AABANY is proud to launch its official podcast series, The Whole Lawyer Project, hosted by Jane Jeong, which showcases Asian American attorneys and leaders throughout the nation and the human stories behind their success.
Most recently, Jane shared her story with Law360, in an article entitled The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey (subscription required). In a heartfelt account, Jane opened up about mental health and wellness issues in Big Law — including her personal experiences with the pressures of the industry, the costs of perfectionism, reaching an emotional breaking point and, as a potential blueprint for others, how she has set boundaries and made changes to her daily routine to take care of herself. “I conflated sacrifice with success and exhaustion with excellence. I just continued to reach and reach — demanding that I become the perfect attorney I knew I was not, waiting for the day I could finally stop acting and just be,” she writes.
Together with Jane, AABANY is proud to further explore the human side of lawyering in The Whole Lawyer Project. The inaugural episodes of the podcast, which feature immediate past AABANY President Brian Song and AboveTheLaw Founder, David Lat, can be found under the tab for The Whole Lawyer Project on the AABANY blog. It can also be found on Spotify and iTunes. For anyone hoping to gain further insight into the human stories behind our external success, it is well worth a listen.
We are excited to present to you AABANY’s The Whole Lawyer Project, which highlights Asian American attorneys and leaders throughout the nation and the human stories behind their success. Today, I am happy to introduce David Lat, the founding editor of Above the Law, as well as a legal recruiter at Lateral Link. Before launching Above the Law, David attended Harvard College and Yale Law School. After law school, he worked as a law clerk for a federal appeals judge, an associate at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
On this episode, David shares his storied journey from an Assistant U.S. Attorney to legal blogger, his experience managing traditional Asian parental expectations when leaving the law, his advice for any lawyer who wants to explore their creative pursuits (tip: carve out the time and have an accountability buddy), and his advice for anyone who is thinking of entering (or leaving!) the legal profession. You can check out David’s latest brainchild at https://davidlat.substack.com/.
Jean Lee has made AABANY proud. Read Above the Law’s article on “What Being a Lawyer Means to Jean Lee.” As a role model and trailblazer, Jean is sure to do well in her new role as President and CEO of Minority Corporate Counsel Association and we wish her luck.
Check out all these news outlets sharing the good news about the next step in her journey:
We want to invite you out for a night of drinking and yelling that we’re hosting alongside our bros at Dealbreaker.
Joining Dealbreaker’s Thornton McEnery and Above the Law’s Elie Mystal on the panel will be Cornell Law School professor Robert Hockett and Reuters’ hedge fund reporter Lawrence Delevigne. Come drink and bitch and moan about the vague and irrational threats being thrown at Wall Street by the menagerie of candidates currently running. Think of it as a boozy safe place to defend your role in the destruction of America. And tell your friends! Tickets are $10.
On October 2nd, 2015, Above the Law will host its inaugural Academy for Private Practice conference at the Westin Times Square in New York City.
A full-day conference, APP will offer practical solutions and expert insight on meeting the challenges of starting and optimizing a solo or small firm practice. Whether you are a Biglaw attorney seeking to break out, an entrepreneurial solo looking to innovate and grow, or a law student aiming to bring value to potential employers, this event is for you.
From the outset, attorneys striking out on their own face an array of urgent questions. APP attendees will learn how to reengineer workflows to avoid time consuming and duplicative tasks so they can focus on what actually matters: client service and business development.
What you can expect:
Keynote speakers include Ed Waters, CEO of Fastcase and Monica Bay, journalist, lawyer and consultant
Expert insight on how to best leverage technology to automate and streamline your processes to increase profitability, improve client relations, and decrease stress
Interactive workshops that combine case studies and practical tips on blogging for business, financing, cybersecurity, eDiscovery, technology integration, research resources, and more
Panels with experienced authorities such as Carolyn Elefant, Jeff Bennion, Niki Black, Gaston Kroub, and Nicole Bradick focused on business development, maximizing resources, and workflow in the cloud
On October 2nd, 2015, Above the Law will host its inaugural Academy for Private Practice, a full-day conference offering practical solutions and expert insight on meeting the challenges of starting and optimizing a small law firm practice. The APP conference is designed for current small law practitioners looking to innovate and grow, as well as Biglaw attorneys aspiring to strike out on their own. Entrepreneurial law students aiming to bring value to potential employers are also welcome. The conference programming combines panel discussions and breakout sessions on subjects ranging from cybersecurity to marketing, all for CLE credit. Lunch will be served and the day will conclude with a networking cocktail reception.
Expert insight and practical solutions for small firm practice
Networking with peers over lunch and at our cocktail reception
Free CLE credit
Who should attend?
Biglaw attorneys aspiring to strike out on their own
Small law practitioners looking to innovate and grow
Entrepreneurial law students aiming to bring value to potential employers
Apply today to participate in the ATL and Morrison & Foerster Effective Communication Challenge, an innovative law student competition hosted by BARBRI.
Law students, take advantage of this free event on Friday, April 10, 8:30am-4:30pm hosted by everybody’s favorite legal blog, Above the Law! Basically, the challenge consists of law student teams working with attorneys from Morrison & Foerster in a pitch competition, judged by MoFo and BARBRI executive vice president Dan Schoepf.
In the words of ATL, “Come learn from BARBRI and work with MoFo attorneys so you can stop sucking at communication. ATL’s own Elie Mystal will be there to entertain you, and pretend he knows how to do this best.”
No cost to law students. No need to assemble teams.
On March 18, 2015 in New York City, Above the Law will host CONVERGE — a conference designed for attorneys as well as law firm communications, marketing, business development, public relations, and technology professionals.
CONVERGE will feature a series of panel discussions on a full range of challenges and opportunities facing the legal industry, including:
emerging technical trends
Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media Group, will deliver the opening remarks for the conference. Panels will be CLE-accredited by Marino Legal and CONVERGE’s continental breakfast and luncheon will offer a great opportunity to network with other attendees.
We are proud to co-sponsor this event, and happy to share a 15% discount code for all AABANY members. Early Bird prices last until Feb. 13. To register, please click here.
For 15% off registration, please use Promo Code: AABANY15 on EventBrite.
We look forward to converging on the intersection of technology, digital technology, and the practice of law!
How can you write a novel while holding down a demanding day job as a lawyer? How can women and minority lawyers position themselves for success in Biglaw? Author Helen Wan shares her insights.
We are pleased to announce that Helen Wan will be joining AABANY as a special guest speaker during the luncheon held at the 5th Annual Fall Conference, taking place at Morgan Lewis. We hope our attendees will take the opportunity to meet Helen and pick up a copy of her book, now out in paperback.