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American Bar Association - Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice

Summer 2009

Vol. 5, No. 4

Practice Management

  • Daily Meditations for Lawyers
    By Greg Coffey and Maureen C. Kessler


Daily Meditations for Lawyers

The field of law is notorious for causing burnout and disillusionment, with many lawyers ultimately finding a loss of meaning and purpose in their lives. There are currently more than a million lawyers in the United States, and many attorneys express professional discontent and are seeking solutions. (Forty-four percent of attorneys surveyed by the ABA said they would not recommend the profession to a young person. The New York Times, 1/6/08).

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 refection related to that quotation. Each reflection deals with a commonly occurring issue in the lawyer’s personal and/or professional life, offering guidance and perspective, as well as concrete action steps for dealing with troublesome matters. The book contains very practical and solid advice, drawn from trusted wisdom literature, enlightened teachers, and the authors’ considerable personal and professional experience. Themes found in the book include overcoming fear, defining personal beliefs and values, maintaining integrity, personally defining success, dealing with difficult people, and common workplace challenges.

This is the only book of its kind written just for lawyers. Readers of this important book can reverse the burnout trend, and discover how easy it is to put energy and enthusiasm back into their career with this once-a-day meditation strategy. Lawyers might also appreciate the book as a gift as well. Special bulk pricing is available from the ABA.

Psychologist Greg Coffey and attorney-minister Maureen C. Kessler have coauthored a book which is sure to be of help to the legal professional. The Reflective Counselor: Daily Meditations for Lawyers, published by the American Bar Association, can help pressured attorneys and attorneys to-be to slow down, look around, and recall the noble impulses that brought them to the world of lawyering in the first place. The book also provides a readily accessible vehicle for the busy professional to find greater joy and meaning in the practice of law.

The Reflective Counselor: Daily Meditations for Lawyers will make your own lawyering more enjoyable, and can be a truly meaningful holiday or graduation gift for the lawyer or law student in your life. The book is available on Amazon and at the ABA website ( click “Best Sellers”).

Dr. Greg Coffey is a clinical psychologist who has been engaged in therapeutic practice for more than 25 years. Greg creatively utilizes proven cognitive behavioral techniques and short-term therapy to treat depression, anxiety, and all other manifestations of psychological distress and illness. Since 2001, he has been affiliated with Long Island Psychiatric, an organization which applies a team approach (psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, nurse, art therapist and social skills group leader) in dealing with emotional and behavioral disturbances. Maureen C. Kessler began her legal career as a corporate associate with Kelley, Drye & Warren in New York. In 1980, Maureen joined the Legal Department of Goldman, Sachs & Co., eventually becoming a Vice President and Associate General Counsel. Maureen remained with Goldman Sachs through 2002. While employed as a practicing attorney, Maureen attended Union Theological Seminary on a part-time basis. After graduation in 2001, she was ordained as a minister. Maureen has served as an interim associate pastor, and as a chaplain to the inmates of the Nassau County Correctional Center and the Juvenile Detention Center.

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