Welcome back! This is the last #FebruaryFeature and I really have enjoyed doing them. It has been a mix of people I know and people I reached out to. But everyone graciously accepted my request and answered my questions. If you aren’t caught up, go back and read each #FebruaryFeature. Each person gives you
- Broaden Your Worldview
- Think Week Day 2: Youth & College Ministry
- Have A Morning Routine
- Think Week: Day 1 – Personal Growth
- Just Talking
- Make Up Your Bed
- Think Week: The Introduction
- Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
- Changes Are Coming
Today I introduce you to the only guy featured this month! I first met him 1L year and have cheered his success since then. As a minority, you have to do that in law school, it keeps all of us pushing forward. With that said, I introduce you all to Keith Stephens who is the co-founder of Views From the 8th.
Who is Keith?
Keith is an associate at Starnes Davis Florie LLP. His practice is focused on civil litigation including labor and employment, complex litigation, and medical malpractice.
Keith graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Not only did Keith excel academically, he did so while serving as President of the Student Bar Association and successfully advocating in national trial competitions.
Keith enjoys photography, video games, and the outdoors. He has a passion for traveling and has been to nearly 20 different countries.
Keith is Co-Founder of Views from the 8th with Jeremy Jones and Tyrome Bivins.
Why did you choose law school?
I had an interest in either the medical field or the legal field. After beginning undergrad as a Biology major, I quickly realized I had zero interest in studying science. I also realized law school was the path I wanted to take. Although I had a strong interest in medicine, law seemed to be the best route for me.
Entering law school, did you see yourself on the traditional legal career path? Why or why not?
From my experience, law school is full of individuals who arrived by a number of different paths. I did not go straight from undergrad to law school, I took a gap year and worked at a local bank in my hometown.
Why did you choose to become an entrepreneur while still deciding to be an attorney?
I come from a family of entrepreneurs. Whether it be grant consulting, restaurant chains, or residential/commercial janitorial services, I have seen the benefits of owning your own business. I also chose to be an entrepreneur, because it enables me to create a brand and legacy beyond my practice of law.
What is the purpose of your business?
To provide travel consulting advice and services.
Did law school teach you how to be an entrepreneur?
Law school taught me how to manage a heavy workload, balance work and leisure, and become a successful professional.
What skills have you learned as a law student or attorney that have translated to how you operate as an entrepreneur?
One of the most important skills I learned as a law student and now as an attorney, is to be creative and think outside of the box. Being a successful entrepreneur requires ingenuity and creativity. Too many businesses fail because their ideas become obsolete.
What are some of your professional goals?
My immediate goal is to grow as an attorney. It is also my goal to help grow Views From the 8th to one of the largest travel consulting groups in the world.
If you could go back in your law school career, what would you change or keep the same? Why?
I would make sure I was kept my focus on studying and doing the best I could in my classes. Doing well in law school is important, since getting a job in the legal market is not what it once was.
Any tips for law students or attorneys who want to be an entrepreneur?
Follow your dreams and put in the work. Also, learn as much as you can in law school because there are a number of issues that will translate to the operation of a business. Whether it be employment decisions or simply the structure of your business.
I hope you pulled something that will inspire and motivate you from Keith. Make sure you follow Views From the 8th on Instagram and Facebook, they will be launching completely in the near future. Also, follow Keith on Instagram and Facebook. While you’re at it, check out his photography, he has an Instagram page dedicated to that @capturedbykeith.