As I say on the introduction of this podcast, I have never seen the arc of a career like this – from a longtime professional magician to law school to a successful law firm he founded and now a coach for lawyers and an author on how to start and grow a successful law firm. Those are quite a few accomplishments and transition packed into one career! Patrick Slaughter, as you'll hear, is very engaging. He is an expert in immigration law and family law. In fact, he runs an immigration law bootcamp and, if you're looking to get into the field of immigration law, from my perspective, this is an absolute must do. Immigration law is complicated and nuanced and Patrick makes it understandable for lawyers to quickly learn so that they can take good care of their immigration clients. He has also started a coaching practice for lawyers who want to start their own firm and have a thriving law practice. The start point, though, would be to get a copy of Patrick's new book that will be out soon: “The Law Firm Blueprint: Your Fast Track to $100K Working Only 4 Days a Week.” I have read an advance copy of this book. It is thorough and detailed and will get a lawyer to where he or she needs to be by following his blueprint. I hope you enjoy hearing Patrick’s story on this episode of the podcast.
After a long and distinguished career serving our country, DOD Administrative Judge Michael (Mike) Leonard recently retired. Mike served for the last twenty years as an Administrative Judge with the Department of Defense (DOD) Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) where he heard and decided hundreds of security clearance cases over his tenure. On one hand, I am glad that he retired so that I could do this podcast with him. On the other hand, security clearance applicants who have to go to a hearing regarding their clearance have lost a wise, tempered, smart and reflective judge to possibly hear their administrative case. Of course, there are still many fair and highly respected judges at DOD DOHA, but the loss of Mike will definitely be felt. I was glad to learn his history on this episode of the podcast to include his U.S Army JAG Corps experience and DOHA Department Counsel work before he became a DOHA judge. I hope you enjoy hearing his professional story followed by his bold retirement move to Germany!