Legal Profession Community Listening Sessions
Please join Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL), Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP), the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) for support sessions for legal professionals.
These support sessions are intended to be a safe and open space where members can share, listen, support, and acknowledge those experiencing trauma, pain, fatigue, and emotional distress. There are sessions that are open to all, open to Black legal professionals, and sessions for all people of color.
If there is sufficient interest, additional sessions may be scheduled. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in future sessions.
Join us for a celebration of LCL’s 45 years of providing help & hope to the legal profession. The Honorable Donovan Frank will emcee the event with a very special keynote address by ABA President Patricia Refo. Click here for invitation details.
APRIL CLE: The Neuroscience of Addiction
For centuries, society has grappled with the problem of addiction and the behaviors exhibited by addicts and alcoholics. Is it a disease or merely bad behavior? If it’s behavior, then why don’t they just stop? In the past few decades, advances in medical imaging have provided the medical and psychiatric fields with an improved understanding of the effects of addictive substances on the human brain. This program reviews key findings and discusses how these new insights can lead us to a better understanding of addiction as a disease, better treatment options, and perhaps even better outcomes in legal proceedings.
1 hr elimination of bias credit (applied for). Register in advance here.
Thursday, April 22, 4:00 — 5:00 p.m.
LCL CONNECTION GROUPS
LCL offers two check-in and support opportunities each week via Zoom videoconferencing. Click LCL LCL Resources and Connections April for more information and joining instructions.
- The Path to Well-Being Group, Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Lawyers in Transition: Career Challenges and Change, meets from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. on the first Monday (Apr 5), and from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. on all other Mondays (Apr 12, 19, 26).
Recovery Support Meetings
LCL has a long history of supporting recovery through many avenues, although our roots are in the 12 Step tradition. While these listed groups are not “official” LCL groups, LCL does provide space and technological support for these weekly Recovery Support meetings.
Mondays, except holidays, at 12:15 p.m. via phone temporarily. This meeting follows the traditional 12 Steps framework. Call 651-646-5590 or 866-525-6466 or email us for information.
NEW! Resilience in Recovery Group
This group is a positive support network for adult men and women at all stages of substance use recovery working or being educated in the legal profession. The goal of the gatherings would be to focus on gaining strength in one’s individual goals related to recovery. Participants engaged in medication-assisted recovery are welcomed to attend. Additionally, clients are not required to have any previous substance use treatment experience. A sincere desire for abstinence will be the most successful in this group. To register for this group or for more information, contact Jill Carlson, MA LPCC.
The Resilience in Recovery Group meets the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month
2nd Thursday at 4:00 p.m.: March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8
4th Friday at 10:30 a.m.: March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23
As reported here, the ABA today released a comprehensive report in the 2020 Journal of The Professional Lawyer which “survey[ed] more than 1,000 judges across the United States suggests job stress has become a serious health concern in the state judicial ranks, with about one-third or more reporting fatigue and low energy, sleep disturbance or disturbed attention and concentration.”
“The report, Stress and Resiliency in the U.S. Judiciary, is considered the most comprehensive review of well-being of its kind for the judicial ranks and builds on an ABA 2016 study of lawyer well-being and a separate law student well-being study that same year.” (View Source on ABA Website)
The report is co-authored by LCL Executive Director Joan Bibelhausen.
Lawyers are often on the “frontline” of political controversies both local and national. Unfortunately, these controversies haven’t ended with the New Year. If you’re suffering from stress or anxiety relating to current events, click here for helpful advice.
We are juggling multiple demands, we are facing, or helping clients who are facing trauma, and we are working and living in challenging times. Attention to the breath, a key to mindfulness practices, has taken on new meaning since the death of George Floyd. This article discusses the importance of in-the-moment awareness to our well-being.
LCL COVID-19 RESOURCES
LCL is committed to supporting well-being in these challenging times. We have created two documents to offer support and information. COVID-19 and Well-Being offers selected and vetted resources. LCL Online and Remote Support and Recovery Resources offers links to meetings and many other options. Home is Where the Health is provides links to positive remote and virtual experiences to support us as we work and thrive from home. We are available to take your calls.
- Sand Creek EAP Frontline Employee Newsletter
- Sand Creek EAP Frontline Supervisor Newsletter
- Sand Creek EAP Hot Topic: Coping with Stress
Sand Creek EAP provides numerous resources covering a wide range of topics on its website. You can set up your own free account and access them on your own schedule. Click here to visit their site. Click the “My Life Expert Login” button to sign in or create your new account. When creating your account, use “lawyers” as the Company Access Code.
Managing Your Time While Working Remotely
Wednesday, April 14th
12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. CST
Remote work is becoming the new normal, and projections are that it will continue long after Covid, but it does present some unique time management challenges. Join us to learn how to remain focused and effective in this new work environment.