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2017 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs

October 17-19 at the Kansas City Marriott in Kansas City, Missouri

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The Mindful Practice of Law and Attorney Well-Being

CLE program at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami, FL

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 9:15 to 10:15 am 

Fierce & Gritty: Resilience Training for Lawyers

An ABA Free CLE Series Webinar

December 19, 2016
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

As lawyers, many people depend on us to be at our best. This includes our clients, who depend on us to guide, help, and protect them. It also includes our families and friends, for whom we want to be our best selves. Developing resilience is critical for lawyers to maintain fitness to practice and to avoid running afoul of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct or applicable state rules. We need to be able to bounce back quickly from setbacks, face challenges with a positive perspective, and feel energized rather than depleted. Fortunately, resilience is a collection of competencies that can be developed. This webinar will provide a general overview of how to build resilience, including strategies taught by the U.S. Army to soldiers in combat. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of our paneled experts.

The learning objectives for this ABA Free CLE Series include the following:

  • Provide an overview of factors and competencies that contribute to resilience
  • Understand the scientific evidence that resilience competencies are positively associated with well-being and business outcomes, such as engagement and retention
  • Learn at least one skill that contributes to resilience

Panelists:                            Moderator:

Anne Mary Brafford                Nancy Stek

Martha Knudson

ABA Sponsors:

ABA Legal Career Central
Center for Professional Development
Center for Professional Responsibility
Commission On Disability Rights
Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs
Criminal Justice Section
Health Law Section
Law Practice Division Attorney Well-being Committee
Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants
Section of Family Law
Section of Litigation Minority Trial Lawyers Committee
Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Committee
Young Lawyers Division Fit2Practice Wellness Initiative

Other Co-Sponsors:

Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL)
National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC)

The World of Student Loan Debt: Understanding Options for You, Clients, and Employees 

January 17, 2016 
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Student loans are a common way to fund educational pursuits, however, the recent numbers regarding debt are staggering. $1.2 trillion- the total U.S. Student Debt figure; $3,000- the amount of student debt that is accrued every second; and $33,000- the average amount of student debt for a 2014 graduate. Join our panel of experts as they address these facts and figures to provide methods for controlling college debt. Attendees will learn about the various student loan programs for law school and how to compare them (provisions, benefits, and pitfalls) as well as understanding the implications of the current landscape of one student loan option. Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and the controversy surrounding the retroactive revised Department of Education policy will also be discussed. 

Join our panel as they discuss important issues such as:

  • How to decide on the best options to pay off loans,
  • What programs available for assistance,
  • Which employers are eligible for PSLF,
  • How to compare plans.


  • (Moderator) Kenneth Goldsmith/ Legislative Counsel and Director of State Legislation/ American Bar Association, Governmental Affairs Office/ Washington, DC
  • Ashley Matthews/ Program Manager/ Equal Justice Works/ Washington, DC
  • Joshua Cohen/ Student Loan Lawyer/ Cohen Consumer Law, PLC/ West Dover, VT
  • Radhika Singh Miller/ Director of the Civil Legal Aid Initiative/ National Legal Aid & Defender Association/ Washington, DC
Panel Presentation at 2016 NCBP

Panel presentation on 8/5/2016 addressing the National Conference of Bar Presidents: Problems in our Profession Exposed in National CoLAP and Hazelden Study: Substance Use, Depression and Anxiety Among Lawyers

Pictured left-to-right: Raul Ayala (CoLAP Advisory Committee), Bree Buchanan (CoLAP Advisory Committee), Terry Harrell (CoLAP Chair)



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