February 07, 2011 ABA Journal Podcast

These Lawyers Still Love Law Practice. Find Out Why

By Stephanie Francis Ward

Many lawyers are unhappy with their chosen profession, and the economy certainly isn’t helping.  But despite the struggles many are having with law practice and a fast-changing legal industry, there are still more than a few attorneys who love what they do, and always have.

ABA Journal Podcast moderator Stephanie Francis Ward talked to some of them, and found out why. 

Also, don’t miss the related story from the February issue, “Why I Love Being a Lawyer (Seriously).”

Background music to the podcast is “Happiness” by Built to Spill, off their album Ancient Melodies of the Future.

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In This Podcast:

Lee Rawles
Evan R. Chesler is the presiding partner of New York’s Cravath, Swaine & Moore. The litigator’s clients include Morgan Stanley, Novartis and Qualcomm.

Edwin G. Johnson III graduated from Cooley Law School in 2009, at the age of 52. The former insurance and car salesman now has a sole criminal defense practice in Cassopolis, Mich.

Paul R. Kiesel is a name partner at Beverly Hills’ Kiesel Boucher & Larson. The plaintiffs firm served as liaison counsel for the 508 abuse cases brought against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The matter settled for $660 million in 2007.

Nancy Levit is co-author of The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law. She is a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Doug Linder is co-author of The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law. He is a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.