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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!

Feb 28, 2019

If you guys are anything like me you love checklists, processes, and alll the things that let you know what your future looks like. It can be a challenge for us as lawyers to move forward when we are unsure that we are taking the right steps or not certain on how things will turn out. Today I chat with Marni Blank about her journey from practicing attorney to CEO of Blank Studio NYC, a photo studio and creative space, in New York. At the end of the day all we can do is trust our intuition and know that in the end all the pieces will fall into the place. Marni’s story is proof of just that.


What you’ll learn:


  • Marni’s journey in the law
  • How Blank Studio came to be
  • What the transition looked like from employee to owner
  • The day in the life of a CEO
  • 3 major struggles Marni experienced throughout her transition
  • How to manage payroll as an owner
  • Practical tips to living a happier life today




  1. How do you deal with your fear of failure?
  2. How do you prioritize your own happiness?
  3. What is a mindset shift that transformed your life?
  4. Name a book that has inspired your journey.
  5. What do you think separates lawyers who are happy to lawyers who struggle to find happiness in life with a law degree?


Fan Question: @legallyjasmine on Instagram asks, Hiring you get help within your business so you can focus on your strength?


Best Advice for Finding Happiness


“Listening to your intuition and what makes you happy, and knowing when it’s time to switch things up.”


“A willingness to seek help. If you are willing to seek out therapy or coaching or someone to talk through an issue you are having...if you can seek that extra support [that] is essential.”





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