Divorces don't have winners or losers. They're messy disputes over assets and kids. The lawyers who handle them? Many just want to help their clients move on with their lives as quickly as possible.
When Gabriel Cheong—owner of a small family law firm in Boston—graduated from Northeastern Law School at the start of the Great Recession, his back was against the wall. Today he's proven that he can build a sustainable business by putting client needs first. In this episode, Gabriel explains how his use of technology and fixed fees maximizes time spent on his clients' legal dilemmas.
Gabriel’s practice does not reflect what you see on Law & Order. He devotes most of his time to paperwork rather than arguing in court. He mixes traditional litigation with mediation, conciliation, and guardian ad litem. With this kind of work, Gabriel experiences emotional ups and downs. Yet he observes that they’re two sides of the same coin. After all, his job is to help clients whose lives are being torn apart.
This episode is hosted by Aaron Taylor, a law professor at St. Louis University.
I Am The Law is the inaugural podcast produced by Law School Transparency for LST Radio.
In the introductory episode, LST's executive director (Kyle McEntee) outlines why LST decided to venture into public radio. He'll interview legal education leaders and others about why the show is important for the legal profession and those seeking to join it.
LST's mission is to make entry to the legal profession more transparent, affordable, and fair. We have thus far focused on the statistical side of choosing whether and where to go to law school -- check out the LST Reports here. But statistics only tell part of the story. Students need to know what law jobs are really like when deciding to make the significant and important decision to join the legal profession. Unfortunately, the legal profession can be a bit of a black box.
Enter I Am The Law. Each episode of IATL (after this one!) will profile a different law school graduate. Every week, we'll ask probing questions that reveal what the practice of law is really like. We'll interview public defenders, prosecutors, corporate attorneys, e-Discovery specialists, and more.
As a result, listeners will be better equipped to make more informed career decisions.
Tune in on January 19, 2015 for the first informational interview with Gabriel Cheong, a family law attorney in Boston, Massachusetts.