Five New Attorney Well-Being CLE Programs To Get You Through Even the Most Difficult of Times

Angelica Cesario | December 22, 2021

As the year draws to a close and the holiday seasons approach, we are still not out of the woods as new COVID-19 cases increase and the new Omicron variant begins to dominate the news cycle. However, it’s important that we use the tools around us to keep ourselves sane and maintain perspective. We hope that all of our readers will take some time this holiday season to rest, reflect, and recharge, and begin the new year with strength, resolve, and resilience.

To support you in those efforts, we’ve compiled a list of five of our newest CLE programs that will help you in your journey.

  1. The Power of Connection – Support from Peers (and Even Adversaries). In this refreshingly honest and empowering course, three co-founders of the Lawyers Depression Project (Joseph Milowic, David Evan Markus, and Reid Murtaugh) explore the power of connection, the benefits of peer support among legal professionals, and the multitude of resources available to legal professionals experiencing mental health challenges.
  2. Is Starting Your Own Law Firm Right for You? Taking Control of Your Professional Destiny by Going Solo. Many attorneys may be struggling with adapting to life post-pandemic, returning to in-person work, and more. Barbara Zabawa explores how starting your own practice might provide benefits to those seeking more control over their professional life, and ultimately improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
  3. Developing Resilience and Achieving Well-Being in Times of Challenge and Chaos. As we move forward from the pandemic, lawyers must learn to cultivate self-care to better serve their clients. This course helps attorneys learn to become resilient so that they will not just survive but thrive in the practice of law and all domains of life. Taught by Cedric Ashley - an experienced attorney, leadership coach, author, trainer, and facilitator - attorneys will walk away with practical tools for managing chronic stress through realistic case studies that will bring these concepts to life.
  4. Supporting Attorney Well-Being through Ethical and Effective Leadership. This program, presented by LiLing Poh of Reed Smith LLP and Mindfulness and Leadership Coach Kim Nicol, offers leaders within legal organizations effective strategies to reduce the risk of malpractice, increase team sustainability and resilience, lead with grace, and learn how to manage through the stress, anxiety, and burnout that are so prevalent within the legal profession. 
  5. Risk, Regulation & Resilience: Linking Malpractice, Competence, and Attorney Well-Being. Mental health and substance use disorders can affect any attorney, in any setting, and at any time. Left untreated, they can destroy careers and lives. This program, taught by Tracy Kepler, the Risk Control Director for CNA's Lawyers Insurance Program, examines the nexus between ethical competence and attorney well-being, and outlines preventative measures firms and organizations can take to protect clients and minimize risk around attorney well-being issues. It also educates attendees on how to recognize the impaired attorney, how to approach the conversation with a colleague, and how to effectively discuss the possible disciplinary and professional liability implications of an impaired attorney's conduct. 

If you’re interested in more well-being programming, you can find all of our attorney well-being courses here, or watch our Attorney Well-Being Event “Humans First: Supporting The Whole Attorney Through Well-Being.”

Stay safe and well this holiday season, and cheers to new beginnings ahead!

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Written by Angelica Cesario

Angelica Cesario is Lawline's Director of Attorney Education & Development. She graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 2008 and holds a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies and a Certificate in Latino and Latin American Studies. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2013 and is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. Before joining Lawline, Angelica worked as a plaintiff-side labor & employment litigation attorney.

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