Mindfulness for Attorneys

MINDFULNESS CLE: 1 HR ETHICS

How Mindfulness Can Help You Avoid Legal Burnout, Continue to Competently Perform Legal Services, and Remain Ethically Compliant

As attorneys, chronic stress is often a part of our job. If we do not effectively manage chronic stress, however, it has the potential to cripple our productivity levels. Chronic stress can also make it physically, mentally, and emotionally impossible to advocate for our clients and communicate with them effectively and competently. Further, we run the risk of violating the rules of professional conduct, such as Rules 1.1, 1.3, and 1.4, which we will discuss during this webinar.


Instituting even one or two minutes of meditation and mindfulness into our daily routines can have immediate and far-reaching benefits in our professional and personal lives. Become your best self now. Join us as we demystify meditation and focus on the basics of mindfulness: what it is and is not, how to do it, and how to maximize its benefits. 


We will delve into specific methods of integrating mindfulness into your day-to-day law practice.  According to Professor Peter H. Huang of University of Colorado Law School, “Law students, lawyers, and law professors should try practicing mindfulness to see if they improve their legal decision-making, ethics and leadership.”  


You will be empowered to:

• Protect yourself from burnout

• Improve focus and boost your overall productivity and efficiency 

• Curb anxiety and stress through quick, effective “spot treatments”

• Use mindfulness to enhance ethical and reflective decision-making as opposed to acting rashly and later feeling regret for poorly chosen words and actions


You will learn how mindfulness can improve civility in the profession:

• What is mindfulness?

• Scientific basis

• Discussion of professionalism and civility guidelines and principles

• How integrating mindfulness into the legal setting can improve civility in the profession.


You will learn how mindfulness helps you stay ethically compliant:

• Mindfulness as a means to improve productivity, focus, and concentration in order to represent a client competently, diligently, and communicate with them promptly.

• Discussion of MRPC 1.1 and 1.3 (Diligence), ethical opinions, and caselaw

• Elements of Mindful Communication will teach you how to better understand your client’s objectives and keep your client reasonably informed so they can make informed decisions. 

• Discussion of MRPC 1.4 (Communications), ethical opinions, and caselaw

• When we are faced with the daily pressures of a law practice, our decision-making may become clouded. This can lead to ethical disaster, as well as to self-destructive behavior such as substance abuse. 

• This segment focuses on how a mindfulness practice can alleviate stress and anxiety so you can prevent legal burnout and remain ethically compliant. 

 

SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER CLE: 1 HR ETHICS

Cheers to a Mindful New Year: How to Overcome Substance Use Disorder and Avoid Legal Ethics Issues

The ABA and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s (ABA/HBFF) groundbreaking 2016 study confirmed devastatingly high rates of both mental health concerns and substance abuse amongst lawyers. For example, between 21-36% of attorneys qualify as problem drinkers—3-5x higher than the general population. Moreover, 25-30% of attorney disciplinary matters, 60% of all malpractice claims, and 85% of all trust-fund violation cases were caused by a lawyer’s substance-use disorder issues.

Even though the problem is pervasive in the legal community, most lawyers aren’t equipped to seek help if in distress or to have sensitive conversations with those who need help. In fact, the ABA/HBFF’s 2016 study indicated that 93% of attorneys did not receive help for alcohol or other drug abuse. As we struggle to cope with life in post-COVID-19 world, lawyers are particularly vulnerable to worsened mental health and substance abuse issues.

In this eye-opening program, veteran attorney Cindy Sharp will share her struggles with alcohol, reveal how she got sober, and how she has remained alcohol free for over 11 years.  Attorney and certified meditation instructor Becky Howlett will share her perspectives on the issues and provide practical tips for reducing stress and anxiety in your professional practice and personal life.

In this timely program, you will learn:

  • What is a Highly Functioning Alcoholic Attorney (HFAA)

  • Why we must eliminate the stigma surrounding substance use disorder

  • How to detect the warning signs of impairment

  • Ethical rules to consider: MRPC 1.1 - Competence and MRPC 1.3 - Diligence

  • Ethical duties of the law partner of an impaired attorney

  • Treatment options and other resources to consider

  • Mindfulness as a tool for resilience, stress release, and relapse prevention

 

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