IWIL Alert – August 2023

  • Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and the Inner Critic
    Scott Rogers, MS, JD


For more than two decades, the legal profession has been exploring the potential role mindfulness practices can play in the law. A popular shorthand for mindfulness is “non-judgmental awareness,” meaning the stronger our mindfulness the less likely we are to be judgmental toward others (and ourselves).

Scott Rogers, MS, JD, is a nationally recognized leader in the area of mindfulness in law and founder and director of the University of Miami School of Law’s Mindfulness in Law Program where he teaches mindfulness in law, mindfulness and negotiation, mindful ethics, and mindfulness and motivating business compliance. He has published widely in the area of mindfulness and co-authored numbers of peer-reviewed neuroscience research articles on the efficacy of mindfulness practice in high stress, high consequence professions. For the past 25 years Professor Rogers has conducted workshops and presentations on the role of mindfulness in legal education and across the legal profession. He is author of the recently released, “The Mindful Law Student: A Mindfulness in Law Practice Guide,” written for all legal professionals.

  • Being Visibly Invisible: How Legal Professionals From Marginalized Communities Uniquely Experience Workplace Loneliness
    Kaisar Perry (they/them)


The mental burden and negative impacts of day-to-day challenges are often ignored, and in the wake of a global pandemic that highlighted these mental health challenges, legal industry leaders are searching for the best ways to balance well-being with productivity. Now more than ever, we cannot ignore the impacts of loneliness on our mental and physical health. We must engage in a national effort to confront the epidemic of societal loneliness if we are to ever overcome the national loneliness epidemic

Kaisar is an aspiring social movement lawyer who is dedicated to transforming the United States mental health care system, making it more accessible towards people from marginalized communities. To this aim, they are currently studying Psychology as well as Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. Besides writing, Kaisar enjoys playing piano, crocheting, exploring the NH wilderness, and meeting new people.

  • Ten Key Takeaways from the Surgeon General’s Report on the Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation
    By Jessie Spressart, M.Litt, M.A., Managing Director of Optia Consulting


In May 2023, the Surgeon General’s report sounded the alarm on the epidemic of loneliness plaguing our society and contributing to a decline in our mental health and well-being. Lawyers, law students, and others in the legal industry are particularly susceptible to the adverse outcomes of disconnection. To understand the report’s important findings and how we can work to combat social isolation and loneliness in our firms and schools, read Jessie Spressart’s “Ten Key Takeaways from the Surgeon General’s Report on the Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation.”

Jessie Spressart is Managing Director of Optia Consulting. Optia provides consulting and training on management and leadership skills, and mental health and well-being in the workplace.

Jessie brings over eighteen years of experience in law firm professional development to her coaching and consulting practice. Prior to founding Optia, Jessie spent over a decade building the professional development department at a law firm in Washington DC.

Jessie is a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid, is an ICF-accredited executive coach and holds Master’s degrees from Fordham University and St. Andrews University.