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On March 13, 2019

Book Review: The Lawyers’ Light, Daily Meditations for Growth and Recovery

By: Dawn M. Rose, LAP Contributing Author As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are heading.”  In a profession structured around countless appointments, malleable goals, and billable hours, one essential practice to keep us headed in the right direction
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On February 11, 2019

Alateen – Recovery for the Whole Family

By: Kevin M. Kelly, LAP Contributing Author I recently received the Karl Rolewick award from Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP), an award recognizing those who volunteer in the area of addictions recovery.  I would like to thank LAP for the award. I am very honored and humbled at the same time. I have been a LAP
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On January 25, 2019

What Can You Buy for $10?

By Tony Pacione, LAP Deputy Director, LCSW, CADC  Ten dollars can’t buy you much in today’s economy, but the Illinois Lawyer’s Assistance Program (LAP) provides a lot for ten bucks!  The amount of $10 is contributed to LAP from each registered attorney’s annual licensing fee.  Let’s examine the return on that investment.   Value and Access Value
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On December 17, 2018

Sucession Planning and the Coming Senior Tsunami

By John Cesario, Senior Counsel, Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, LAP Contributing Author Illinois is expected to see a dramatic rise in the number of attorneys over 65 years of age engaged in the practice of law over the next 10 to 15 years.  This situation will present some challenges to the bench and
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On November 28, 2018

WHY I VOLUNTEER – What Being Part of LAP Means

WHY I VOLUNTEER – What Being Part of LAP Means Tracy L. Kepler I have received way more out of my involvement with the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program [IL LAP] than I have ever given. I think a little background might help…it all started way back in 2000.  I was a new lawyer at the
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On November 27, 2018

The Building Blocks of Resilience: Growth Mindset (Part 3)

The Building Blocks of Resilience: Growth Mindset (Part 3) I wrote in the first two parts of this series about two foundational elements of resilience: grit and mindfulness. Staying power, passionate pursuit of goals, and mindfulness are essential for any lawyer who hopes to find success in the legal practice. Resilience, however, is not only
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On November 16, 2018

What is PMBR and does it relate to YOU?

By Christine P. Anderson, Director of Probation and Lawyer Deferral Services, Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission Can you believe that over 40% of Illinois solo practitioners do not maintain malpractice insurance?  Can you also believe that more than 77% of Illinois solo practitioners do not have a succession plan for their law practices? A
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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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