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966 ABA Journal Lawyer Wellness articles.

On the heels of a global pandemic, Well-Being Week in Law is more important than ever

Well-Being Week in Law kicks off today, highlighting the importance of health and happiness across the legal profession.

BigLaw firm mostly goes meeting-free this week to address fatigue

Dentons banned most meetings this week for lawyers and business professionals to make it easier to catch up on large projects or to take time off.

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer for accused Capitol rioter says ‘biatch’ less offensive; charge dropped against Boies Schiller partner

Lawyer for accused US Capitol rioter says ‘biatch’ is less offensive

A lawyer for accused U.S. Capitol rioter Richard “Bigo” Barnett of Gravette, Arkansas, has said his client didn’t use…

How should the legal profession navigate a post-COVID-19 world? ABA group has recommendations

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the ABA initiated one of the largest national surveys of its members, seeking to understand both how they had been affected and how they expected their practice to evolve in the future.

A BigLaw partner’s journey through clinical depression

Back in the day, I ran with the big dogs in BigLaw. Now, after suffering with clinical depression for more than 20 years and surviving a suicide attempt, I am happier than ever in the legal profession. My mental health journey is a cautionary tale, but one with a message of hope.

Womble Bond Dickinson sees savings opportunity in flexible work, aims to cut office space by up to 50%

Womble Bond Dickinson aims to reduce square footage for U.S. offices by up 50% as lawyers and staff members spend more time working from home.

Top tips for lawyers who struggle with self-compassion to develop inner strength

There are three levels of positive responses to suffering. The first, sympathy, is merely the mental recognition that suffering is present. The second, empathy, includes an emotional component, with the effect that we feel for the person who is suffering. The third, compassion, includes the desire or motivation to do something about that person’s suffering.

Walking meditation is a step toward calm

“Having a strong mindfulness practice as a foundation has helped me get through these difficulties,” writes lawyer and author Jeena Cho. “This isn’t to suggest that mindfulness has somehow shielded me from experiencing grief or trauma. What it has allowed is a way for me to process it so that the grief isn’t the only experience my mind is paying attention to.”

Orrick hopes to battle burnout with ‘unplug time’ policy

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe wants its staff members and lawyers to take a week off work “to truly unplug.”

Most dissatisfied lawyers work longer hours and report more burnout

Burnout and long hours appear to be making life miserable for the most dissatisfied lawyers.

Afternoon Briefs: Judge trims maternity claims against BigLaw firm; prison guards ordered to wear body cams

Judge trims claims by ex-Morrison & Foerster lawyers

A magistrate judge is allowing two former lawyers at Morrison & Foerster to pursue punitive damages in their suit claiming that the…

How law firms reacted to racial injustice and the COVID-19 pandemic

Nearly three-fourths of surveyed law firms launched new programs to address racial injustice after Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the death of George Floyd last year, according to a new study.

Pandemic and financial stress could push some lawyers to act unethically, experts warn

Mental health and lawyer ethics experts are warning that financial stress and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may push lawyers to act imprudently or unethically.

How lawyers can reengineer our profession from the bottom up

Sometimes you just have to tear something down and start over again—like when you were a child and built a house of blocks or constructed a bridge with your Erector set, and it came tumbling down. You discovered too late that the foundation was not strong. It needed a redo.

ABA’s Practice Forward group puts focus on members’ needs, well-being

The challenges confronting the legal profession as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have been a prime focus of the 2021 ABA Midyear Meeting.

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