May 01, 2015

GP Mentor: Helping a Colleague over the Bumps

Rodney S. Dowell

The life of the sole practitioner and small firm attorney is full of challenges. The daily grind of running a law office; getting clients to pay; implementing practice management tools to prevent malpractice and disciplinary problems; dealing with family issues; paying law school debt, mortgages, and college tuition; and the many other daily life issues that weigh on us can overwhelm the positives of a legal practice and contribute to issues that negatively affect us. Besides these daily stresses, it is often reported that almost twice as many attorneys have drinking problems compared to the general population, one-quarter of attorneys who have practiced 20-plus years abuse alcohol, and lawyers have the highest rate of depression among 105 occupations examined (above 10 percent).

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