Reframing Burnout

Reframing Burnout Not only because it’s cited as one of the main causes of the Great Resignation, which may permanently reshape how we work, and not only because it’s widespread (can we ever use the metaphor of “epidemic” again?) across workplaces. We have to talk about burnout because we haven’t actually been talking about it this…

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Is Burnout Tired and Worn Out?

Tracy LaLonde, Chief Joychiever I recently attended a conference about attorney engagement and had many conversations about burnout. During one of those discussions, we pondered if the word ‘burnout’ has become overused to the extent that it is losing or has lost its impact. I certainly hope this isn’t the case. While many more people are…

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Beneath, Behind, and Beyond Burnout

Emily Knowles, Psychologist, Consultant and Researcher “The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” – Lily Tomlin ‘Burnout’ and ‘psychological safety’ are arguably two of the biggest exports from workplace psychology to enter the public lexicon from the Covid-era. Burnout is a long-established and deeply…

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Heartfulness: A Path to Resilience

Henry Emmons, MD Catherine Duncan, MA, BCC We consider heartfulness a key quality to going beyond burnout and actually flourishing and building strong resilience. When you use heartfulness to build resilience, there is less room for something like stress and depression to seep back in. There is nothing more important in one’s lifetime than loving well. But…

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IWIL Executive Director Announcement

The Institute for Well-Being in Law is pleased to announce the hiring of our inaugural executive director, Jennifer DiSanza. Jennifer spent the last two decades working with law students as a student affairs administrator and financial educator. She has worked at three different ABA-approved law schools and is passionate about well-being in the legal profession.…

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Workplace Well-Being and All I Know So Far

Workplace Well-Being and All I Know So Far By Loretta Oleksy, Mindful Life and Work Coach, Thought Kitchen LLC July 1, 2022 It’s heartening to see more people recognizing that workplace culture is tied to employee well-being, and that promoting employee well-being is not only the right thing to do but also positively correlated with…

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Episode 23 Manar Morales

Path To Well-Being In Law – Episode 23: Manar Morales

Manar Sweillam Morales is a national thought leader on women’s leadership, diversity, and workplace flexibility. She serves as President and CEO of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance – a think tank dedicated to helping organizations create inclusive cultures that advance diversity and flexibility to attract and retain top talent. Manar is a frequent speaker on workplace flexibility, diversity and inclusion,…

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Lia Dorsey - Episode 22

Path To Well-Being In Law – Episode 22: Lia Dorsey

As the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Ogletree Deakins, Lia Dorsey is responsible for the development and execution of the firm’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. Ms. Dorsey collaborates with firm leadership, practice group leaders, and business resource groups to expand and advance efforts in the recruitment, development, promotion and retention of diverse…

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Path To Well-Being In Law – Episode 21: Lindsey Draper

Following his 2006 retirement as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Commissioner, Lindsey D. Draper oversaw Wisconsin’s adherence to the mandates of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) as the state’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator and Compliance Monitor until his retirement in 2014.  Draper previously served as Chair of the ABA then-Standing Committee on…

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Matthew Thiese - Episode 19

Path To Well-Being In Law – Episode 19: Matthew Thiese

My research focuses on the overlap between a person’s job and their health.  This includes everything from musculoskeletal disorders like Low Back Pain or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, to motor vehicle crashes, to COVID-19, to mental well-being.  I am interested in identification of potential risk factors, interventions to prevent injury or illness, evidence-based practice for both…

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Path To Well Being In Law – Episode 2: Anne Brafford

Bree and Chris welcome lawyer well-being pioneer Anne Brafford to the podcast, best known for her roles as author of Positive Professionals, co-chair of the ABA Law Practice Division’s Attorney Well-Being Committee, editor-in-chief and co-author of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being’s report The Path to Lawyer Well-Being:  Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, author…

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Well-Being Strategies for Solos and Small Firms: Building Resilient Work Cultures

BY ANNE M. BRAFFORD, ESQ., MAPP Deservedly so, lawyer well-being has received considerable attention lately. Large firms in particular have attracted the spotlight for their efforts and innovations—which are commendable. But the big firm focus may have left the wrong impression that big budgets are required to afford the “luxury” of promoting lawyers’ mental health…

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