Amanda “Mandi” Huston is coordinating editor for YLD articles appearing in Colorado Lawyer.
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Coan, Payton & Payne, LLC
Business and Real Estate Law
CBA Member Since:
Why did you become a lawyer?
To develop a tool to help others build things that matter to our lives and to our communities.
What do you like the most about your practice area?
There is quite a bit of variety in business and real estate law, as no two businesses or deals are the same. This challenges you to continuously sharpen your understanding of the law and the nature of risk to your client, and offers a profound opportunity to see your clients' ideas, designs, and projects come to fruition. It's a great privilege to sit at the table with my clients, hear their goals and dreams, and be invited to share their journey to achieving these goals and dreams.
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
In law school, my husband would leave sticky notes with little nuggets of wisdom and encouragement all over the house. One particular note that I found next to my toothbrush said "Run your own race!" This has become a simple yet profound reminder to not only know myself, but to honor myself by running the race that only I can run.
How do you find work/life balance?
I recently asked a wise colleague of mine how he found time to teach on top of all his legal work "Well," he said, "you always find time for the things that are a priority." His response answers this question perfectly and further illustrates a paradigm shift in my understanding of work/life balance: The pursuit of work/life balance is not about perfect balance between all the competing items in life; it's about intentionally choosing what to let go of and what to pursue. Work/life balance is simply deciding...