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RL 102: Janine Sickmeyer — Mindfulness from the Female CEO of a Legal Tech Startup

In this episode, I am excited to have Janine Sickmeyer on to talk about her journey in starting her legal tech business and the importance of mindfulness and wellness for her and her team. Janine is the CEO and Founder of NextChapter, a web application for attorneys to prepare, manage and file their bankruptcy cases online. Janine is particularly fascinated in the intersection between law and technology, and is passionate about sharing her story with female entrepreneurs and business...


RL 101: Jane Springer — Physical Health for the Modern Woman Lawyer

In this episode, I am excited to have Jane Springer on to talk about physical and mental health for the modern woman lawyer. Jane is a Certified Life, Wellness and Style Coach who works primarily with women lawyers who are struggling with their weight due to stress eating. She helps them manage the stress and the eating by teaching them tools that change the way they think so that they can have more energy, lose weight, and have a calmer mind. Jane also serves on the Florida Bar Mental...


RL 100: Joan Williams — Implicit Bias in the Workplace

In this episode I am excited to have Joan Williams on to talk about gender and race, and how they play out in the workplace through her new "Bias at Work" survey. Joan is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings. Her path-breaking work helped create the field of work-family studies and modern workplace flexibility policies. She has been studying the legal profession and how to improve it for...


RL 99: Billie Tarascio — Operating a Law Firm That Values Wellness

In this episode, I am excited to have Billie Tarascio on to talk about starting and operating a law firm that focuses on putting a wellness culture first. Billie is a family law attorney and the owner of Modern Law and Modern Law Practice, LLC in Phoenix, Arizona. Modern Law has been recognized as one of the fastest growing and culture-forward firms in the country through it's focus on employee wellness and whole health. She is a mother of four, a yoga and mind enthusiast, and the author of...


RL 98: Robyn Pollack — Diversity and Inclusion From the Top Down

In this episode I am excited to have Robyn Pollack on to talk about the implementation and practice of diversity and inclusion, and treating it not as something we have to correct or fix, but rather who we are and our daily mission. Robyn Pollack is CEO and Founder of Trellis Consulting LLC. A business strategist with an expertise in diversity and inclusion, Robyn increases financial return by teaching organizations to leverage their D&I initiatives more effectively. She was a restructuring...


[Bonus Episode] Navigating Life Transitions With Ease

In this bonus episode, I am excited to have Laura Mahr (The Resilient Lawyer episode 83) back on to talk about how to successfully transition, whether it be transitioning to another career from law, to a different field of law, or a personal transition. Are you going through a personal or professional transition? Considering a career change but aren't sure where or how to start? If you've been neglecting that inner voice nudging you to look at your life and to try something different but...


RL 97: Karen Fleshman — Racy Conversations: The Anti-Racist Movement

In this episode, I am excited to have Karen Fleshman on to talk about a different view of racism and the immediacy of the call to action she aims to instill in the future generations. Karen Fleshman is an attorney, activist, and a nationally recognized expert on racism, workplace fair practices, and police brutality. Her recent video plea to white women to stop calling cops on people of color went viral, with over 4.2 million views. In 2014 Karen founded Racy Conversations, a training...


RL 96: Donna Branca — The Journey of Meditation and Mindfulness

In this episode, I am excited to have Donna Branca on to talk about meditation and mindfulness in the legal profession. After 13 years spent at Blank Rome as their Director of Talent Management, Donna Branca left to further develop her leadership and coaching skills. Given her extensive experience in coaching and leadership, as well as her institutional knowledge of the firm, Donna returned to Blank Rome four and a half later as the Director of Strategic Leadership. She works to help the...


RL 95: Leslie Wallis — Learning to Recognize, Feel, and Deal With the Secondary Trauma Attorneys Can Face

In this episode, I am excited to have Leslie Wallis on to discuss the benefits of compassion, care, listening while seeing, and recognizing secondary trauma that comes with the career. Leslie Wallis is a shareholder at Ogletree Deakins, where she provides advice and counsel, training, and litigates employment-related matters. Before entering the legal arena, Leslie was a professional ballet dancer. Now she works with individuals and companies as a mindfulness facilitator and speaks about...


RL 94: Michelle Wimes —Diversity and Inclusion: What Does Your Diversity Story Look Like?

In this episode, I am excited to have Michelle Wimes on to talk about Diversity and Inclusion and the importance of sharing your diversity story. Michelle Wimes serves as the Chief Diversity and Professional Development Officer at one of the nation's largest labor and employment law firms. In her role, Michelle leads the firm's efforts to attract, develop, and advance a diverse group of attorneys across the firm's national platform. Additionally, Michelle leads the firm's attorney training...


RL 93: Jared Correia — Business Management: Looking at the Modern Day Lawyer Through an Entrepreneurial Lens

In this episode, I am excited to have Jared Correia on to talk about looking at our law firms from the business aspect and how to grow them without driving ourselves insane. Jared Correia is the CEO of Red Cave Law Firm Consulting. A former practicing attorney, Jared has been advising lawyers and law firms for over a decade. He is a regular presenter at local, regional and national events, and he regularly contributes to legal publications, including his columns for Attorney at Work and...


RL 92: Demetria Johnson — Diversity & Inclusion without Shame, Blame, or Attack

In this episode, I am excited to have Demetria Johnson on to talk about diversity and evolving the talent pool. Demetria Johnson is a diversity professional with expertise in global and U.S. diversity and inclusion initiatives, women's initiatives, and talent strategy. As a pioneer in the legal community, she has served in numerous leadership roles with notable legal organizations such as The Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals, NALP, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and...


[Bonus Episode] Loneliness

Hello! A short request for listener feedback. Doing a podcast can feel very lonely, like speaking into the void. Yet, there were almost 7,000 of you that listened last month! (Wow!) Please drop me an email and let me know what conversations you're wanting to hear. What "necessary conversations" aren't being had? Email: or use the form in this link:


RL 91: Kori Carew — Mindful Interactions: Achieving a Higher Level of Listening

In this episode, I am excited to have Kori Carew on to talk about awareness of how we interact with each other and the side effects of inactive interactions. Kori Carew is a community builder who generates awareness and understanding of critical human issues by creating the space for open dialogue that enables people to expand their perspective and drive positive change. She is a disruptor and social justice advocate that brings a keen sensitivity to belonging and inclusion across...


RL 90: Megan Boyd — Placing Your Mental Health First and Transitioning From Law

In this episode, I am excited to have Megan Boyd on to talk about what transitioning into a new career from law looks like. Megan Boyd is a lecturer at Georgia State University College of Law. Before entering academia, Megan served as a law clerk and practiced law at a mid-sized firm, where she did insurance coverage and bad faith work as co-chairperson of the firm's appellate practice group. She has written numerous articles about legal writing and is a frequent speaker on that topic at...


RL 89: Dr. Kimberly Jarvis— Career Transition: Opening the Internal Dialogue and Assessing Your Happiness

In this episode, I am excited to have Dr. Kimberly Jarvis on to talk about career transition: opening up that internal dialogue and finding those next steps. Dr. Kimberly Jarvis is the CEO and Founder of All Career Matters, a consulting firm focused on leadership and team development. Kimberly has over 20 years' experience in career and leadership development coaching with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds and industries. Leveraging her leadership experience in several...


[Bonus Episode] Having Necessary Conversations

Hello! A short request for listener feedback. Doing a podcast can feel very lonely, like speaking into the void. Yet, there were almost 7,000 of you that listened last month! (Wow!) Please drop me an email and let me know what conversations you're wanting to hear. What "necessary conversations" aren't being had? Email: or use the form in this link: Check out this episode!


[Bonus Episode] Mindful Pause - Working With Anxiety

We're launching Mindful Pause on June 4th. Join me for 31 days of mindfulness practice. For the first time ever, you'll get access to both the Mindful Pause program AND the Mindful Lawyers Community. Register over at Mindful Pause and use the discount code "Podcast50" to save $50 off of registration. You can find more information here:


RL 88: Nefra MacDonald— Emotional Awareness: Mindfulness' Secret Weapon to Psychological Health

In this episode, I am excited to have Nefra MacDonald on to talk about how awareness of one's emotions can revolutionize your presence and how you communicate with others. Nefra MacDonald is the Business Development and Strategic Partnership Coordinator at Rocket Matter. After working in various capacities at law firms, corporations, and non-profit organizations, she decided to use her experience to help address the pain points that practicing lawyers feel every day. She currently co-chairs...


[Bonus Episode] Guided Meditation: Drop In

How would you like to improve your legal practice and increase your well being, in only 6 minutes per day? I can show you how to build a more sustainable, peaceful and productive law practice with just a tiny investment of your time. I'm excited to introduce you to my new online course, "Mindful Pause: 6 Minutes to Better Lawyering." Learn more and register here. Who is Mindful Pause for? It's for lawyers who want to find a better way to create a more sustainable, joyful, and fulfilling...