Serving Yourself Better Serves the Legal Profession

serving yourself lawyer wellnessFor 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, the ABA’s National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being released a number of health and wellness recommendations for the profession after reports frequently indicated lawyers were not adequately serving themselves. For example, the report found that between 21 and 36 percent of attorneys qualify as problem drinkers. In addition to substance abuse, 19 to 28 percent of lawyers deal with some degree of depression, anxiety, and stress. We need to do better as a profession. 

Through our weekly blog posts, news items, monthly e-newsletter, and our educational programming, the Commission pledges to provide the legal community with more insight into health and wellness tips for organizations and individuals, showcase how legal professionals can incorporate mindfulness exercises into their daily routines, promote upcoming service opportunities for lawyers, and remind practicing attorneys of the core values that make the law more than just a career, but a profession. 

With the health and wellness of our profession at stake, we all must take a moment to breathe. As you take the time to pause, look at some of the wellness and service-minded resources we provided last month, and a few pieces that challenged our team to think differently: 

Health and Wellness Require Serving Yourself 

Content That Inspires Change 

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Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Erika is the former Communications Specialist for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She successfully developed strategies to increase 2Civility’s social presence across channels. As a recent graduate of Bradley University, Erika received her Bachelor of Arts studying Public Relations and Social Media Marketing where her passion for writing and brand development took flight. Outside of the office, Erika works to develop her own personal brand as she takes on Chicago for the first time having grown up just outside of the Greater St. Louis area. Though she may not be accustomed to the deep dish pizza as a Celiac, she has found the Windy City to be quite accommodating to her active lifestyle as a runner and fitness fanatic.
Erika Kubik

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