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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!

Aug 13, 2019

On Practicing While Female and the Impact on the Greater Legal Community with Michelle Browning Coughlin


On today’s show I have an important and inspiring conversation with IP attorney and Founder of Mothers Esquire Michelle Browning Coughlin. Being female in the law can be a battle, fortunately for me it has been an ‘easy’ path, but for many of us it can be a real struggle. Enter Michelle. Today, we talk about the state of women in the legal profession, Michelle’s thoughts on the Me Too movement, her advice on the tough conversations we need to be having, and how men should be involved too. This episode is less about women’s rights in the law and more about how caregivers fit in to the workplace. Hope you enjoy!


What you’ll learn: 


  • How MothersEsquire came to be
  • The biggest issues women face today
  • Why men should be involved in the conversation
  • The importance of the larger conversation, wellness




  1. How do you manage overwhelm?
  2. How do you prioritize your own happiness?
  3. A mindset shift that changed 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: On Instagram, How to handle awkward advances in the work environment, especially when there is alcohol involved.


Best Advice for Finding Happiness


“Lawyers that find purpose and meaning will be happy lawyers.”




Morning Meditations for Daily Magic, Audible

Michael Seely 

Unfinished Business by Anne Marie Slaughter

Why Women Can’t Have it All, 


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