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May 7, 2022

Philosopher John Dewey said, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

For Ann-Maree David, who once imagined she’d be a teacher, studying law is how she discovered her outlet to educate.

The 2018 Agnes McWhinney Award winner is Executive Director at The College of Law where she has dedicated the past two decades to other lawyers’ career paths.

From the danger of perfectionism, to the nuances of networking, Ann-Maree tells Alex Correa about her own non-traditional legal career, her drive to boost equality and how the current generation simply won’t follow the mistakes of the past.

“We can actually be humans at work, that’s a big lesson for people to learn and if you’ve been a career lawyer for 30-50 years that’s not something you’re going to give up readily because it’s what you know.”

“That armour still exists .. We’ve seen a lot of people leave the profession over the last few decades because they couldn’t maintain that armour, it was too heavy.”

“We can be very good at our jobs but we can also accept that we are fallible humans.”


  • Career alignment through values and purpose         
  • Perfectionism in the workplace and the shift toward being our authentic selves    
  • Cultivating the next generation of legal talent
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Alternative careers in law 

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Host: Alex Correa - Career Coach in Law

Brought to you by Alex Correa Executive  

With thanks to our guest : Ann-Maree David

Friends in Law is edited and engineered by Cold Ghost (aka Fletcher Babb)  Produced by Bern Young