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Here, we’ll highlight activities that individuals and organizations are planning for Lawyer Well-Being Week so that we can acknowledge everyone’s good work and share ideas. We will include events, activities, and organizational highlights and profiles. Please use the form below to let us know what your plans are and join the ranks of the Lawyer Well-Being Champions.

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Activities & Events


Free IPPA Webinar: Positive Psychology in the Legal Profession, May 7, 2020, 12:00 pm ET. This 1-hour webinar will focus on integrating positive psychology into the legal profession to improve job satisfaction, engagement, and overall thriving. Four experienced panelists will discuss how to integrate positive psychology into law school curriculums, law firm management, and individual lawyer wellbeing.

Well-Being Week Coffee Breaks, May 4-8, 2020, 2:00 pm ET. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being will be hosting free daily “Community Well-Being Coffee Breaks.” Connect with fellow lawyers, share ideas and tools, and learn from experts in celebration of Lawyer Well-Being Week.

Live Video Chats, Tues, Weds, Thurs, 7:30 pm PT:  Join rotating hosts and a variety of topics for live chats as part of a series called Pandemic Life: Weekly Chats for Lawyers and the Legal Profession. It is presented by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being and Mindfulness in Law Society to give legal professionals an opportunity to share experiences and ideas during COVID-19.

Join Weekly Mindful Mondays. 30-minute “virtual sit” sessions hosted by the Mindfulness in Law Society every Monday at 3 pm ET. All in the legal profession are welcome.

Free Positive Psychology Webinar Series: Strategies to Thrive in Uncertain Times. Alumni of U Penn’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program are offering a series of free 30-minute webinars on science-based strategies for thriving in the time of COVID. These are generally-applicable strategies, not specific to the legal profession.

Free Working Remotely With Children Webinar, May 8, 2020, 10:00 am ET: For Lawyer Well-Being Week, CCA will offer a FREE 1-hour webinar on Working Remotely with Children. This informative and interactive workshop will offer tips and information on how to manage working at home, while simultaneously caring for children.

Well-Being Podcast Recording: To get ready for Lawyer Well-Being Week, the ABA Section of Litigation Ethics and Professionalism committee’s “Sound Advice” podcast posted a recent interview with National Task Force Chair Bree Buchanan. Bree discusses Lawyer Well-Being Week, the importance of lawyer well-being generally, and available resources (18:03 min.)

21-Day Health & Fitness Challenge for EVERYONE, May 4-22, 2020. Includes at-home workouts (no equipment required), nutrition advice, challenges, and mental well-being practices.

AwareHealtlh Anxiety Management Workshop, May 8, 15, & 22, 3:00 pm ET: AwareHealth is launching a series of skill-building wellness workshops. Each workshop consists of multiple sessions led by a mental health clinician or a certified coach and provides exercises to practice between sessions. The first workshop series Creating Calm: Anxiety Management during Uncertain Times is scheduled for May 8, 15, & 22 at 3:00 pm ET. You’ll leave with a skill-specific, personalized well-being toolkit. You can guard your privacy with options to attend sessions anonymously with an alias and by choosing not to turn on the camera or audio. 

EI Book Club for Lawyers every Tuesday, 8:00 pm ET: The Lawyers Emotional Intelligence Book Club includes weekly discussions facilitated by a Chicago-based lawyer and daily practical Facebook posts. The Club’s aim is to help create the next generation of lawyers with high emotional intelligence. Find more information on the Book Club’s Facebook page.

Free Webinar on Meaning and Growth Following Adversity, May 7, 2020, 12:00 pm ET: Join a leading scholar on the science of meaning and purpose, Prof. Michael Steger, for a FREE one-hour online Lunch & Learn Session on the topic of Meaning and Growth Following Adversity.  Prof. Steger will talk about what we know about the “ordinary magic” of seeing ourselves grow through and after difficult times, and the way that meaning-making can help us.

Free Well-Being and COVID-19 Webinars, May 8, 2020, 3:00 pm ET: For Lawyer Well-Being Week, California Lawyers Association will offer a free (non-CLE) webinar titled Conquering Chronic Disease & Preexisting Conditions in the Age of COVID-19, May 8, 2020, 3:00 pm ET, a Zoom session discussing how lifestyle changes can reverse most chronic disease and preexisting conditions.

Free Breath & Body Boost Live Session, May 7, 2020, 2:00 pm ET: Amy Pruett, a lawyer and yoga instructor, guides a live 30-minute breath and body boost session to provide a reprieve from daily stressors. The session will start with breath work, followed by a few postures to release the spine and mind. She is hosting weekly sessions on Thursdays–including a free session for legal professionals on May 7 during Lawyer Well-Being Week via Zoom and Facebook. Amy also authored a 10-Minute Desk Yoga Guide that can be found on the Well-Being Week website and has a 7-minute “Law Breath” video on YouTube.

Free Live Meditation Sessions With Internationally-Known Meditation Teacher, Starting May 5, 2020, 10:30 am ET: Cory Muscara is hosting live daily meditations for 21 days starting Tuesday, May 5—just in time for Lawyer Well-Being Week. Cory is an international speaker and mindfulness teacher and author of the new book Stop Missing Your Life. The 20-minute sessions will be hosted on Instagram (@corymuscara) and Facebook and will explore practices related to mindfulness, focus, compassion, lovingkindness, and more. If you’ve been looking to start a meditation practice or find a community to practice with, this is a chance to do so.

Organizational Profiles & Highlights


Seyfarth Plans For A Remote Well-Being Week

The COVID crisis can’t deter Seyfarth’s commitment to well-being and participation in Lawyer Well-Being Week. The firm is a signatory of the ABA’s Well-Being Pledge and has year-round well-being initiatives and activities as part of its “SeyfarthLife” efforts. Lawyer Well-Being Week fit well within their efforts to prioritize a holistic focus on well-being.

Seyfarth’s National Director of Attorney Talent Kelly Wing said that the firm was well on its way to planning a host of innovative, in-person activities for Well-Being Week when the stay-at-home orders began blanketing the country.

Understanding that well-being was never more important than now, the team quickly began revamping their plans to reach a remote workforce. Here are some of the activities they have planned for Well-Being Week:

Daily Challenge

On each day of Lawyer Well-Being Week, they’ll propose a different challenge that aligns with the dimension of well-being featured that day. An example comes from a prior initiative to promote mental health in which the well-being team sent a Wellness Wish List that consisted of 10 items to complete (e.g., drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water, exercise for at least 30 minutes, watch a short video on stress management, write a gratitude note to someone, etc.). Seyfarth members (lawyers and staff) reported if they completed all 10 items (the honor system applied) and then were entered into a raffle for items such as Fitbits and SpaFinder gift cards.

Group Meditation

Seyfarth has hired a meditation expert (Jeena Cho) to lead a “mindful pause” session via Webex.  During this session, Jeena will offer tips and lead a 12-15-minute meditation.  In addition, Jeena has been facilitating a “Mindful Pause” program for 13 weeks, so the recordings of those sessions will be circulated again during this week.

Book Club

An ongoing activity that will continue through Well-Being Week is a book club in which members read and discuss a well-being-related book. They’ve also done Watch Clubs where a team picks a show to watch.

Positive Photos

Seyfarth members have been invited to submit funny photos of their new “furry co-workers” (pets) that have been posted on an intranet website.

Photography Enthusiasts

Seyfarth recognizes that not only does their organization employ many well-traveled individuals, but many of them are quite skilled in their photography of those trips, landscapes and views.  They will ask people to submit their best pictures – and hopefully offer some peace to others through their lens.

Peloton Pack Ride

The Firm’s Peloton Pack group will schedule a ride for those that want to participate as a group.

Well-Being Education

Seyfarth will circulate an article or video each day on topics ranging from Stress Management, Leadership, Mental Health, etc. with an inspiring quote.

Benefits & EAP

Additional reminders will be shared to allow people to keep on top of the resources that are available to them.

 

Seyfarth is modeling resilience for the profession and we thank them for their participation in Well-Being Week! Can you tailor any of Seyfarth’s ideas to use in your own organization?

 

Well-Being Efforts Are Under Way In Utah

The Utah State Bar is celebrating Lawyer Well-Being Week as part of its overall commitment to well-being in the legal profession. In June 2019, the Utah Bar formed a permanent well-being committee to carry out the recommendations from the Report from the Utah Supreme Court’s Joint Task Force on Lawyer & Judge Well-Being. Since then, the Utah Bar has offered a host of well-being CLEs and other educational opportunities and  gathered data on lawyer and law student well-being to inform future efforts. The Bar is also working closely with Utah courts and bar regulators to innovate on ways to best support a healthy and thriving profession.

Here are some of the activities that the Utah Bar has planned for Well-Being Week and beyond:

Lawyer Well-Being Week Daily Challenge

On each day of Lawyer Well-Being Week, Utah will draw from the Bar Association Guide to provide each bar member with a link to an article, video, and activity that aligns with the dimension of well-being featured that day. These resources will also be promoted on the Utah Bar’s website and through social media channels.

Free Resilient Lawyer CLE Webinar Series

In the weeks leading up to Well-Being Week, Utah is offering a resilience webinar each week to help Utah lawyers remain successfully cope with the challenges of COVID-19 and the stresses of the profession.

Best Practices for Lawyers & Legal Employers, Phase 1

Kick starting well-being efforts can be challenging, so Utah’s well-being committee recently launched the first phase of its recommended best practices for both legal professionals and legal employers.

Mindfulness Mondays & Fridays

The Utah Bar is teaming up with the Mindfulness in Law Society to offer “Mindful Mondays” virtual guided meditations to Utah legal professionals. The Bar will also be offering a 30-minute meditation, movement, and mindfulness sampler via Zoom on Fridays.

Resource Launch

The Utah well-being committee is getting its own website to keep the Utah legal community up to date on well-being activities and to provide a library of resources. The committee hopes to launch during Well-Being Week.

Positive Gossip

The Utah Bar has asked its members to send in positive gossip about the great things that lawyers, judges, and staff are doing to help each other, clients, and the community during COVID-19. These positive reports will be shared with the community.

Lawyers Helping Lawyers & EAP

Utah will continue to share reminders of where members of the profession can seek confidential assistance if needed.

 

Congrats to the Utah Bar for blazing a lawyer well-being trail that other bar associations can follow!

 

Morgan Lewis Celebrates Lawyer Well-Being This Week (And Every Week)

For more than a year, Morgan Lewis has formalized its commitment to well-being through ML Well, a program designed to promote thriving among its lawyers and professional staff. The firm is looking forward to continuing this commitment with a virtual celebration of its inaugural Lawyer Well-Being Week!

Spotlighting Thriving Lawyers

Each day of Lawyer Well-Being Week, Morgan Lewis will spotlight a different lawyer from its diverse community who will share strategies for thriving that correspond to the Well-Being Week daily themes. By putting a face to well-being and promoting strategies practiced by its own personnel, the firm hopes to continue to inspire and keep its community connected, even while they have to be apart.

Well-Being Benefits and Resource Enhancements

Morgan Lewis recently rolled out multiple enhancements to its behavioral health benefits, including virtual therapists, psychiatrists, and nutritionist services through telehealth. Lawyer Well-Being Week presents a fitting opportunity for the firm to continue to promote awareness of these new benefits and help potential users understand the support available.

A Firmwide Culture of Gratitude

To celebrate the many incredible acts of kindness experienced across the firm during the COVID-19 pandemic, ML Well has launched a feature on the firm’s well-being portal allowing Morgan Lewis personnel to send virtual gratitude cards to one another. Similar to an earlier version of this initiative in which thousands of pieces of gratitude stationery were made available across our global offices, this virtual gratitude exercise has been wildly successful. To date, more than 1,100 virtual gratitude cards have been sent throughout the firm. Simple-but-impactful acts and activities like these are the hallmark of ML Well’s practical, science-based approach.

#WeAreMorganLewis Virtual Fitness Group: Spinning Worldwide!

Changes to the daily work environments can’t keep the Morgan Lewis community from exercising together! Lawyers and staff from around the globe will soon gather for a series of Peloton rides.

Emotional Health  

Emotional health is one of the core domains of well-being, and lawyers experience a disproportionate rate of emotional health issues. To respond to this challenge, ML Well has led a campaign to educate lawyers and staff about the signs, symptoms, and support strategies for some of the more common behavioral health challenges experienced by legal professionals, including anxiety disorder, substance misuse, depression, and burnout. This educational initiative will be promoted firmwide over the course of Lawyer Well-Being Week and Mental Health Awareness month, and made available on demand as an ongoing resource.

 

Let’s give a round of applause to Morgan Lewis for its commitment to well-being and innovative program!  What elements of ML Well could your own organization adopt?

 

TLAP Invites Texas Lawyers To Join A Week Of Well-Being-Boosting Activities

Texas’ Lawyer Assistance Program (TLAP) is planning a week of well-being activities for Lawyer Well-Being Week. Remote Zoom activities will include Mindfulness Monday, a “Being At Home Boot Camp” session on Tuesday, and Wednesday’s session about “Young Lawyer Well-Being During the Coronavirus.” Thursday will feature a Gratitude Extravaganza during which TLAP will anonymously share items of gratitude emailed to them from lawyers and law students across the state. For “Very Vulnerable Friday,” TLAP will anonymously share on Facebook stories of experience, strength and hope, including lawyer and law student stories of recovery from mental health and substance use problems.

The NY Bar Is Ready For Well-Being Week

The New York State Bar Association is ready for Lawyer Well-Being Week with a week-long plan for well-being activities. Each day will feature a new podcast on lawyer well-being on topics like systemic culture change, limiting beliefs, mindfulness, senior lawyer well-being, and stress and anxiety. A social media campaign sponsored by the Lawyer Assistance Program and the Well-Being Task Force will highlight the week’s daily well-being topics and provide links to resources and information. The May/June edition of the NY Bar Journal (available during Well-Being Week) will include feature articles on physical well-being and emotional and professional challenges during the COVID-19 crisis. The newly launched Attorney Well-Being webpage will continued to be updated to include recent information and resources.

 

Nevada Bar’s Well-Being Week Plans

The State Bar of Nevada is on board for Lawyer Well-Being Week, plannings activities or events for each day: .

Monday: Free 20-minute guided live meditation.

Tuesday: Town Hall – Finding Solutions: Psychological Wellness During the COVID-19 Crisis

Wednesday: Free Financial Wellness CLE, presented by ABA Retirement Funds

Thursday: Connect with your legal community by joining a section or local or county bar association

Friday: Free CLE –  Dealing with Adversity: Identifying and Harnessing Your Emotions

Benesch’s Activity-Filled Well-Being Week

Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP is proud to support the inaugural Lawyer Well-Being Week with a variety of offerings to the firm’s attorneys, paralegals, and professional staff. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has required a pivot to an entirely virtual and self-study approach, the firm remains committed to providing an experience that will educate and entertain the Benesch family.

Through daily emails, Benesch will share resources, activities, videos, and challenges to encourage its team to explore the six facets of total well-being. Activities include the following:

Daily Acts of Kindness, Well-Being Webinars, & Yoga

Each day of Well-Being Week, the firm will promote an act of “Kindness in the Workplace” as well as the daily ABA Well-Being Webinar created for Well-Being Week. The firm also will showcase one of its paralegals who is a licensed yoga instructor who will lead a different chair yoga flow each day by webinar and pre-recorded video.

Coloring Contest

The firm will distribute a custom-made mandala-style coloring page in the design of the firm’s logo and invite the team to color it in–an activity found by multiple studies to reduce anxiety. The page will be distributed on Monday with a deadline for completion of Thursday evening.  The winner will be awarded a gift card, and all submissions will be showcased on the firm intranet.

LAP CLE Programs

Working with local Lawyer Assistance Programs for each state in which the firm has offices, the firm has prepared CLE programs for each office.

Brain Breaks

The firm will encourage its team to take breaks during the day by providing a daily brain teaser – crossword puzzle, word search, Sudoku. The word search list consists of words relevant to the firm. The crossword puzzle answers are related to the various wellness activities and themes included during the week.

Read & Roundtable

The firm will share an article addressing well-being and invite team members to an online roundtable to discuss the article and share strategies for maintaining a healthy mind and body, especially during this pandemic.

Workshops

The firm will offer workshops titled “Your Personal Mission Statement” and “Using Your Strengths in the Workplace” (leveraging the VIA Assessment).

 

Good work Benesch! The firm has designed strategies that can be tailored to many different types of organizations. Which ones can you adopt for your own Well-Being Week program?

 

 

Oregon AAP Supports Well-Being Week

The Oregon Attorney Assistance Program (OAAP) is getting ready for Well-Being Week with plans for daily activities to engage Oregon lawyers:

Monday: OAAP attorney counselors will present a webinar to discuss dimensions of wellness and well-being resources.

Tuesday: A Kindness Challenge will invite lawyers to perform acts of kindness that will be shared on Friday.

Wednesday: Lawyers will be invited to share quotes or poems that inspire them.

Thursday: The activity will focus on social well-being—inviting lawyers for an informal, 30-minute discussion about how to create community connections.

Friday: OAAP’s blog will be devoted to lawyer well-being reflections and shared moments of kindness.

 

The OAAP provides a great example of how Lawyer Assistance Programs can get involved and contribute to Lawyer Well-Being Week!

 

Faegre Drinker’s Healthy Habit Challenge

Faegre Drinker is gearing up for Well-Being Week with plans for a 5-day Healthy Habit Challenge that piggy-backs on the firm’s year-round well-being initiative. The firm will challenge all of its members to try to adopt one new habit that’s aligned with one of the five dimensions of well-being featured during Well-Being Week. Each day, members will receive an email that explains that day’s well-being dimension, invites participation in a daily raffle, and issues a challenge that recommends well-being-related videos, articles, and activities (based on the Remote Participation Guide and social media post templates). By participating, members can earn points to spend in the firm’s online store filled with well-being-related goodies that also serve as prizes for year-round activities–e.g.,  yoga mats, activity trackers, water-proof ear buds, coaching sessions, standing desk, 3-month gym membership, etc. Members can keep earning points and winning during the entire month of May and points never expire. Winners receive a personal note of congratulations from a firm leader.

 

Congrats to Faegre Drinker for focusing attention on well-being through such a fun and practical program. Could your organization adopt the idea of regular well-being challenges?

 

Crowell & Moring Celebrates Well-Being Week

Crowell & Moring, LLP’s newly formed Well-Being Committee will host a wide array of activities to celebrate Well-Being Week:

Monday: The firm will start off the week with a “Walking Meeting Day” offering double points through its Healthy Living well-being program to encourage exercise while working. A number of firm leaders already have committed to “taking their internal meetings on the road.”

Tuesday:  Mindfulness and meditation exercises will be offered to the firm community.

Wednesday:  A Leadership Panel will talk with lawyers and staff about how to create, promote, and sustain a positive work environment.  The panel includes high-level firm leaders who will engage with the firm-wide community using videoconferencing to elaborate on how they have developed a positive workplace culture prior to and in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday: The firm will launch two workplace challenges to foster a deeper sense of community:  1)  asking colleagues to connect verbally or by video with someone they haven’t talked with since remote working began 2) write a thank you email or letter to a colleague.

Friday: A resilience webinar will offer strategies to the firm community as an opportunity to sustain well-being in these difficult times.

 

Engagement of top leadership is essential for success of well-being initiatives and Crowell has done a great job of spotlighting its leaders’ commitment to well-being. How can your organization’s leaders get more involved in the well-being movement?

 

 

Reed Smith Gets Ready For Well-Being Week

Reed Smith is proud to celebrate Lawyer Well-Being Week with activities led by the firm’s Wellness Works initiative, including virtual events to boost the physical, emotional and mental wellness of its lawyers.

Monday – Stay Strong: Lawyers will receive a virtual packet containing numerous ways to workout at home. As an added incentive, all lawyers will be entered into a raffle to win an annual, virtual-workout membership.

Tuesday – Align: Research shows that meditation can contribute to well-being and even promote healing. Lawyers will be encouraged to attend 10-minute meditation sessions that Wellness Works has curated, including meditations from Jon Krop of Mindfulness for Lawyers.

Wednesday – Engage & Grow: Lawyers will have the opportunity to learn about development opportunities through Reed Smith University and to find ways to re-kindle the personal satisfaction, growth and the enrichment they derive from their work during challenging times. Programs will include a session on career development and on how to manage a practice during times of uncertainty.

Thursday – Connect: Zoom workout sessions will be offered, including yoga, boot camp, barre, and HITT.

Friday – Feel Well: Brian Quinn, Education and Outreach Coordinator for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. will give a talk titled “A Lawyer’s Guide to Coping with Isolation, Anxiety and Fear in Uncertain Times.”

Also, throughout the month, Wellness Works will lead a Health & Wellness @ Home program for attorneys and professional staff, which will feature fitness, healthy eating (including Managing Stressful Eating During Lockdown), mental wellness (including a session titled Managing Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19). The month will round out with a focus on managing finances during the pandemic.

 

Good job, Reed Smith! The firm provides a good model for supporting lawyers and staff through these unusual times with virtual events and a continual focus on well-being.

 

Greensfelder Plans For Well-Being Week

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale’s Well-Being Committee is looking forward to spending a week focused on attorney well-being. Each day of Lawyer Well-Being Week, lawyers will receive an email explaining that day’s well-being dimension and offering something to watch, something to read, and something to do to focus on well-being that day. The firm has selected TED Talks, articles, and activities from the Remote Participation Guide and elsewhere that correspond to each day’s theme. Activities will include taking a meeting standing or walking, cooking a healthy recipe from the Greensfelder cookbook, connecting with a friend or colleague you haven’t talked to recently, doing a short meditation on the Headspace app, and thanking someone who made your life a little better in the last 30 days  Two special offerings include individual, laser-coaching sessions on Wednesday and a program on Reducing Stress and Building Resilience on Friday, both with Lauren Cohen. Lawyers who participate will have an opportunity to win gift cards or a well-being-related care package.

 

Applause for Greensfelder! Many small changes can accumulate into a transformation in lawyer well-being, and Greensfelder will offer many do-able strategies for lawyers to get started on a path to greater well-being.

 

 

Gibson Dunn Spotlights Well-Being

ABA Well-Being signatory Gibson Dunn will participate in Lawyer Wellbeing Week through a series of enhancements of existing wellness resources. Each day of Well-Being Week will feature action-oriented advice for fulfilling different components of well-being, consistent with the firm’s all-encompassing approach to wellness.

Tuesday–Work-Life Synergy and Physical Homeostasis: Because working remotely has created a number of postural dysfunctions, the firm will offer education on injury prevention in the workplace, including posture, balance, and flexibility.

passing approach to wellness.

Monday – Mindfulness and Stress Relief:  Gibson Dunn Wellness will be rolling out its “3, 2, 1 Start the Day” Wellness Journal on day one of Attorney Wellbeing week. This wellness journal focuses on gratitude, connection, purpose, and joy.  We will also be offering firm-wide meditation via our existing vendor, Journey Meditation, which includes 24.7 access to the Journey App. Monday is May 4th so we will also post a recipe for “Yoda Toast” in honor of Star Wars day.

Wednesday–Nutrition and Creativity: The firm’s Painted Plate campaign encourages individuals to tap into their creativity and add color to enhance snacks and meals. Each day of Well-Being Week will focus on foods that are different colors of the rainbow. Firm members will be encouraged to paint their plates and submit contributions to be entered into a raffle.

Thursday–Physical Fitness: The firm will offer three workout options to attorneys and staff. 1. Low impact stretch/workout for beginners. 2. Cardiovascular Interval workout. The workout is 30 minutes long and can be done as a running, elliptical, cycling or even walking workout. 3. Strength training workout, this full body workout will require no equipment to ensure all participants get the full benefits.

Friday–Stress Management and Sleep Health:The Gibson Dunn Wellness team will provide two presentations to cover stress management while working remotely and sleep health. The stress management presentation will address the stresses that come with working from home and give a toolkit on ways to manage these stresses. The presentation is 10 minutes long with a number of action items for participants to take part of throughout the week. The sleep health presentation will address the physiological benefits of sleep and risks of sleep deprivation. This presentation will also offer ways to improve sleep health.

What are you doing for Lawyer Well-Being Week?

We want to hear how you plan to be a Well-Being Champion. Are you planning any events or activities for Lawyer Well-Being Week? How are you getting your organization involved? Tell us below!