Nationally known entertainment lawyer Marshawn Evans says attending a State Bar of Texas program for youth is what put her on the path to starting a sports agency, competing on “The Apprentice” and authoring a book advising women about success in business.
Evans, who grew up in the Dallas suburb of Richardson, told lawyers at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Houston today that she attended a Youth Stop the Violence Program when she was just 16. It changed her life and opened her eyes to “something that was bigger than myself.”
“I didn’t just see an opportunity to become a lawyer. I didn’t just see an opportunity to have influence. I saw an opportunity to make a difference,” said Evans, author of “SKIRTS in the Boardroom: A Woman’s Survival Guide to Success in Business and Life.”
Evans said lawyers could have more influence in their careers if they embrace a sense of purpose that’s bigger than themselves and dedicate their work to serving others instead of gaining status for themselves.
“The most important thing we bring to the marketplace is not our intellect. . . . It’s our sense of purpose,” Evans said.
She also advised attorneys to change their perspective about risk. Many lawyers have “risk mindsets,” which Evans said can “minimize who we are supposed to be.” Instead, lawyers should embrace “reward mindsets” and step outside their comfort zones by writing books or becoming public speakers.
“We can do so many different things if we just take off traditionalism,” explained Evans, adding, “Each and every one of you, if you have been practicing law, and you have life experience, you have experience the world needs to hear.”
She urged lawyers to pursue publication outside of the legal world, in the mainstream media, to position themselves to “elevate your influence.” The wider exposure could be “magnetic” and cause new clients to pursue a lawyer, said Evans.
“I’ve been able to attract opportunity simply by putting myself in environments where most people will not go,” she said.
-- Angela Morris