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Are you a Maximizer or a Satisficer? How to make happier choices

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The last time you bought a house or searched for a rental apartment, how did you choose, and how did you feel about your choice afterward? Psychologists studying the relationship between how we make choices and our life satisfaction have found that those who put the greatest effort into making choices are rewarded with less… Read More »

Categories: 2017 February Neuroscience, Firm Management, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Wellness, Wellness

Putting your best brain forward

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The success of books like Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Norman Doidge’s The Brain that Changes Itself, has brought discussion of neuroscience out of the medical lab and into everyday conversation. The potential for what we know about the brain to be used to our advantage in the business and professional realms has spurred a growing… Read More »

Categories: 2017 February Neuroscience, Features, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Wellness

Stress management for law students (2016)

We all know what law school stress looks like. Come exam time, we see its physical manifestations: the law student, hibernating in the law library, subsisting on a diet of coffee and candy, sits surrounded by mountains of books, empty cans of energy drinks and an arsenal of highlighters. We recognize the bloodshot eyes and… Read More »

Categories: 2016 Student Issue 4, Articles, Law students/new lawyers, New Lawyers, Student Issue, Wellness, Wellness

The day-to-day stresses and challenges of being a lawyer

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A sole practitioner and single mom is locked in a room in her house. Her young autistic son, outside the room, has put a chair up against the door to prevent it from opening. There is a lot of yelling and screaming. She calls 911 and the police arrive. One of the constables happens to… Read More »

Categories: 2015 September Blue Sky, Articles, Difficult clients, Legal Careers, Legal Technology, Wellness, Wellness

How unhealthy lawyers affect client service

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Almost all lawyers experience stress, but unless it becomes toxic, there is little risk to the client. Occasionally things get truly out of control. That’s when important deadlines are missed, communication with the client diminishes (or ends), and files languish. In extreme cases, the lawyer ‘pretends’ to practice by misrepresenting to the client that work… Read More »

Categories: 2015 September Blue Sky, Articles, Communications Errors, Conflicts of Interest, Firm Management, Inadequate Investigation, Time Management, Wellness, Wellness

Reading the signs: Stepping in when a colleague needs help

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As adults in the workplace, we usually strive to respect our coworkers’ privacy and autonomy. But it’s important to understand the difference between being nosy and being responsive. The taboos that accompany mental illness, substance abuse and interpersonal problems can make it difficult for workers to seek help when they need it. By reacting sensitively… Read More »

Categories: 2015 September Blue Sky, Articles, Wellness, Wellness

Being happier where you are, or getting to a better place


Lawyering is stressful. Lawyers expect to handle the pressures of solving individuals’ high-stakes, emotionally charged problems. What lawyers don’t necessarily anticipate is that they may suffer stress from being stuck in a work situation that is not their first choice. Competition for jobs may mean that a lawyer needs to accept work outside his or… Read More »

Categories: 2015 September Blue Sky, Articles, Legal Careers, Wellness, Wellness

Find your blue sky

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Some lawyers seem to thrive, having found their ideal practice, while others still search for their blue sky. Discovering your values is a journey. As children we are brought up with the values our parents instilled in us. In early adulthood we may have experiences that challenge those family values. Attending university and unfettered from… Read More »

Categories: 2015 September Blue Sky, Articles, Legal Careers, Wellness, Wellness
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