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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Serving Yourself Better Serves the Legal Profession

For many of us, the holidays are a time of rest and renewal. For others, a time of professional or personal stress. All of us should take the time to remind ourselves that serving our well-being should remain of highest priority.  Earlier this year,…
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law student wellness

Become A Happy, Healthy Lawyer: 3 Wellness Tips For Law Students

With August coming to a close, law schools are officially back in session. In Illinois, the Commission on Professionalism welcomed 1Ls at seven of the nine local law schools. At each Professionalism Orientation, Justices, Judges, Deans, facilitators, Commissioners, and even our very own…
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resilience

Bouncing Back: the Value of Resilience

In reading about lawyers’ mental health, I keep running across the word “resilience.” What is resilience and why is it important to lawyers? Resilience is Important to Everyone The definition of resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. …
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law student wellness

Here’s the Secret to Law Student Wellness

I attend a lot of legal profession awards and I always see the same thing. No matter the occasion or award, no matter how extensive the professional accomplishments, every awardee ends his or her speech with the same thank you’s…
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work-life balance

Work-Life Balance Is Possible

As we start a new year, our thoughts naturally go to new beginnings. And if you’re anything like me, pretty much every year you re-commit to goals of achieving better work-life balance. New Year’s resolutions haven’t traditionally lasted long for…
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Why Law Firms Need to Increase Attorney Engagement

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of presenting at the National Association of Legal Professionals Professional Development Institute. NALP-PDI brings together legal professionals from across the country, and world, who focus on law student and attorney development. Among many others,…
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Slowness Moment

A Case For Slowness In The Legal Profession

The ancient Greeks had two words to express the notion of time: chronos and kairos. The former was used to connote chronological time, and the latter was used to connote a qualitatively different kind of time– a moment of indeterminate…
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Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness Practice In Law Firms

Last week, I attended the NALP Professional Development Institute in Washington D.C. It was an educational and engaging two days interacting with some of the best minds in legal education and professional development. Topics ranged from online learning to strategic…
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