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Authors of '50 Lessons for Happy Lawyers' share some top tips

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Even during times less tumultuous than the one we are in now, lawyers as a profession report high levels of stress. Finding the way to keep motivated and healthy on an individual level while fighting systemic problems is no easy task. It was this challenge that lawyers Nora Riva Bergman and Chelsy A. Castro set out to address in their new book, 50 Lessons for Happy Lawyers.

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In this episode of the Modern Law Library podcast, Bergman and Castro share experiences from their respective backgrounds in coaching and psychotherapy and some of their work creating wellness programming tailored for the legal profession.

They intend their book to be a jumping-off point for attorneys looking to increase resilience and happiness in their personal and professional lives. Rather than ticking off 50 boxes, the authors encourage readers to look at 50 Lessons for Happy Lawyers to find the lessons that speak to them. (For the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles, one of those was the suggestion to make a to-don’t list to remove unnecessary tasks from her plate.)

Tune in to hear Bergman and Castro discuss the research that went into 50 Lessons for Happy Lawyers, the other books in the 50 Lessons for Lawyers series, and their advice for lawyers who are finding it difficult to cope with the stress of their professional and personal lives. They also share that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Greater Good Science Center, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the Institute for Well-Being in Law.

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In This Podcast:

<p>Nora Riva Bergman</p>

Nora Riva Bergman

Nora Riva Bergman is the author of 50 Lessons for Lawyers: Earn More. Stress Less. Be Awesome. and 50 Lessons for Women Lawyers - From Women Lawyers. 50 Lessons for Happy Lawyers is the third book in the 50 Lessons for Lawyers series. As a licensed attorney, Bergman has coached lawyers across the country for over 15 years. She can be reached on Twitter and LinkedIn.

<p>Chelsy A. Castro</p>

Chelsy A. Castro

Chelsy A. Castro is CEO and founder of Castro Jacobs Psychotherapy and Consulting, a company specializing in lawyer well-being. An attorney turned psychotherapist and performance coach, Castro focuses on science-based skills and strategies for improving performance and increasing well-being. She is the co-author of 50 Lessons for Happy Lawyers. More of her writing can be found on LinkedIn.

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