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Sheela Murthy

Murthy Law Firm

Sheela Murthy initially decided to study law in India to fight for the rights of women and others who did not have a voice. This passion has followed her throughout my career and helped her appreciate the challenges, pain and suffering of others. 

After completing the Master of Laws program at Harvard Law School, she worked in corporate and real estate law. While she enjoyed the work and helping clients, it did not fulfill her passion to aide the voiceless. More than 25 years ago, she started her own successful practice dedicated to immigration law now known as Murthy Law Firm. 

What is the biggest challenge facing the legal profession today? 

A big challenge in the legal profession is the explosion in artificial intelligence and getting information more easily and inexpensively, compared with ever before. However, we must always recognize that our opportunities will exceed our challenges if we have the right mindset to seek our solutions for problems and in overcoming challenges. Due to globalization, inter-connectedness and blurring of boundaries between different disciplines and practice areas, the legal profession needs to look beyond the immediate legal implications and look at issues in the global context. 

What advice would you offer anyone interested in a legal career? 

My advice is that if you work hard, believe in yourself, dream big, and are immersed in your cause with passion and purpose, you will find meaning and joy in your work. The secret in life is to find a cause that brings us joy so that others around us, the team and clients, all share and feel that passion and joy. Also, it is helpful to make time for self-care. This could be a scheduled tea break, or a brisk walk outside. These small scheduled breaks help to make us more productive and happier, as we must nourish our mind, body, and spirit to serve a greater good.