Episode 166 – A day in the life of a criminal lawyer (and all the other stuff too) with Sarah Ford
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Ford who is a Criminal Lawyer here in Brisbane. It has been the month of women working in criminal law on this show- an area of law often not associated with women lawyers but as I learned from Melanie last week and Sarah this week- this is a space that is fast attracting many women lawyers.
Sarah is a powerhouse of energy- which was a good thing for me, as the afternoon we recorded this interview I was fast contemplating leaving the law again and opening that florist! She reminded me of the bits of law land that I enjoy and had me smiling along with her stories too. Sarah has also this past year shared her own story of freezing her eggs- like so many professional women she is balancing her desire to have children with building her career- Sarah explains her decision to freeze some eggs and what that involved (it was much more complex than I thought!)
Sarah is a happy lawyer and I find out just why- a focus on health, strong relationships and rituals that ensure she can separate her work life from her home life seem to be the key!
- If Sarah was not a lawyer she would have been an actor on ‘Home and Away’!
- In high school, Sarah decided on a legal career rather than a career in the performing arts.
- Sarah grew up in Lismore, only 20 minutes away from when I grew up in Northern NSW.
- Sarah’s father was also a lawyer so the law was always an attractive prospect.
- Studying a double degree in Journalism and Law.
- Sarah’s experience of living on campus during her University years.
- Sarah tells us how she came to love Criminal Law as she completed her practical subjects at Legal Aid.
- Court appearances have become a joy for Sarah (and in part because of the excuse to run into her colleagues in the city!)
- Sarah’s partner is a personal trainer and she has become an advocate for health and fitness.
- The emotional turmoil that Sarah has seen her clients get through and how she aims to help them through a difficult time.
- Creating boundaries with criminal law clients.
- Sarah’s perception of urgency in law land and how she manages outside expectations.
- Sarah tells us what it takes to become a good Criminal Lawyer.
- The perception of female criminal lawyers and the importance of ‘finding your tribe’.
- Sarah’s involvement with the Women Lawyers Association Queensland (WLAQ) and the support this network provides.
- Sarah is passionate about egg freezing and shares with us why she has started talking about this aspect of her personal life.
- The future for Sarah both in and outside of the law.
- Collegiality in Brisbane compared to other cities in Australia.
- Court appearance tips for us all!
- Sarah’s Happiness Tip.
Sit back and enjoy this interview with Sarah Ford