June 24, 2019 Feature

The Promise of Self-Compassion for Solos

Christy Cassisa and Kristin Neff

Justin Ortiz (a fictional solo attorney) felt heavy and immobilized. He was sitting at his desk early Monday morning, beginning to review his to-do list for the day. With equal parts shame, panic, and dread, he reread the notice from the court that he’d lost his motion for summary judgment in the Smith case. His stomach sank into his shoes, a feeling of despondence settled into his bones. He couldn’t believe he’d lost. He thought to himself, “I am such an incompetent lawyer—I never should have gone to law school! Clearly I suck at research and my writing is even worse.”

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