PWB031: On Transitioning out of the Practice of Law - A Conversation with the More than Esquires Network

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This episode:

After practicing law, friends and attorneys, Blessed Dele-Michael and Nneka Norville, decided to come together to found the More Than Esquires Network to create a community for lawyers, JDs, and law students who have made the decision not to practice law or who are considering transitioning out of, or not entering, the practice of law.

Though Blessed practiced for a decade, once she made the decision to leave the practice but before doing so, Blessed was very intentional about interacting with a variety of business functions so that she could learn more about the business. Nneka found her transition through volunteering and ultimately applying for and accepting a fellowship with the National Urban Fellows to work at a foundation.

In addition to running the More than Esquires Network, Blessed now works as a Compliance Officer for a global investment bank, and Nneka serves as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for a global media company.

Connect with Attorneys Blessed Dele-Michael and Nneka Norville:

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Alex Haley and Malcolm X

  • “Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett

  • National Urban Fellows

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