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Professional Development

EQ: What It Is and Why It Matters

Presented by Ronda Muir, Rob Durr, and Kathy Morris

Note: This is not for CLE. Part of the free Career Development Series, a monthly webinar series featuring practical tips from legal career experts. Live webinars are free and open to the public. The recorded program and materials are exclusively for ABA members.


High emotional intelligence (EQ) can transform a good lawyer into a great one and effectively distinguish one lawyer from another.  Learn from two prominent authorities about why EQ is of critical importance, as they focus on:

  • What emotional intelligence is and how you can improve yours
  • Why EQ adds practical value for judgment, problem solving, and decision making
  • How EQ enhances collaborative workplace dynamics, profitability, and client service.
Display of emotions.

Display of emotions.


Ronda Muir, Founder and Principal of Law People Management, LLC, is one of the country’s leading authorities on lawyer personalities and the application of behavioral science to the legal workplace. Ronda was formally an attorney in New York at Davis Polk & Worrell, and Co-General Counsel for the TAG Group, based in Paris.  Ronda graduated with Distinction in Psychology from Swarthmore College, received a J.D. with Honors from the University of Texas Law School and a certificate in International Law from the London School of Economics. She is a frequent speaker, an award-winning author, and publishes

Rob Durr is a staff psychologist at Northwestern University, where he is the primary liaison to its Law School, providing clinical and educational services to help students develop emotional intelligence and other skills needed for a successful career in the law. Rob earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver, where he also provided clinical and business consulting services. He has a Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Arizona State, and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Southern Illinois University.


Kathy Morris, Founder, Under Advisement, Ltd, Chicago, IL and New York, NY

Video and Materials

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Materials include:

  1. Presentation Slides
  2. Beyond the “Blue Book”: Emotional Intelligence [EQ] Assessment as a Future Gatekeeper of Lawyer Effectiveness? – Dan DeFoe
  3. Emotional Intelligence for Lawyers – Ronda Muir
  4. The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Law Firm Partners – Ronda Muir
  5. Emotional Intelligence: Additional Resources