Episode 31 – Resilience and Diversity in the Legal Industry with Ann-Maree David
In this week’s episode of The Happy Lawyer Happy Life podcast, I had the chance to interview one of my all-time heroines – Ann-Maree David. Ann-Maree is an amazing mentor of mine, and has constantly been so generous with her time and advice. Her current roles as Director of The College of Law (the show’s sponsors!) and President of the Australian Women Lawyer’s Association mean she has some fascinating insights into law land that I’m sure you’re going to get a lot out of.
Ann-Maree is also a massive advocate for wellness and resilience. From her platform, she offers so much support to everyone in law who reaches out to her, particularly those of us pushing boundaries and trying to innovate and change.
In this episode, she shares her story with me, her tips for lawyers and students of law alike, plus all of this stuff too:
- The importance of diversity and eclectic experience in your career in the legal industry, and how it can help you to better understand your clients
- Why so many law graduates leave the legal profession
- The many different ways that you can be a lawyer, and how women in the industry are leading the charge
- The problem with the competitive nature that is inherent in the legal profession
- Why resilience has become such a focal point in legal education
- Why client care is becoming an increasingly important facet of working in the legal industry
- The changes Ann-Maree thinks are necessary in undergraduate law degrees
- The commercial realities of the legal industry, and the need for young lawyers to acclimatise themselves to that
- Ann-Maree’s tips for staying healthy and optimistic
- Why Ann-Maree places so much value in networking – not just for your career but for your happiness too
- Tips on how you can find the right mentor for you
- Ann-Maree’s Happiness Challenge!