The Importance of Being Authentic with Ryann Peyton

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Episode Description

Today I’m talking with one of my favorite people. Truly. When Jess and I first started putting together the episodes for this podcast, I immediately knew who I wanted the first guest to be.

Ryann Peyton is the Director of the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP) and Legal Entrepreneurs for Justice (LEJ), which are both lawyer professional development programs of the Colorado Supreme Court. A former litigator and a seasoned consultant and advocate on professionalism, diversity, and equity in the legal field, Ryann focused their law practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on LGBTQ+ families and civil rights.

Given their amazing work, it’s no surprise that Ryann has been consistently recognized for their legal practice, most recently earning the American Bar Association Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyer Professionalism award and the IDEA Leader in the Community award from The Center on Colfax. Ryann sits on the boards of several Colorado non-profit legal organizations and serves as the 2022 President of the Colorado Bar Association. Ryann earned their law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law and holds an LLM and undergraduate degree from the University of Denver.

From the moment I met Ryann, it felt like we were kindred spirits. Ryann is an introvert like me and as they mention in our conversation, an “accidental lawyer”. Since I started practicing, Ryann has been a lighthouse for me, flashing their light to remind me to show up as I am, not as the profession maybe wants me to be. That’s why I’m so glad we’re having this conversation today about the importance of authenticity and integrity in the profession. We all aren’t – and can’t be – one type of lawyer that looks, acts, and shows up in a singular way. 

I hope you find our conversation as affirming and inspirational as I did. Listen now.