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The Happy Lawyer Project is an inspirational podcast for young lawyers looking to find happiness in life with a law degree. Each episode provides the tips, advice, encouragement and inspiration you need to craft a life and career you love. Welcome to the Happy Lawyer Project!

May 29, 2018

What do you think of when you think of innovation and the law? Do you feel like you have opportunities to innovate in your practice? Over the years I’ve learned that some of the happiest lawyers have chosen to get off the well-worn path and create a life within the law the suits their skills, passions and lifestyle. Today I chat with about how she is innovating through a general legal services practice that serves her clients and her own lifestyle needs.


What you’ll learn:

  • About making money from a practice in "cocktail law" 
  • How Melissa coped with failing the bar
  • How to structure a business that’s tailor made for your lifestyle
  • Things that you can learn from your clients
  • The importance of making work choices based on life choices
  • How to manage a workload that is fulfilling for you
  • How to set boundaries in your own small business
  • Why you need to define what “practicing law” means to you

Best Advice for Finding Happiness

“Happy lawyers have found a meaning and purpose within the field of law, and the people that struggle are just doing a job.”


“Happy lawyers manage to focus on doing as much as possible of the stuff that they like and are comfortable with letting go and trusting people with the stuff that they don’t like and aren’t good at.”




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