In this week’s episode, we discussed the importance of self-care in the legal field. We had the opportunity to speak to Jessica Ramirez, an Associate at the Ray Quinney and Nebeker Law firm, and Jamie Sorenson, a partner at the same firm.
Jessica Ramirez is a first-generation college student. She attended the University of Utah, where she got her Bachelors in Finance and went to the University of Utah S.J Quinney College of Law. Currently, Jessica works in employment law and loves being able to support employers to have the best relationship with their employees. As a first-generation student, she shares how vital mentorship was for her. She further explains how hard it can be to ask someone for advice out of fear of wasting their time. However, she recommends keeping in mind that lawyers love to help and never be afraid to reach out.
We asked Jessica what wellness meant to her, and she explains that wellness is about being in tune with how she is feeling. To practice wellness, she prioritizes exercising, whether that is going on walks or taking breaks when feeling tired. She also discusses methods she wished she would have implemented earlier in her life. For example, she recommends listening to the Happiness Lab Podcast. Jessica gives an insight on how law school ratings can be stressful and feel like they have a significant weight on your career. Jessica touches on how imposter syndrome can also cause negative thoughts of not belonging. We asked Jessica if there are any particular challenges in promoting wellness in the legal career. Jessica explains that due to Utah’s nature of being family-friendly, it would be a much better transition if you practice in Utah. Furthermore, she talks about specific self-care practices that work for her as a woman of color in the legal field.
Jamie Sorenson is a partner at the same firm and practices bankruptcy and litigation. Jamie explains that a wellness practice in the legal field is finding an area of practice that you enjoy doing. The law is so massively broad, having the courage to try new things can help bring contentment. Part of what worked for him in the bankruptcy field is that the people he worked with made it enjoyable. He also mentioned that having friends inside and outside the law is helpful.
A wellness practice that Jamie wished he would have adopted sooner in his life is exercising. He explains that it is easy to work late and work early. However, prioritizing some time for himself is essential. Jamie goes on walks or runs whenever he can. He mentioned that his favorite part about practicing law is the relationships that he has built with his clients and the opportunity to get involved with his community.