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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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Time is now

The Time Is Now

Most things in the world are not equal for everyone. The amount of time in a day is an exception. We all get 24 hours each day. How do you regularly spend this time and are you spending it the…
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gratitude

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Gratitude

A simple thank you can have a big impact. I saw this firsthand at the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism recently. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the Commission sent a short gratitude e-newsletter to the lawyers on its mailing list…
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