To help manage your mood and health through this COVID winter, the advice offered by many mental health specialists is to fully accept and understand the current reality.
Practice Area: Law Practice Management
It is well known that lawyers are exposed to the trauma that their clients experience and disproportionately suffer from high levels of depression and substance use compared to social workers, mental health professionals and doctors. These were among several key takeaways from Dr. Kerry O’Hara, Psy.D. (DBT Wellness & Psychological Services) on the recent CLE … Continued
Everyone needs to market their services in order to be found.
While many attorneys both new and experienced find rich and fulfilling careers joining an existing law firm, many also make the bold decision to branch out and build their own law firm from scratch. Starting your own business can be simultaneously exciting and nerve-racking. It requires careful planning and commitment to get off to a … Continued
For a lawyer, trying to sign up a client should feel like you’re helping someone and not like you’re selling a car. Being a salesperson is not sleazy; it is necessary if you want to make a living, said Carol Schiro Greenwald at the recent CLE Webinar, “Presenting Your Best ‘You’ To Your Best Prospects.” … Continued
As a practicing attorney and licensed psychologist, I have observed many of my attorney colleagues who have suffered with anxiety and depression. However, acknowledgement of their suffering has been somewhat taboo. It is for this reason, when I was asked to be a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Attorney … Continued
The definition of “culture,” according to Merriam-Webster, is the “set of values, conventions, or social practices associated with a particular field, activity, or societal characteristic.” Put more simply, culture is the way we operate. It is defined by our behaviors, not our mission or business statements. In looking at the culture of the legal profession, … Continued
Being a lawyer is stressful in the best of times. Rates of mental illness, fatigue, substance use and other health issues are higher for those in the law than in any other profession. I recognize this firsthand, as the profession has exacted a physical toll on me. I am a Type 2 diabetic who takes … Continued
One day over lunch, I was speaking to a lawyer friend about the spoken and unspoken pressures and unrealistic expectations inherent in the culture of law. As a clinical psychologist, I was struck by all the ways in which lawyers’ brains are trained, the unrealistic expectations they often have of themselves and the personal sacrifices … Continued
When you think about your practice, the most important part is your clients. And now is the perfect time to connect and reconnect with clients. Carol Schiro Greenwald, Ph.D., discussed simple ways to effectively connect and communicate with clients on the recent CLE webinar, “Do Your Clients Know You Care?” Greenwald said that as COVID-19 … Continued