Ready Resources for Bumps in the Road

Searching for additional resources to help you handle your own bumps in the road? Take a look at the ABA publications below, and check out the helpful links to website resources hosted by the GPSolo Division, the ABA, and others. To order any of the books listed below, call the ABA Service Center at 800/285-2221 or visit our website at

Being Prepared: A Lawyer’s Guide for Dealing with Disability or Unexpected Events
By Lloyd D. Cohen and Debra Hart Cohen
(ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2008; PC 5150423; $104.95; GPSolo member price $89.95)
This essential workbook and guide will help you protect your law practice against casualty or other unexpected events. It is a “how to” workbook designed to lead you through a series of active and immediate steps aimed at establishing your protection plan.

The Creative Lawyer: A Practical Guide to Authentic Professional Satisfaction
By Michael F. Melcher
(ABA; 2007; PC 1610160; $39.95; ABA member price $34.95)
This self-help and career-management book is for lawyers of all levels of experience. Written by one of America’s leading career coaches who is himself an attorney, the book is a step-by-step method for imagining and realizing your path to personal and professional satisfaction.

Dealing with Stress
By George W. Kaufman
(ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2006; PC 5110527CHP51; $19.95)
This PDF chapter from the ABA book Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer, Fourth Edition, will help you learn to recognize the elements that constitute balance for you and the stresses that unfold when life feels out of balance. In addition, you’ll also find some tools you can use to keep stress within manageable limits and balance within bounds. A list of additional resources on work/life balance is also included.

Directory of State and Local Lawyer Assistance Programs 2008-2009
(ABA Division for Legal Services; 2008; PC 3190036; $45)
This updated directory from CoLAP lists state and local bar association programs addressing a range of personal problems experienced by lawyers. The Directory identifies more than 100 bar association committee chairs and program managers. They are the contact persons for programs related to alcohol or drug dependencies, clinical depression, stress, gambling, marital and other domestic problems, and other personal problems. A special listing identifies lawyer assistance hotlines, many of which are toll-free, as well as such resources as the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, the National Council on Alcoholism, International Lawyers in AA, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous.

How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times
By Sharon D. Nelson, James A. Calloway, and Ross Kodner
(ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2009; PC 5110695; $79.95)
Worried about the economy? Are you a lawyer out of work? Are you afraid you will be laid off? Are you struggling to manage your firm through a down economy? This single volume will provide you with a wealth of tips, resources, and tools to help you survive in bad times, as well as teach you management, finance, marketing, and technology essentials necessary to succeed.

Lawyer’s Guide to Balancing Life and Work, Second Edition
By George W. Kaufman
(ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2006; PC 5110566; $39.95)
Years of narrow focus, hard work, pressure, and endless striving for material rewards are the hallmark of many lawyers’ lives. Inside this essential guide, you’ll find dozens of exercises and tools designed to bring the balance—and passion—back into your life.

Lawyer’s Guide to Healing: Solutions for Addiction and Depression
By Don Carroll
(Hazelden Publishing and Educational Services, in conjunction with the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs; 2006; PC 3190033; $19.95)
This book is for lawyers who find law challenging, frustrating, or stressful—either a dream that must be pursued or a vision that cannot be ignored. This book offers insight into the addictive and emotional problems lawyers face and a special understanding of how we, as lawyers, become susceptible, get sick, and can seek help and recover.

Legal Ethics: The Lawyer’s Deskbook on Professional Responsibility, 2008-2009 Edition
By Ronald D. Rotunda and John S. Dzienkowski
(ABA and Thomson West; 2008; PC 1620400; $108)
This comprehensive volume on professional ethics gives you current information from a variety of sources. It is effectively organized around the American Bar Association’s Model Rules, which many states have adopted, and the ABA’s Judicial Code. This reference combines Rotunda and Dzienkowski’s thorough understanding of the current ethical climate with the authors’ all-encompassing commentary and discussions and references to the American Law Institute’s new Restatement of the Law, 3d—Law Governing Lawyers. It also contains up-to-date case law references.

Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 2009 Edition
(ABA Center for Professional Responsibility; 2009; PC 2150035; $19.95)
The 2009 Edition of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct will provide you with an up-to-date resource for information on lawyer ethics. The Rules, with some variations, have been adopted in 49 jurisdictions. Federal, state, and local courts in all jurisdictions look to the Rules for guidance in resolving lawyer malpractice cases, disciplinary actions, disqualification issues, sanctions questions, and much more.

Never Enough: One Lawyer’s True Story of How He Gambled His Career Away
By Michael J. Burke (ABA; 2008; PC 1620382; $29.95; ABA member price $24.95)
Never Enough is the shocking, true story of Michael J. Burke, who went from being a successful lawyer, loving father and husband, and respected member of his community to a closet alcoholic and gambling addict to the tune of $1.6 million, using clients’ trust account funds. This succinct, powerful book will open your eyes to the reality of gambling and alcohol addiction and what they can do to any professional’s life—even in the happiest and most successful of situations.

The Reflective Counselor: Daily Meditations for Lawyers
By Maureen C. Kessler and F. Gregory Coffey
(ABA; 2008; PC 1620072; $29.95; ABA member price $24.95)
This 376-page, meditation-a-day book is designed to help lawyers recover from spiritual bankruptcy. Each daily entry includes an introductory quotation, followed by a reflection inspired by that quotation. Themes found in the book include overcoming fear, personal beliefs and values, maintaining integrity, personally defining success, dealing with difficult people, and common workplace challenges.

Strategies for Helping the At-Risk Lawyer
By Nancy J. Geenen, Reba J. Nance, Dan Pinnington, Linda Miller Savitt, and Michael H. Smith (ABA Center for CLE; ABA Law Practice Management Section; ABA Section of Litigation; ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section; 2008; PC CET08SFHC; $150; ABA member price $135)
This audio CLE product shows you the most effective techniques for dealing with the difficult situations raised by four common “at-risk” scenarios: a “bully” lawyer treating staff badly; a senior partner with failing billings; substance abuse/addiction; and depression/mental illness. Included are two audio CDs and printed course materials. Running time: 90 minutes; credit hours: 1.5.

Substance Abuse in Law Schools: A Tool Kit for Law School Administrators
By Orgena Lewis Singleton, Alfred “Cal” Baker, and Elizabeth Escobar
(ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs; 2006; PC 3190032; $55)
The Tool Kit is the result of an initiative of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. Its purpose is to provide law school administrators (student service professionals) with a user-friendly resource guide for addressing substance abuse issues and mental health problems within their schools.

Time Management for Attorneys: A Lawyer’s Guide to Decreasing Stress, Eliminating Interruptions and Getting Home on Time
(ABA Section of Family Law; 2008; PC 5130157; $79.95)
This easy-to-use guide compiles a host of time-tested techniques, real-life examples, exercises, and client case studies designed to help you take control, gain more freedom, and manage your time well. Also included is a CD containing more than 50 practice-specific forms.

GPSolo Division Links
Quality of Life Resources page:
Sponsors page, featuring links to resources on liability insurance, practice management aids, and more:

Other Links from the ABA
ABA Center for Professional Responsibility website:
ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) home page:
ABA Economic Recovery Resources page:
ABA Law Practice Management Section’s resource links for practice management issues:

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