Lawyer Wellness

904 ABA Journal Lawyer Wellness articles.

Lawyer is thankful for second chances after suspension for erratic behavior, client neglect
Ohio lawyer William Matthew Tinch says he’s thankful for second chances after being indefinitely suspended Wednesday following “increasingly erratic” behavior and client neglect.
What can law firm leaders learn from a pandemic?

It may seem like an odd proposition, but we must recognize that most challenges present opportunities to positively shape the future. The coronavirus challenge is no different, writes lawyer Susan Smith Blakely.

Afternoon Briefs: Federal courts have reopening plan; billable hours cited in mental health survey

Local conditions will guide federal courts in reopening during COVID-19 crisis

Guidelines for the reopening of federal court operations during the novel coronavirus crisis emphasize local decision-making guided by community…

How lawyers can manage stress and cortisol levels during the COVID-19 crisis

It is not the practice of law that is unhealthy; it is how we respond to the day-to-day stressors that are inherent in the profession that makes the difference, says lawyer James Gray Robinson.

Law practice anxiety: How to dance with the demons

Given these trying times, let’s focus on typical practice irritants that bothered us just a month ago. They may seem trivial now, writes lawyer Marcel Strigberger.

How to advance mindfulness in the workplace

The benefits of mindfulness and meditation are well-documented and studied: They reduce stress and anxiety, improve attention and memory, and promote self-regulation and empathy, writes lawyer and author Jeena Cho.

Ethical dilemmas emerge when attorneys keep mental health struggles private
Sidley Austin should have seen the signals that something was not right with 42-year-old partner Gabe MacConaill, who died by suicide in 2018, Sharon Nelson argued during a Friday panel at ABA Techshow called “The Intersection of Ethics and Well-Being.”
Former BigLaw partner is suspended after writing himself checks from firm, claiming gambling addiction
A former partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker has been suspended after an ethics panel concluded that he wrote himself checks from the law firm’s operating account and then lied about a gambling addiction.
When caring costs you: Lawyers can experience vicarious trauma from work
Afternoon Briefs: Law firm agrees to solicitation settlement; judge is accused of funds theft

Law firm to pay nearly $1M to drivers it solicited from crash reports

Utah-based law firm Craig Swapp & Associates will pay nearly $1 million to thousands of Washington drivers…

4 exercises to improve your legal abilities in 2020
Being a lawyer is such a mental exercise that we often forget that we have physical bodies we need to maintain and nurture. This often results in poor health, stress, fatigue and even addiction. What better time to start a new habit than the new year! We all have unused resolutions. Here are some that are actually good for you.
Top 5 Your Voice columns of 2019

The Your Voice columns of 2019 that we found most impactful were the ones that dug deeper, got personal and exposed the human side of the profession, and justice, itself—and sometimes they included a little humor, too.

Suit claims BigLaw firm took over corporate client’s finances and took advantage of its impaired CEO
A lawsuit filed Thursday claims that Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and its lawyers took advantage of a corporate CEO who was suffering from substance abuse and mental health problems.
Need flu shots, physical therapy or counseling? BigLaw firm has an on-site clinic for that
Latham & Watkins announced Thursday that it has opened an on-site health care clinic at its Los Angeles office and will be opening another in New York in 2020.
How much time do you spend on your cellphone or tablet?

Lawyer and author Jeena Cho writes in her latest On Well-being column that she discovered during a monthlong silent meditation retreat how addicted she was to her iPhone.

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