Liz Lenjo, Advocate

Liz is an Advocate of the High Court. She specializes in Intellectual Property Law, Entertainment Law, Fashion Law and Media Law. For fun, she likes watching movies, cooking, listening to music and dancing.

“I miss playing video games too. I hardly have time for that but I hope soon I will be back at it,” She adds.

Asked what she would be in the jungle, she says a tiger, because as a spirit animal, the meaning of a tiger is said to be willpower, courage and personal strength.

She attended Wanja & Kim Comprehensive School & Moi Educational Centre for Primary School, State House Girls High School, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya School of Law, University of Turin (Italy) and the WIPO Academy, Fashion Law Institute.

I asked her a few questions about her career and mentorship:

What do you currently do?

I run my legal consultancy, MYIP Legal Studio, specializing in IP law, Entertainment law, Fashion Law, Media Law and General Commercial law for Creatives. I am an Adjunct lecturer at Strathmore University, Law School where I teach Media & Entertainment law and Business Law. I am an appointed member of the Copyright Tribunal under the Copyright Act, the Chapter Lead of the Creatives Common Kenya and the head of Entertainment & Culture Platform. In addition, I am the Head of IP & Policy with the Kenya Fashion Council.

I am also a blogger and an industry trainer on legal matters in the creative industries.

What do you like about your profession?

I learn new things every day. Despite the challenges that come with personality dynamics as an attorney and lecturer, I also enjoy meeting new people.

What do you dislike about it?

Occasional impatience and self-lawyering clients who try to educate me on my job, despite the years of education.

How/why did you choose your profession?

My past experiences as a budding model and singer exposed the lack of legal knowledge and practice in the Kenyan entertainment industry. I then dedicated my career to being a lawyer for the creative industry in Kenya.

Who is your role model?

I have a number of role models, most of which are my seniors in the legal profession in Kenya and the US where I apprenticed briefly during my masters. They inspire me to work hard, the element of tough love and honesty when I seek counsel. A good mentor in my view always keeps it real.

What has been the highest point in your career?

Being appointed to the Copyright Tribunal, being published by a renowned Intellectual Property Law Journal and being nominated of the Top 40 under 40 Women 2018.

What has been the lowest point in your career?

There are a few of those, but I try not to focus on them and treat them as learning opportunities that came with some valuable lessons.

What mistakes have you made in your career?

Doubting myself sometimes, but it is human. I always pray for wisdom when I am uncertain about some pertinent decisions pertaining to my career trajectory or my clients’ matters.

How did you get over them?

I learn from them and try to be positive about the future.

What motivates you?

Being a better version of myself and to be a good example to my children that they can be anything or everything they want to be if they put the time and effort.

What is your best quote?

The Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.”

What does mentorship mean to you, and what do you do to mentors others?

It means empowering and encouraging young minds to be the best they can be while maneuvering life’s challenges. I have mentees from different law schools and some that are working who are my juniors in the profession.

What advice would you give young professionals seeking to join your profession?

Faint heart never won fair lady. You must sweat it out to get the best in everything you do. Challenges come and go, they just sharpen our minds and how we handle adversity.

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