Finding your voice as a lawyer

06 January 2022 By Robyn Tongol

There are times, in the course of legal practice, where lawyers will have to push back against rudeness, aggression, combativeness or intimidation. Knowing how and when to push, without disadvantaging one’s clients, is a skill learned over time.

On this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, host Jerome Doraisamy welcomes back Executive Legal managing partner Jahan Kalantar, who recounts stories of pushing back against judicial officers, legal practitioners and clients where the moment calls for it due to perceived inappropriate behaviour or conduct. The pair talk about what it means to find one’s voice and stand up for one’s self in the context of day-to-day legal practice, how this has manifested for Jahan and what the consequences have been.

Mr Kalantar also details why finding one’s voice is so inextricably linked to one’s duties as a legal professional, how it makes one feel to stand up for one’s self, knowing when to take a stand, whether the mainstreaming of virtual proceedings makes it easier or harder to take a stand, and broader reflections on the need to uphold one’s responsibilities as a lawyer.

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