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To my fellow attorneys, a “legal acts of kindness” pep talk is long overdue. Just like Kid President’s famous pep talk, attorneys also need to find ways to make the world more awesome. And, since we celebrated World Kindness Day this week, legal acts of kindness are exactly what’s needed. World Kindness Day has been observed annually on November 13 since 1998. This day was started by the World Kindness Movement (WKM), a not-for-profit organization that consists of 27 nations, including the U.S. The purpose of World Kindness Day is to make the world a better place by celebrating…
Law student well-being is just another way for millennials to get out of work. Is it just me or is that statement a bit harsh? Yet, I’ve recently heard it a handful of times from lawyers. Go ahead, label me as “soft” or a “tree hugger”; but I’m an attorney and I believe the notion that younger generations of lawyers need to “grin and bear it” like the rest of us isn’t working. As we’ve discussed on this blog before, the legal profession has a wellness problem. Law Student Well-Being Data The pivotal 2016 American Bar Association and Hazelden
I’ve been thinking a lot about the state of diversity in the legal profession. Naturally, I’m asking questions of myself and others. How can I act to improve diversity? And will it matter? Though efforts are being made, the racial makeup of the legal profession hasn’t budged much in the past decade. Moreover, the discrepancy between the diversity of the legal profession and the general population is alarming. According to the 2019 ABA Profile of the Legal Profession, 5% of all lawyers are African American — the same number as 10 years earlier. However, the U.S. population is 13.4%…
Deadlines rule lawyers’ schedules whether they like it or not. For Illinois lawyers (last name N-Z) there is an important deadline coming up on June 30, 2019. The upcoming deadline is to report compliance with the 2017-2019 MCLE reporting period. No pressure, but there is under a month to go! Deadline Requirements Hopefully, this deadline and the MCLE requirements are not a surprise to you. As a quick refresher, the Illinois MCLE requirement is 30 hours of credit, including at least six hours of professional responsibility (PR) credit (in the areas of professionalism, civility, ethics, diversity and inclusion and mental…
Women’s History Month should be a time of celebration, so I’m not going to be a Debbie Downer. If you look at statistics on women in the workplace, though, it’s tempting. The number of women at every level in corporate America has barely moved over the last four year. This stagnation is occurring as more and more companies say they’re committing to gender diversity. The legal profession is no better. Over the last 12 years, the number of women equity partners has increased from 15 percent to just 20 percent. Okay, I’m being a Debbie Downer, so I’m going to…
It’s not too late to make changes. Yes, January 1 has come and gone, but changes need to be made all year. It doesn’t matter if you make resolutions at the end of January or in August. The key is to make changes when things aren’t working. Changes Are Happening Attorney well-being hasn’t been working for a while. We’ve discussed the high rate of substance abuse and mental health issues among attorneys in prior blogs. You can’t sweep this reality under the carpet. Luckily for the legal community, there are people working hard to implement the recommended changes from…
There’s too much to do before the end of the year. This is true; I’m not going to argue with you. However, I am going to add something else to your list. Don’t panic. I promise my suggested add-on will make everything else more manageable. Before the end of the year, I suggest some self-reflection. Why Self-Reflect? Harry Kraemer, professor of management and strategy at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, asserts that productivity demands self-reflection. No matter how 2018 has gone, a lot has happened over the past 365 days. You can choose to push it all under the…