Charlotte Readers Podcast: Making The Power of Introversion Possible
On September 18, 2019, at 6pm, CoLaw in collaboration with the Charlotte Women’s Bar (“CWB”), the North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association (“NCCCLA”), Lawyers Mutual, CaseWorks, Lawpods, Charlotte Readers Podcast, and the Mecklenburg County Bar (“MCB”) is having a live podcast CLE featuring Landis Wade and Heidi Brown to discuss the power of introversion in the legal profession.
For thirty-five years (plus or minus), Landis made a career of being a commercial litigator at some of Charlotte’s largest and most respected law firms. Heidi has made a career out of impacting the lives of law students and lawyers positively through her work as a law professor and as the author of two books published by the American Bar Association—The Introverted Lawyer and Untangling Fear in Lawyering.
The stories Landis and Heidi will share are real. The platform to share those stories would not be available if not for the Charlotte Women’s Bar, NCCCLA, Lawyers Mutual, CaseWorks, Lawpods, and MCB. Over the next week, we’re devoting this space—The Human Lawyer space—to them.
Charlotte Readers Podcast
Meet Landis Wade, founder of Charlotte Readers Podcast. To some, he may be the son of Ham Wade, former President of the Mecklenburg County Bar. To others, he may be the overachieving Davidson football alumnus. Then, for others, Landis may be the gritty litigator, who built a successful 35-year career which culminated at McGuireWoods—one of the world’s largest law firms. His story doesn’t end there because Landis is also the existential and fun author of The Christmas Heist, The Legally Binding Christmas, and The Christmas Redemption. And, most recently, he’s the founder of Charlotte Readers Podcast—a show giving voice to the written work of Charlotte area authors and those who visit the Queen City. What’s great about the Landis Wade story is it’s not over. And the next chapter, whatever it is, will surely be a treat.
But, back to Charlotte Readers Podcast: born out of an unquenched creative thirst, Landis has debunked the myth that there “aren’t enough authors in the Charlotte region” for a podcast. He’s also managed to engage a diverse audience, which has been enhanced through his partnerships with Park Road Books and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. As the podcast industry evolves and matures, Landis and Charlotte Readers Podcast are well-positioned to be a leading content creator and provider in the Charlotte market.
When asked to explain his journey from student-athlete, to BigLaw litigator, to author, to podcast host, Landis explains: The best motivation for the younger me was someone with authority telling me “you don’t have what it takes.” It’s what my college football coach told me when he let me “walk-on” and what Wake Forest Law School said when they wait-listed me until a week before school started. If they’d said I was a great athlete and praised my work ethic with early admission instead of doubting me, I’m not sure I would have become a starter on a college football team or graduated top of my class in law school. And if I hadn’t had a few adversaries in my early law firm life pushing against me, I might not have worked as hard to become and stay a partner for so long. As I became a more experienced attorney, I missed this form of external motivation. Succeeding when you’re supposed to succeed seems harder to me than proving someone wrong. It wasn’t until later in my life, when I began to try new things with which I had no experience, like writing books and hosting a podcast, that I felt like a “walk-on” again. It would have been helpful if someone with authority had told me I was ill-suited to these tasks and discouraged me from trying, because I might be a best-selling author or famous podcast host by now, but all I had to go on was self-doubt, which might seem like the worst kind of doubt to have. What I’ve had to learn through trial and error is that self-doubt is not so bad when used as motivation. I’ve learned that if I am going to be successful in these new worlds, I first have to prove myself wrong.
CoLaw sincerely thanks Landis and Charlotte Readers Podcast for their time, talent, and treasure. The live podcast CLE on Wednesday, 9/18, at 1026 Jay Street from 6pm to 7pm surely would not happen without them.
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