In the course of our careers, co-worker relationships can become some of the closest connections we may have in life. We get to know our co-workers, often on a quite personal level, when we work closely with them. In many cases, we may spend more time with them than we do with our own families. And, sometimes, we may notice that things are off with a colleague. We sense that something may be going on, but we’re not sure if we’re misreading the situation or if it is our place to say or do anything. The onset of depression may be something we suspect but that we may not know if or how to approach.Statistically, one in four women and one in 10 men can expect to develop depression at some point in their lives. These statistics are based on those who self-report. In actuality, men are likely just as susceptible as women are to depression, but men are often more loathe to name, accept, or admit their feelings, preferring instead to “act like a man” and “suck it … [Read more...] about The Lawyer Therapist: Can I help a colleague with depression?
Depressed just want to sleep
It’s that time of year again. Eager, young, talented, passionate, driven minds converge on law schools across Canada to begin what they hope will be a rewarding and exciting journey in the legal profession. This cohort represents the best of the best of the undergraduate population. They have mastered the daunting task of accumulating the stratospheric marks necessary for admission into the very exclusive club that is law school. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, it is and it isn’t. As most who have been down this path before know, law school teaches one how to “think like a lawyer,” how to distinguish similar cases, how to effectively and succinctly advocate positions on either side of an issue and how to master subjects from contracts to constitutional law. All of this is in service of gaining the necessary expertise to become a successful lawyer — a member of an honoured and (mostly) respected profession. However, as study upon study has … [Read more...] about The Lawyer Therapist: Law school doesn’t have to make you sick
When Larry Lessig lost his very first case before the U.S. Supreme Court last January, his immediate reaction was to take it personally.The day after the decision came down in Eldred v. Ashcroft, 537 U.S. 186 (Jan. 15), Lessig was despondent, frustrated and unable to sleep.He noted on his Web site that someone had written, “‘Larry lost Eldred, 7-2.’ Yes, no matter what is said, that is how I will always view this case. … To have failed to get the court to see it is my failing.”The well-respected Stanford University law professor thought he had gone to the court with an easy argument defending a simple principle. But the argument he was making would have upended American copyright law, something the nation’s top judicial body was clearly not ready to do. During oral arguments, Justice Stephen G. Breyer worried aloud that if Lessig prevailed, “The chaos that would ensue would be horrendous.” And he was one of the two … [Read more...] about The Education of Larry Lessig
Not surprisingly, this experience triggered major anxiety for Meyerhofer, who often found himself "curled up in a ball, crying, losing it." Even after he left the profession, he had panic dreams about being back at the firm.Meyerhofer's experience is not unique. A 1990 Johns Hopkins University study examined more than 100 occupations for anxiety-related issues and found that lawyers suffer from depression at a rate 3.6 times that of the other professions studied. A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study—based on data from 1984-1998—concluded that white male lawyers are more likely to turn to suicide than nonlawyer professionals. Falling Through the Cracks, a 2014 survey of Yale Law School students, found that 70 percent of them have struggled with mental health issues during their time at law school."The official number is that something like a gazillion lawyers are stressed out, and that amounts to a bajillion percent of the profession," observes … [Read more...] about How lawyers can avoid burnout and debilitating anxiety
Podcast TranscriptStephanie Francis Ward: If you’re in trial or closing a deal, you might think you’re too busy to exercise–but have you thought about squeezing in 10-minute workouts a few times a day?Sharon McDowell-Larsen: When someone says ‘I never have time’ the question is always, never? I say even if you have ten minutes, ten minutes is better than nothing.Stephanie Francis Ward: I’m Stephanie Francis Ward, and when we return, I’ll ask my guests how it works.Announcer: This ABA Journal podcast is brought to you by WestlawNext, the legal platform chosen by over 40,000 legal organizations for the tradition of editorial excellence combined with the most advanced technology. Learn more at WestlawNext.com.Stephanie Francis Ward: I’m here with two Olympic-level exercise physiologists who coach executives on health and fitness. Sharon McDowell-Larsen was a researcher with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sports Science Division, and … [Read more...] about On-the-go lawyer’s guide to keeping fit and healthy (podcast with transcript)
On the morning of Dec. 7, 2009, Daniel Noble went to his usual Starbucks coffee shop in Moscow, Idaho, wearing only pajamas and flip-flops, without his wallet or cellphone, and ordered two 16-ounce double-shot drinks. After downing them, the 31-year-old financial consultant drove to meet his wife, who worked across the state border at Washington State University.On his way, he struck two college students and fled the scene. The police chased and captured Noble after a scuffle that ended with an officer using a Taser on him. He was charged with vehicular assault, hit-and-run driving and resisting arrest.He was also taken to the hospital—where Noble’s family convened, along with defense attorney Mark Moorer of Moscow, to puzzle over the morning’s events. “He was a mainstream, strait-laced, no-record, no-problem type of guy who one day flipped the switch,” Moorer says of his client.While at the hospital Moorer, a former prosecutor, learned from the local … [Read more...] about Killer Buzz: Caffeine Intoxication Is Now Evidence for an Insanity Plea
Note: This month’s CLE, “A Storm Brews Over Wind Power,” was on Wednesday, Feb. 17.It is a bright mid-September day. Hal and Judy Graham are sitting in the living room of their restored 19th century farmhouse, which looks out over the still-green rolling hills near Cohocton, a rural community in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.The pastoral view is punctuated by two 420-foot-high structures. The sleek towers, almost alien in appearance, are wind turbines. One of them stands 1,000 feet from the farmhouse, on a neighbor’s property. The second is 2,000 feet away on the Grahams’ own land.On this afternoon in the late summer of 2009, the twin Goliaths are still. One was shut down last winter after a flurry of attempted repairs, and the other has unaccountably been shut down for just a couple of days. But the Grahams expect it to be only a temporary respite. When the winds are high and the turbines are spinning fast, “it sounds like a jet … [Read more...] about The War of Winds
Few people know more than Indiana attorney Jonathan Faber about the actual worth of being famous these days. He’s certainly been committed to the field work.He’s played guitar in the living room of rock ’n’ roll legend Chuck Berry, dodged paparazzi to meet with representatives of Princess Diana’s estate, and given a presentation to an audience of four-star generals after the U.S. military received an inquiry about putting the image of Gen. George S. Patton in a commercial.Faber, whose office is in Shelbyville, outside of Indianapolis, has been involved in making licensing deals on behalf of celebrity clients and their estates that have paved the way to many of the most memorable advertisements in recent years.He did the licensing work that led to a Lipton Iced Tea commercial featuring an animated Reggie Jackson, a Johns Hopkins spot with a reanimated Ella Fitzgerald (through existing footage and digital alteration) performing with a modern-day jazz band, … [Read more...] about What’s in a Name?
Over the years, I have come to notice that certain times of year present certain patterns regarding what concerns or bothers my clients. December and January clients are concerned with isolation, February, March and April clients want to look for a new job. And I find that come May, June and July clients are particularly distracted, hyper-aware and concerned about procrastination.And so, given that we are in the midst of the summer, with all her ripe temptations for fun and procrastination, I thought I would dedicate the next TuffTawk segment to understanding procrastination and focusing on its root causes.So let's start by understanding what TRIGGERS PROCRASTINATION.1) Procrastination can be triggered by CLUTTER. Many of the attorneys I work with have offices that most hoarders would be envious of. Piles and piles of papers, and files and articles and things and more things. Many of them are "pile hoarders." Reality is that office clutter creates visual and mental … [Read more...] about Legal Professionals: Conquering Procrastination
In the midst of the great depression, when American moral was at its lowest, Shirley Temple lit up the big screens. The 1930s were filled with her precious face and catching voice. Shirley Temple was America’s child and demonstrated the sprit that American’s wanted to possess. As she graced film-to-film and caused smile after smile, childhood obesity was one of the last things on the minds of her fellow Americans. Because of the Great Depression and the fear of a lack of food on the table, her vitality and health likely inspired viewers, rather than concerned them.Despite Shirley’s following, the first childhood obesity clinic was founded in America at Columbia University in 1930s. Hilde Bruch was a German physician who was shocked by the size and weight of children in America, when she arrived in 1934. Her obesity clinic was innovative and beyond the times. Today, however, America is faced with such a problem with childhood obesity that Bruch now seems … [Read more...] about The 1/3: Childhood Obesity in the Twenty First Century