Episode 2

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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%.

 

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Episode 3

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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. 


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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). 

 

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 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 roles. 

 

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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.

 

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 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.
 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.