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On October 9, 2018

Mobilizing for a Purpose after a Legal Career “Ends”

First female Presiding Judge of a Cook County district Court in 1992; retiring from the bench in 1999; inspiring and influencing change artistry everyday—meet Sheila Murphy, shifting the paradigm in Illinois by demonstrating the crucial role and purpose of judges and lawyers as lifelong civil servants within the communities we serve. Murphy’s work spans service
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On August 27, 2018

There is No Shame in Asking for Help

Melissa O’Neill, LCSW Director of Clinical Operations, Timberline Knolls Stress, in and of itself, is not bad. High-achieving individuals in the law profession often thrive under a modicum of pressure; however, too much of any good thing is, in fact, too much. Most people know of the dangers involved with maladaptive coping strategies such as
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On July 30, 2018

Strategically Approach CLE’s – Give Yourself the Gift of Learning

Megan Moore, Director of Programs, Illinois Institute of Continuing Education Let’s go back in time for a moment to your elementary school days. Remember when the teacher wheeled in a tall cart with a television or a reel-to-reel projector (depending on your age)? Remember when someone came into the classroom to talk to you about
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On July 6, 2018

LAP Annual Training a Success

With over 300 people in attendance the 2018 LAP Annual Training is a continued success. The day’s programming was simulcasted between two locations, Carbondale and Chicago, Illinois. The day’s agenda covers important and timely topics for our legal community such as: identifying mental health and substance abuse disorders amongst colleagues; confidentiality and immunity; managing difficult
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On July 5, 2018

Book Review: The Center Cannot Hold, A Counselor’s Memoir

Book Review by Charles D. Mockbee IV Saks, Elyn R., The Center Cannot Hold:  My Journey Through Madness, Hachette Books, 2015. Attorneys have long been referred to in many ways:  lawyer, advocate, counselor.  Elyn R. Saks’ book details her voyage to becoming an attorney and captures her diagnosis of schizophrenia through vivid recollections from her
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On June 21, 2018

The Building Blocks of Resilience: Mindfulness (Part 2)

I wrote in the first part of this series about how one of the true foundational elements of resilience is grit.  Staying power, passionate pursuit and deliberate practice and effort are essential for any lawyer who hopes to find success in the legal practice. Resilience, however, is not only about the ability to bounce back
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On April 11, 2018

“A Profession in Crisis – We Stepping up to the Plate for our Colleagues Recognizing, Understanding, and Referring a Colleague in Need”

As lawyers, we are a vulnerable population.  Recent studies have confirmed that the overwhelming stress that is commonplace in our legal profession disproportionately results in attorneys suffering levels of depression, anxiety, addiction, and other serious issues at rates much higher than those seen in the general population.[1] Statistics collected by the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program,
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On February 23, 2018

The Building Blocks of Resilience: Grit (Part 1)

Resilience—that is, the ability to bounce back in the face of setbacks—is essential for any lawyer who hopes to find success and well-being in the legal practice. Forget merely surviving, with resilience, you can actually thrive. For lawyers, thriving is a goal that is often hard won. As a 2017 report on lawyer well-being shows,
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On December 1, 2017

Weightlifting for Lawyers

Book Review by Gerald Cassioppi Healy, Ph.D., Shawn & Fortrang, Ph.D., Jeffrey, The Full Weight of the Law: How Legal Professionals Can Recognize and Rebound from Depression, ABA Publishing, American Bar Association, 2017. The authors, Drs. Shawn Healy and Jeffrey Fortrang, both have the appropriate and significant credentials, including experience with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers,
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