Episode 41 – Julia Jasper on how life as a Criminal Defence Lawyer has brought her purpose, challenge and happiness
Criminal lawyer Julia Jasper joins me for a chat in this episode. We met 2 years ago as we were against each other in a child protection matter, and she really impressed me with her work. As I haven’t had many criminal lawyers on this show, I wanted to have a conversation with her to learn about what life’s like in the criminal world as a defence council. We talked about how Julia came to private practice ‘later in life’ after a very successful career in the Federal Police as an investigative Accountant.
The amount of time, energy and depth in what she does in delivering her services shows her great care she has for her clients. Julia is a fierce advocate in a beautifully subtle way and gives us some insight into being a ‘happy’ criminal lawyer (as strange as that sounds!), the advantages of pursuing criminal law and strategies to set accessibility boundaries with clients.
Julia is a delight- such a fun person to hang out with and someone with so much to share when it comes to finding your place in Law.
We get into all of that and more, including…
- The limited career options that clever students are pushed towards in school
- Why pursuing what is most interesting or fulfilling to you will lead you to where you are meant to be
- The concept that nothing, experience or previous careers, is wasted
- Ironically why criminal law clients seem to be more accepting of advice than family law clients
- Taking a leap of faith to go back to the beginning for a new career
- How to build trust with clients to get them to divulge key pieces of information
- Self-care for revolting and challenging criminal cases
- Day-to-day life for a criminal court lawyer
- Why there are not as many criminal lawyers out there
- Struggling with the reputation of being a criminal defence lawyer