36 episodes

A podcast for junior lawyers, law students, and senior lawyers wanting to rethink the practice of law. Host Katie seeks out guests with a wide range of perspectives and interviews them about how they work, what works for them, and ways the industry might transform for the better. Warning: sometimes there will be jokes.

The New Lawyer Podcast Katie Cowan - Symphony Law

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    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

A podcast for junior lawyers, law students, and senior lawyers wanting to rethink the practice of law. Host Katie seeks out guests with a wide range of perspectives and interviews them about how they work, what works for them, and ways the industry might transform for the better. Warning: sometimes there will be jokes.

    Amanda Smidt from the Career Development Company talks how to make career decisions, what comes before editing your CV, and how wellbeing integrates with your work life

    Amanda Smidt from the Career Development Company talks how to make career decisions, what comes before editing your CV, and how wellbeing integrates with your work life

    Amanda Smidt is a careers practitioner at the Career Development Company and spends her work life shepherding others to authentic and sustainable career decisions.  She loves crossroads conversations almost as much as me.   We discussed her career, how she leads career conversations with her clients, and the best work you can do to find the best work situation for yourself.  

    • 57 min
    Damian Hanna talks legal recruitment, career flexibility, and not waiting for burnout to change course

    Damian Hanna talks legal recruitment, career flexibility, and not waiting for burnout to change course

    In this episode I talked with Damian Hanna, a long time specialist in legal recruitment in New Zealand, about how he does his work, how he sees the landscape of legal recruitment, and what he loves to find in a job candidate.  

    • 50 min
    Special episode - Katie and Cassandra discuss life and lawyering in Covid times

    Special episode - Katie and Cassandra discuss life and lawyering in Covid times

    In this episode host Katie and returning guest Cassandra offer company to you listeners as we all try to figure out what all this means and how to handle life and legal practice during Covid times.

    • 29 min
    Sarah talks networking that feels good, finding your fit in Australia or New Zealand, and law adjacent careers

    Sarah talks networking that feels good, finding your fit in Australia or New Zealand, and law adjacent careers

    In this episode I chat with Sarah Alderson from PocketLegal about her ten years in practice in New Zealand and Australia, including how she went about finding jobs throughout, leading to her recent move to establish her CPD and networking business. It was so lovely to talk about finding fit and non-formulaic ways through one's career, and how she is going about improving the experience of legal practice for New Zealand lawyers now.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Sacha Judd talks technology law, non-linear career choices, and the systemic nature of legal culture

    Sacha Judd talks technology law, non-linear career choices, and the systemic nature of legal culture

    In this episode Sacha Judd, a lawyer for 20 years turned innovation and technology advisor, talks technology law, non-linear career choices, and the systemic nature of legal culture, not to mention practice in Hong Kong and Singapore, study at LSE, and partnership at 32.  No introduction needed!

    • 53 min
    Cassandra talks junior barristership, animal law and networking without networking

    Cassandra talks junior barristership, animal law and networking without networking

    In this episode I spoke to Cassandra Kenworthy, a junior barrister from Wellington, about almost everything in the world.  We went from her science background to how she found law to academic writing to animal law to participation in legal profession groups to practising with a chronic illness to networking without networking to all kinds of other things.  I'm such a fan.  

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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Love this podcast. As a fourth year law student at Auckland uni, every episode is filled with useful gems for the future. Favourite aspects of the podcast = the insights into the elusive world of what practicing law is actually like + the important discussions about diversity in the workplace and mental health + the spectrum of different guests interviewed.

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