June 24, 2019 Ready Resources

Ready Resources in Mindfulness and Lawyer Well-Being

Searching for additional resources in mindfulness and lawyer well-being? Take a look at the ABA publications and CLE packages below, and check out the helpful links to website resources hosted by the GPSolo Division and the ABA. To order any of the products listed below, call the ABA Service Center at 800/285-2221 or visit our website at shopaba.org.

The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation

By Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford (ABA Book Publishing; 2016; 1620658; $29.95; ABA member price $24.95)

This book provides an eight-week introductory program on meditation and mindfulness, created by lawyers for lawyers. The program draws on examples from the authors’ professional and personal lives to create an accessible and enjoyable entry into practices that can reduce anxiety, improve focus and clarity, and enrich the quality of life.

The Best Lawyer You Can Be: A Guide to Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness

By Stewart Levine (ABA Law Practice Division; 2018; 5110825; $39.95; ABA member price $29.95)

It’s no secret that individual lawyers are under siege in a profession with a high incidence of stress, divorce, substance abuse, and suicide. In this groundbreaking multi-dimensional collection, you can find tools and information that enable you to have both a successful career and a happy, satisfied life.

Coaching for Attorneys: Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance

By Cami McLaren and Stephanie Finelli (ABA Dispute Resolution Section; 2013; 5100025; $49.95; ABA member price $44.95)

This book is designed to guide attorneys to a fully balanced life. Learn to practice law in innovative ways that will respect who you are as a person, bring excellence to your practice, and have you feeling better and working more productively.

Defining Moments: Insights into the Lawyer’s Soul

By Melanie Bragg (ABA Book Publishing; 2019; 1620777; $29.95; ABA member price $23.95)

This book serves as a road map for leadership and personal growth applicable to all audiences. The stories are told by a wide range of lawyers—past ABA presidents, judges, big-firm lawyers, small firm lawyers, and non-practicing lawyers. What they all have in common is that their ultimate success was driven by their defining moments.

The Fulfilled Lawyer

By Kathleen Paukert (ABA Book Publishing; 2014; 1620607; $49.95; ABA member price $44.95)

Chart your own personal journey for finding career fulfillment with this step-by-step guide that offers best advice for how you can do the same.

The Introverted Lawyer: A Seven-Step Journey Toward Authentically Empowered Advocacy

By Heidi K. Brown (ABA Book Publishing; 2017; 1620740; $17.95; ABA member price $14.35)

While naturally loquacious law professors, law students, lawyers, and judges thrive in a world dominated by the Socratic question-and-answer method and rapid-fire oral discourse, quiet thinkers and writers can be sidelined. This book illuminates the valuable gifts that introverted, shy, and socially anxious individuals bring to the legal profession—including active listening, deep thinking, empathy, impactful legal writing, creative problem solving, and thoughtful communication.

A Lawyer’s Guide to the Alexander Technique

By Karen G. Krueger (ABA Book Publishing; 2015; 1620689; $49.95; ABA member price $39.95)

The Alexander Technique can be explained very simply—it is a means to recognize and avoid common habits of body and mind that interfere with optimum functioning. The book explains how the Alexander Technique can help lawyers with the specific health and performance challenges that they face in their professional lives and includes a series of photographs that demonstrate both correct and incorrect posture as well as the exercises and techniques discussed in the book.

The Lawyer’s Light

By Kevin Chandler (ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and Senior Lawyers Division; 2014; 5460212; $39.95; ABA member price $29.95)

The author brings to light the various feelings that attorneys going through recovery may face. This book, providing daily quotes and meditations for one year—from judges, lawyers, and elder statesmen—offers comfort and provides reassurance to attorneys who may be dealing with a similar situation.

Never Enough: One Lawyer’s True Story of How He Gambled His Career Away

By Michael Burke (ABA Book Publishing; 2008; 1620382; $29.95; ABA member price $24.95)

This succinct, powerful book will open your eyes to the reality of gambling and alcohol addictions and what they can do to any professional’s life—even in the happiest and most successful situations.

Positive Professionals: Creating High-Performing Profitable Firms Through the Science of Engagement

By Anne Brafford (ABA Law Practice Division; 2017; 5110817; $44.95; ABA member price $33.70)

The science-backed strategies in this book are designed to foster full engagement by enhancing people’s experience of meaningful work, of feeling valued and valuable, and of growing and developing. The author’s well-researched business case convincingly demonstrates that greater engagement boosts not only individual well-being but also profitability, productivity, performance, retention of talent, and client satisfaction.

The Soul of the Law, 20th Anniversary Edition

By Benjamin Sells (ABA Book Publishing; 2013; 1620577; $29.95; ABA member price $24.95)

This essential resource examines the mentality that tears down lawyers and explains what’s gone wrong and why, offering ideas for bringing balance back into daily lives, society, and the law.

2019 Directory of State and Local Lawyer Assistance Programs

(ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs; 2019; 3190019PDF; $25)

This directory is a guide to state and local bar association lawyer assistance programs, which address personal impairments experienced by judges, lawyers, and law students. They are the contact for programs related to alcohol and drug dependencies, clinical depression, stress, gambling, marital and other domestic problems, and other personal issues. Also included is a listing of national assistance hotlines such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous.

Untangling Fear in Lawyering: A Four-Step Journey Toward Powerful Advocacy

By Heidi K. Brown (ABA Book Publishing; 2019; 1620772; $29.95; ABA member price $23.95)

This book is a practical resource for law students, lawyers, legal educators, and law practice mentors to eliminate unnecessary drivers of fear in our profession that impact learning, performance, and individual well-being. It discusses the reality, causes, manifestations, and consequences of fear in legal education and practice, from the standpoint of law students, junior attorneys, and clients. It analyzes fear from a cognitive, physical, and emotional perspective and draws guidance from how other industries address fear (and mistake making) in education and training.

Yoga for Lawyers: Mind-Body Techniques to Feel Better All the Time

By Hallie N. Love and Nathalie Martin (ABA Book Publishing; 2014; 1620610; $29.95; ABA member price $24.95)

Written by lawyers, this book is a gentle introductory approach grounded in scientific studies, scholarly research, and clear instructions, offering techniques that can be practiced at home, in the office, and even while taking a break in court. This book can help you improve your law practice by sharpening your ability to concentrate and bettering your overall state of mind and well-being.

GPSolo Division Links

“Mindfulness: A Simpler Way to Alleviate Attorney Stress,” GPSolo magazine, July/August 2017: tinyurl.com/yxlsy9xm

“Mindfulness 101: Clearing the Clutter in Your Brain,” GPSolo eReport, April 2019: tinyurl.com/y22mheh7

“Mindfulness 101: Getting Down to Basics,” GPSolo eReport, March 2019: tinyurl.com/yxbwtxx9

"Mindfulness 101: Happy for No Apparent Reason: The Path of Natural Awareness," GPSolo eReport, June 2019:  tinyurl.com/y4jj9vzl

“Mindfulness 101: Mindfulness in the Law—Fact or Fiction,” GPSolo eReport, August 2018: tinyurl.com/y6dfwegh

“Mindfulness 101: Tackle Your Inner Critic,” GPSolo eReport, February 2019: tinyurl.com/y4a9ct2f

Resource page for starting and running a law firm: tinyurl.com/clwojlp

Solo/Small Firm Forms Library: ambar.org/gpsoloforms

Sponsors page: tinyurl.com/y3gdcf7f

Other Links from the ABA

ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP): ambar.org/colap

CoLAP Cafe: abacolap.wordpress.com