Gettin' Legal With It is a podcast by young lawyers for young lawyers. Created by the Colorado Bar Associations Young Lawyer Division, and hosted by CBA YLD Executive Council Member Kevin Cheney, the podcast will interview a new guest roughly twice a month. Join Kevin as he discusses what it means to be a young lawyer, different practice areas, and different ways young lawyers can get involved in various legal organizations. So if you are a young lawyer, law student, or even a young-at-heart lawyer who enjoys discussions about getting jobs, dealing with difficult bosses, practice pointers, and even discussing how to keep healthy and well while working in the legal field, Gettin' Legal With It is the podcast for you!
Host Kevin Cheney of Cheney Galluzzi & Howard speaks with Denver personal injury attorney, Jennifer Chamberlain of Bowman & Chamberlain, LLC. Jennifer discusses how she got started as an attorney, the value of support networks such as the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the Women's Trial Network and establishing a law firm. Find out what motivates her to take cases, what it's like to be a young lawyer and the ins and outs of a personal injury practice.
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Is it okay to get to law school and not really have a
direction? It is. Todd Rogers, Assistant Dean for Career Development at
Colorado University, did everything he thought he was supposed to do in law school only to discover that he wasn’t on the right path. After switching gears
as a 3L, he figured it out. Todd talks about the importance of pre-graduation
work experience, important things to know about the legal market post Great Recession,
the reliance of the Rocky Mountain Region, what’s on the horizon for law
students, and how to get a job.
Todd Rogers has led the Colorado
Law Career Development Office (CDO) for over eight years. In that time, through
the coordinated efforts of students, alumni, faculty, and staff, Colorado Law's percentage of graduates employed in full-time, year or more JD required or
preferred positions has improved by over 30%.
Find out more about Todd Rogers
Christina Brown discovered in law school that she wanted to
work in the removal defense field of immigration law. Specifically, she wanted
to concentrate on the humanitarian work within immigration. Helping asylum seekers,
victims of violence and persecution, and obtaining V Visas and U Visas – this
is where she found her passion. Problem was, many firms do not want to take on
this type of work. So, Christina founded The Law Office of Christina Brown LLC.
They warned her that the practice she envisioned would not be successful, they
were wrong. Find out what’s involved in a typical immigration case and what it
takes to prepare yourself and your client for an asylum trial.
Find out more about Christina Brown
There are so many constructs of law school that weigh on
students’ mental health. That is why Johnnie Nguyen and his fellow council
members voted unanimously to make mental health their primary policy issue for
the 2019-20 year. Johnnie is the first Coloradan elected chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Student Council where he represents the interests of more
than 120,000 law students from the nation’s 204 ABA-accredited law schools. Johnnie
and host Kevin Cheney discuss the value of the ABA’s Young Lawyer Division, how to navigate
law school while connecting with mentors and juggling responsibilities, and
what it is like to be a first-generation law student at the University of
Colorado Law School (’21).
Find out more about Johnnie Nguyen
Why is reaching out to potential mentors so intimidating? J.
Ryann Peyton is the Executive Director of the Colorado Attorney Mentoring
Program (CAMP). CAMP helps Colorado’s lawyers find their people, their place,
and their purpose in the Colorado legal community by connecting folks with mentors, coaches, and other professional development opportunities so that they
can find who they are and where they want to be in their profession. Law
students are eligible as are attorneys currently practicing in other states with
the intention of relocating to Colorado.
Ryann discusses her path through the legal profession, her
work with CBA’s YLD, and CBA’s efforts to bolster Diversity & Inclusion in leadership
Find out more about J. Ryann Peyton
Find out more about the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program
A career is rarely a straight line. It’s okay to not have a master plan. Be flexible and don’t fear making changes. Honorable S. Kato Crews is a Magistrate Judge with the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, appointed by the District Judges in August 2018. Tune in to find out how he got there and some of the lessons he learned along the way. Throughout his career, Judge Crews has sought- out meaningful ways to impact the community. He has served on the board of directors of numerous non-profit organizations and regularly makes himself an available resource to students for mentoring and guidance.
Find out more about Judge S. Kato Crews
We’re back from our short hiatus with a real truth teller. Jay
Kamlet is part of a new breed of real estate lawyers. Throughout his career, he
has engineered $15 billion worth of property negotiation in Colorado and nationwide.
But it wasn’t easy to get there. A common theme of our show is that careers are
rarely a straight line. Jay Kamlet describes how he got established, navigating
multiple economic downturns including the Great Recession, and weathering the
drastic fluctuations the Denver real estate market has experienced in the last
30 years. And he reminds us that it’s never too late to switch directions and “re-market
Family law can be a challenging practice area with a high emotional toll, but also much emotional reward. Danaé Woody didn’t set out to become a practicing lawyer. She was fascinated by the academics of law and recognized how much a person can do with a law degree. But she figured out what worked for her. Now she owns her own practice, Woody Law Firm, LLC, where she focuses on family law. She was recently the past Chair of CBA’s Young Lawyer’s Division. Find out how she got where she is and her advice for young lawyers.