It is so important to be able to talk about these issues openly and honestly, I hope my story helps to inspire others in the profession to do the same.
Getting the invitation to be an American Bar Foundation Fellow today, reminded me how important it is to stay passionate about what you do no matter the obstacles.
Helping to create a better legal profession is my passion. Having received a few “Nos” to my PhD applications (fingers crossed for the ones outstanding), I was, understandably, a little down. I’ve always been a firm believer that things happen for a reason and since persistence has never been an issue for me, even not getting in this year, won’t stop me from applying again. Regardless, it was inspiring and uplifting, to receive this invitation that same day. An invitation offered to me because of my dedication to research and innovation … in the same fields I’m applying to be a doctoral student in. I am incredibly honored and truly thankful to be asked and cannot wait to work with and support the important work of the American Bar Foundation as a fellow. It just reinforced for me that the universe makes no mistakes and staying positive and persistent is the key to living your dream.
It is undeniable that the practice of law is a male dominated field but by working together we can start to create a positive shift. This is why the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois teamed up with Loyola Law School to host their inaugural Women in Law Summit sponsored by Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and LuluFit. Men and women working together to examine and address the issues facing women lawyers is crucial. The all day event will foster collaboration, conversation, and skill development for women lawyers to increase their own leadership abilities.
I was truly honored to be asked to help develop the curriculum for the day and to be speaking among some incredible presenters on these topics. It is shaping up to be a an incredible day. If you are attending, please let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your comments on the how it goes, the topics covered, and anything you would like to see addressed in future programs.
For registration and details, please click here.
This toolkit is an amazing way to get ideas for firms and individuals to pay attention to their well-being.
Anne Brafford, JD, MAPP, Co-Founder of Aspire and the editor-in-chief of The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change has created the Well-Being Toolkit for the Legal Profession filled with guidance and resources for improving the “mind, body and heart” of lawyers and law students. The Texas Bar Blog from the State Bar of Texas recently posted about the Toolkit in the article, Well-being tool kit provides 10 tips on fostering a healthy workplace.
Another new and noteworthy resource is the recent ABA Journal Asked & Answered podcast episode, In a pickle? Here’s how a lawyers assistance program can help. In it, Bree Buchanan, Director of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program and Chair of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, talks about about how lawyers assistance programs work.
Access other related articles and resources on the CoLAP website.
It’s so important to learn how to talk about mental health and substance abuse effectively, especially when a lawyer’s instinct is not to talk about it at all.
Great panel at NABE, see more via How to Talk about Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders – a NABE Workshop Panel
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