Changes

Pledge to Make Changes This Year

It’s not too late to make changes. Yes, January 1 has come and gone, but changes need to be made all year. It doesn’t matter if you make resolutions at the end of January or in August. The key is…
Read More

Self-reflection

5 Self-Reflections for a Happy New Year

There’s too much to do before the end of the year. This is true; I’m not going to argue with you. However, I am going to add something else to your list. Don’t panic. I promise my suggested add-on will…
Read More

legal aid lawyers

A Thank You to Legal Aid Lawyers

It’s time to thank legal aid lawyers. The annual national Pro Bono Week (October 22nd-26th) has started. You probably think this blog is going to delve into why lawyers should do pro bono work. Think again. There is already plenty…
Read More

lawyer well-being

Lawyers Must Be Present in the Moment

If lawyers are not well and present in the moment, they cannot competently do their jobs. This was the clear message throughout the Mindfulness in Law Society’s 2018 national conference entitled, Mindfulness and the Path to Lawyer Well-Being. The conference…
Read More

stress management toolkit

Lawyers: Is Your Stress Management Toolkit Ready?

Stress and summer are words that should not go together. Summer should be about relaxing and recharging and maybe even a vacation. However, this year, fewer Americans (only 37% in 2018, down from 53% in 2017) say they can completely…
Read More

Time is now

The Time Is Now

“How was your day?” We all get asked this question regularly. However, besides billing our time, how many of us really pay attention to how we spend our time during the day? Why am I asking all these questions? Well,…
Read More

Court Patrons

Court Patrons Need to Be Heard

All Sally Smith wants is to be heard by the judge and the bank. Sally received court papers this month that the bank filed a foreclosure case against her. She lost her job six months ago and has not been…
Read More

Justice Gap

You Are the Answer to the Access to Justice Gap

“Stop asking what the answer is, be the answer.” Toussaint Romain, former Assistant Public Defender of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Defender’s Office, challenged all attendees with this statement at the end of the third annual Illinois Supreme Court Commission on…
Read More