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Young Lawyer Rising


Young Lawyer Rising covers issues pertinent to young lawyers, from newly minted attorneys to lawyers 10 years into practice and beyond. From dealing with the daily grind and career management to social issues and financial, mental, and physical wellness, this show features the voices of young lawyers from across the country sharing their stories and advice to help all lawyers navigate their careers and rise to where they want to be.

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Apr 20, 2023

Mastering Your Money: Financial Planning for Lawyers

Insights and Strategies for Achieving Financial Independence and Building Wealth as a Legal Professional

Mar 23, 2023

Building a Career you Love as a Young Lawyer

For young lawyers looking to start and build their career, there are several key factors to consider. From finding an area of law that interests you, to seeking out opportunities to gain...

Feb 16, 2023

Pro Bono: When to take a case, How to Get Involved, and Common Misconceptions

In this special episode of Young Lawyer Rising, host Montana Funk is joined by law firm owner and adjunct professor, Karen Lapekas, to discuss the ins and outs of pro bono work....

Jan 19, 2023

Seeking a Career in Public Interest and How to Stand Out

You want to help people, and you want to use the law to do it. More and more, public interest law has become a popular career path for young lawyers. But how...

Dec 22, 2022

Why Lawyer Mental Health and Wellness Matters

The demanding hours and stressful work environments of the legal industry can often have detrimental effects on lawyers and legal professionals. Mental health issues among lawyers are notoriously prevalent, as are suicide, substance...

Nov 25, 2022

Some Advice to the New, or Soon to be Lawyer

Tips to jump start your legal career, Ways to stand out in the workplace, and How to balance expectations after coming out of law school and entering the legal profession

Oct 20, 2022

Breaking Barriers: Women in Criminal Law

Women in the criminal justice system continue to face a number of different challenges and career barriers; especially as it relates to hiring, retention, and promotion. So, why are women lawyers underrepresented in...

Sep 22, 2022

Top Tips for Young Lawyers: How to Survive and Thrive in Your Legal Career

Are you a fresh grad about to start working as a lawyer, or a relatively junior lawyer still figuring things out? The road to becoming a lawyer certainly isn’t an easy one; and the...

Sep 22, 2022

The Need to Support Law Students and Lawyers with Disabilities

How can the legal profession be more supportive of law students and lawyers with disabilities? In a profession already marked by the hypercompetitive pursuit of performance and achievement, young lawyers often face...

Feb 7, 2022

Offsetting the Financial Effects of Inflation

How to weather whatever the markets throw at you - including inflation

Jan 3, 2022

The Criminal Justice System

Exploring the criminal justice system from the perspective of lawyers of color.

Nov 15, 2021

Happy Credit, Happy Life!

Knowing the credit card game and when to borrow is key to living the good life.

Oct 11, 2021

What I Wish I’d Known

Those first years in law practice can be turbulent. Tune in to hear wisdom from valuable lessons learned.

Sep 15, 2021

Season 2 Trailer

An announcement about the upcoming season two.

Aug 9, 2021

Legal Education

Is your legal education still impacting your career? The inputs can affect the outputs.

Jul 14, 2021

Financial Wellness (Part 2)

Our friendly-smart conversation about financial health continues.

Jul 14, 2021

Financial Wellness (Part 1)

A friendly-smart conversation about financial health throughout your career.

Jun 14, 2021

Tech Fiction’s Future Law (Part 2)

Can the criminal justice system put our fate in the hands of artificial intelligence?

Jun 14, 2021

Tech Fiction’s Future Law (Part 1)

Can predictive algorithms predict a person’s likelihood for breaking the law?

May 17, 2021

Racism in the Legal Profession

Personal accounts of racial inequality in the legal profession and what we can do about it.

Apr 12, 2021


What can we learn from the pandemic to advance ourselves and our careers?

Apr 12, 2021


Toxic people can be a danger to your career. What is the best way to handle them?

Apr 6, 2021


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Julie Merow

Julie Merow is a public finance attorney at Jackson Kelly PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia.  Julie grew...

Montana Funk

Montana Funk is a criminal defense attorney in Billings, Montana. Montana grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba where...

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