Colson Hicks Eidson partner Julie Braman Kane just finished an interview with the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar. In her interview, she talked about her family, her efforts to be a leader in the Florida legal community, and what she has learned about growing into the best legal professional she can be. So what wisdom did Julie have for those young professionals straight out of law school?
Four Things Young Lawyers Need To Know
- Can you “have it all”? The media has painted an unrealistic picture of what having “it all” means, and this fantasy is unattainable in today’s world. This lofty and unattainable benchmark has become a great source of guilt, especially for the women of this profession, but there are only so many hours in the day.
- What does “having it all” really mean? Happiness is the real “having it all.” Julie feels that she has really accomplished “it all” when her children, husband, clients and colleagues are happy. No one can really ask you for more than that.
- What can you do to make starting your career easier? Finishing school can bring with it a fear of failure and ignorance, and it can take a long time to get over this stumbling block. In her interview, Julie admits that she wishes she had embraced the process of learning more during the early part of her career. Luckily, she was surrounded by some of the country’s greatest legal minds, and through participation in the legal community and professional organizations, she conquered that initial fear young lawyers often feel.
- How do you balance your career and personal life? Finding that balance can be impossible sometimes, but Julie has a way of looking at this problem that could help young lawyers find their footing. Make your priorities, make time for what is really important, and as Julie says, “Do what you can, when you can, and live in the moment.” It’s a piece of advice she holds in the highest regard.