Jasmine O’Brien on Being a Lawyer, Bravery and Finding Authenticity in Your Life
Today’s episode is a doozy. In this installment of Beyond Billables, we touch on elements of fear, sexuality, gender identity, perseverance, resilience and challenging barriers through the stories and anecdotes of a lawyer who just happens to be transgender.
Jasmine O’Brien is a Principal Lawyer at Sladen Legal. Prior to that role, Jasmine held positions as the Legal Practitioner Director with Australian Industry Group and a Senior Lawyer with Clayton Utz. Jasmine is a polished legal professional who, at the age of 29, decided to transition from male to female.
In our conversation, we traced Jasmine’s story from her origins to the challenges she faced in embracing her authentic self and ultimately finding happiness.
We had a long talk and touched on many other issues. For example:
The pushback and questions Jasmine faced with clients around the transitioning process
The state of transgender people’s position in society
The scope and typical content of Jasmine’s legal practice
The cost of having to self-censor in a professional context
The ways that hardships force people to develop character and coping mechanisms
Jasmine’s best advice for improving communication with people
Why taking offense or being politically correct is often not necessary
How you can buy loyalty through hard work and proving your value
The challenges of dating for transgender men and women
Jasmine’s experiences trying to help others and anti-discrimination work
Why it’s too easy for employees to make unmeritorious claims