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Balancing life as a farmer and BigLaw senior associate

Caitlin McConnel has had a vocational journey unlike any other, having served as a Federal Court judge’s associate and now working at Clayton Utz while also being a sixth-generation farmer and working on her family’s property in regional Queensland. Her two vocations give her a unique perspective on law, national needs, and what’s needed moving forward.

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In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, host Jerome Doraisamy speaks with Clayton Utz senior associate Caitlin McConnel about her journey in law to date, how she became involved in her family’s farming work and business, how she balances farm work with legal work, and what lawyers can learn from farmers.

McConnel also delves into the myriad agricultural issues and challenges she sees both on the land and in her work, what is needed to address such matters moving forward, her perception of ever-increasing climate litigation and work in the natural capital markets space, and serving the community both as a farmer and as a legal professional.


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