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Lawyer Wellness

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David Yamada is fighting to end workplace bullying

“We’re taught to be really good at manipulating language as lawyers, and language is the stock-in-trade of bullying and abuse,” Prof. David Yamada says. “Most of the time, it’s not about physical aggression. It’s about commissions and omissions, I guess you could say, in terms of how people treat one another.”

30% of these lawyers would like to work fewer hours; those most dissatisfied are younger and female

Thirty percent of surveyed “standout lawyers” would like to work fewer hours, while 53% are satisfied with the hours that they are working.

Cap billable hours for lawyer well-being, state bar report says; survey found this group is least satisfied

Law firms should promote lawyer well-being by capping billable hours, encouraging full vacations and managing client expectations, according to a report released Monday by the New York State Bar Association Task Force on Attorney Well-Being.

5 tips for working with clients who stand in their own way

Recently, I had an immigration case, where my client was tardy on every deadline and patently refused to do anything beyond the bare minimum to aid their cause. I was emotionally drained by the case but buoyed by the positive result at the end. I must admit I couldn’t fight the impulse to remind the client that they had stood in the way of their own success.

Has COVID-19 made the workplace more accessible for lawyers with disabilities?

Since March 2020, most law firms and legal organizations have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing their employees to work remotely and transition to more flexible hours. For some lawyers with disabilities, teleworking has brought significant benefits, including increased access to their clients and colleagues and to more job opportunities.

From the depths of addiction to helping attorneys overcome their own, lawyer and author Brian Cuban has made his mark

In 2006, the Dallas Mavericks were in the NBA finals. The team’s owner, Mark Cuban, gave two tickets for the opening game to his brother Brian to give to friends. But the younger sibling had other plans: He traded them to his drug dealer for $1,000 worth of cocaine.

20% of surveyed corporate lawyers were highly exhausted, and most in that group wanted to switch jobs

Among the highly exhausted group, 41% showed signs of psychological distress; 68% were looking to leave their organization; and 61% frequently delayed, scoped down or killed projects in which they were involved.

Sotomayor discusses friendship with Thomas, shares advice during ABA’s inaugural Equity Summit

When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor thinks back to her first year of law school, she wishes someone would have told her not to be afraid to ask more questions.

What does it take to retain female lawyers in criminal justice? ABA task force has some ideas

More job flexibility and mental health support are among the solutions that could help lead to improvements in the hiring, retention and promotion of female lawyers in the criminal justice system, according to an ABA task force.

ABA’s inaugural Equity Summit will highlight importance of inclusion; guests include Justice Sotomayor

Throughout the summit’s four days of programming, registrants can attend five CLE programs; four TED-style talks; three workshops on critical diversity equity and inclusion issues; and a fireside discussion Sept. 29 with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Don’t argue with your health: How a rare brain illness ended my legal career

Lawyers are busy. We have intense jobs, and the stressors are endless. Emotional clients ask us to work magic, we’re continuously in adversarial positions and our days require flawless focus. The cycle of work, bill, prepare and work more, can be vicious.

This BigLaw firm says it’s the first to provide free and reduced-rate Peloton content to lawyers and staffers

O’Melveny & Myers has said it’s the first law firm to sign a deal with Peloton to provide content to all U.S. lawyers and staff members through the Peloton Corporate Wellness program.

Midlevel associates rated these firms tops for job satisfaction; survey finds hybrid work preference

Midlevel associates surveyed by the American Lawyer have ranked McDermott Will & Emery No. 1 for job satisfaction.

What lawyers can learn from self-love

Many attorneys struggle to realize that they can’t love their work or anyone else until they love themselves. Even now, we can’t seem to fully embrace this concept, writes lawyer James Gray Robinson.

New CEO of IP law firm talks dynamic leadership with client-centric insight

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Raymond Millien, the new CEO of Harness, Dickey & Pierce, an intellectual property boutique firm with four offices and headquarters in suburban Detroit.

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