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It’s Wellness Wednesday once again. As always here are a few articles or resources aimed at informing you of ways to keep your mind and body sound as you advance your legal career!
First up this week, the San Diego County Bar Association has this blog post about meditation and its benefits. Attorney Rick Waite penned the article, describing the long-term benefits of meditation and mindfulness, and how those who practice daily are “more thoughtful, more patient and more accepting of themselves and others.” Check that out here.
Next, a pair of items from the American Bar Association. First, Ronda Muir looks at emotional intelligence for lawyers. Getting a better handle on your emotions and the feelings of others will “enhance… cognitive skills” and “upgrade performance,” Muir writes. Read that here (ABA membership is required).
Second, click here to learn more about the ABA’s 2019 national conference for lawyer assistance programs, which will be held in Austin, Texas, on September 24,-26. The agenda promises lots of programs on topics such as judicial stress, mentoring, aging attorneys, and more. Advance online registration closes soon.
Meanwhile, over at Law360, a LexisNexis company, reporter Michele Gorman digs into a paper by Georgetown Law professor Jarrod Reich on the economic benefits for firms that promote attorney wellness. Younger attorneys increasingly focus on work-life balance and flexible schedules, Gorman writes, and firms that promote mental health will have a leg-up in attracting younger talent. Read the article here.
And lastly this week, The American Lawyer has this profile of 3M’s corporate legal department, which “became the first in-house team to sign onto the American Bar Association’s mental health initiative.” The article looks at how 3M is implementing these efforts, including yoga sessions, walk breaks, and more for workers on its in-house legal team.
Check back next week for more Wellness Wednesday info!