Episode 23 – Courage and Conviction in the Legal Industry with Stephen Keim SC
My guest in this week’s episode of The Happy Lawyer Happy Life podcast is a Brisbane Silk who’s experienced some extraordinarily difficult decisions in his career, and has had to stand by them. Stephen Keim came into the public eye when he represented Mohamed Haneef in 2007, and for a period he was a regular figure in the media. From there, he went on to be named ‘The Australian’s, Australian of the Year’ in 2007, and in 2009 he was awarded a Human Rights Medal by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
But that’s just one instance of courage in his long and brilliant career. Stephen is someone who strongly believes in following the right direction and making a positive impact. In my conversation with him, he shared his story and offered plenty of inspirational advice for lawyers at all stages of their careers.
We get into loads of great stuff in this episode, including…
- What Stephen would be doing if he weren’t a lawyer
- Getting joy from the actual process of applying law and order to the chaos of the legal industry
- The joys of being at the bar and what keeps Stephen passionate about his work
- The ups and downs of being a barrister
- Making decisions around family, time and work
- The methodology of dealing with the media and the pressures that come with that
- Stephen’s pro-bono work and the positive enjoyment he gets from doing that
- Connection with purpose in law land and how it results in happiness
- Stephen’s advice to young lawyers on taking the right steps to doing what you really want
- Stephen’s Happiness Challenge!