid bare.
Series 2, Episode 6: Interning in South Korea, Working In-house in Healthcare, and Becoming a Life Coach
This week's guest is a full-time lawyer and life coach. She went to a T-14 law school admittedly to make money, but quickly found out that her path would not be an easy one. After graduating law school and having difficulty finding her first job and struggling with her own health, she decided to get certified in personal training and became a fitness coach while working in a fellowship. I can't wait for you to learn her lessons of perseverance as she charts her own untraditional path.
Series 2, Episode 5: From Humble Beginnings to Making Six-Figures as a Commercial Litigator at a Mid-size Litigation Boutique
Today's guest started off with humbly, and earned her way into a competitive commercial litigation boutique. She had limited funds and had difficulty applying to law school. She discusses attending a low-ranked law school, and her challenges getting her first job. With hard work she found a passion in litigation and found her way into a competitive commercial litigation boutique. Hear her frank words on how to find your first legal job and how to survive law school when the odds are against you.
Series 2, Episode 4: Tenacity, Taking Risks, and Tax Law
This week, I'm sitting down with a tax attorney who found herself going to a law school that she didn't ever apply to due to some unforeseen circumstances. After believing that she would be hired by her mentor at a large law firm after law school, she received tough advice from her mentor that ultimately led her to land a job with a solo practitioner. They grew their practice to be the third largest in their niche in the country and eventually he invited her to be his business partner.
Series 2, Episode 3: Juggling Multiple In-House Roles, Professional Conflicts, and Divorce
This week's guest gets up close and personal with us about the struggles of balancing her career with an abusive relationship, divorce, and a professional conflict at work. She was able to gain tons of skills early on in her career from sampling many different in-house roles, but her greatest challenges came from people problems at work and at home. There's no way for me to express how thankful I am that she was willing to discuss these tough issues.
Series 2, Episode 2: From Law School to BigLaw to the SEC with Twins in Tow
Today's guest had two major surprises while attending Columbia Law School. She found out she was pregnant with twins in her 2L year. Thankfully, she had a strong support system of family and friends that helped her finish law school and land a job in BigLaw in litigation. She juggled work and single parenting for eight years in BigLaw before transitioning to a role in the investigations department of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Eventually, she left to become an accredited Financial Counselor.
Series 2, Episode 1: Sports Law and Charting Your Own Path
We are so excited to kick off Season 2 of The Law Lives Project! Our very first guest of the season is an attorney who has truly charted her own path focused on sports and entertainment law. She snagged several sports-related internships in law school, despite struggling with some personal challenges. Early in her career, she realized the importance of finding an employer who shares her values so she has spent time exploring different roles to design a career which aligns with her passions and beliefs.