In the second episode of Since 1972, I am honoured to talk with Kelli Martin, a talented and respected solicitor, business leader and social justice advocate. She has worked predominantly in family and criminal law and is a member of the not-for-profit Red Rose Foundation, which actively works to end domestic and family violence.
In this profoundly moving and emotional podcast, Kelli talks about her experience as a lawyer constantly exposed to the trauma and abuses that her clients go through. Despite developing PTSD brought about by her work, she continues to help her clients break the cycle of violence that has entrapped them. She’s a strong and inspiring woman, and I just know that you’ll also be just as moved as I was when I talked to her.
In 2020, Kelli was named Partner of the Year – SME at Lawyers Weekly’s Women in Law Awards and also won the ”Business Achiever” Award in the Greater Brisbane Women in Business Awards. Have a listen to her powerful story and know what it means to raise your voice not to shout but to have a voice for people that can’t be heard.
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00:00 Podcast Intro
00:26 Guest Intro
02:29 Kelli Martin’s journey
03:49 How she set out on her own to open a family law firm
06:03 Recalling what inspired her to start KLM Solicitors
06:30 “We look after the client first, so we’re very a very family-focused firm.”
07:28 “I’m a firm believer in social justice and the ability to access legal advice, so I do offer legal aid.”
08:00 Regarding the establishment of effective working relationships with clients and their staff
09:11 On understanding the importance of empathy and the ability to share her story with clients
09:40 How she copes with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and her divorce
11:06 “I have a lot of I’ve got a passion for helping people through really difficult times.”
12:33 The gratifying reward for assisting others through some of their worst moments.
13:34 On teaching young solicitors how to deal with people’s anxiety, depression, and stress
00:15 On embracing Kelli’s PTSD and sharing her story with others
17:00 How their profession can make them go through a traumatic experience
00:19 There is a need for increased support for family and criminal defence attorneys
00:24 Why having a supportive family is so crucial to one’s well-being.
28:12 How the murder of Hannah Clarke affected Kelli in a personal way
00:30 “I raise my voice not to shout, but to have a voice for people that can’t be heard
00:32 Kelli’s proudest professional accomplishment
00:36 What is Kelli’s superpower
00:42 Kelli discusses the Red Rose Foundation
00:48 Rapid-fire questions
00:48 Parting thoughts