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A Mindfulness Break for Lawyers

Started Mar 1, 2021

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Course Description

Lawyers are busy people and the practice of law is a deadline-driven profession that requires critical thinking and emotional intelligence. Because of the profession’s demands, attorneys are often driven to perfectionism and judgmental habits of mind. One of the side effects of being in a stressful legal job is that practitioners often experience higher levels of depression than the general population. The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being’s 2017 report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, called on the legal profession and academy to do more to alleviate the alarming levels of substance abuse, addiction, and mental-health issues among attorneys.

This short course on mindfulness will introduce you to the concept of mindfulness, which is intentionally staying in the present moment without judgment. The time you spend on the course will help you to explore ways that mindfulness can help you to be a healthier and more successful lawyer. This course is the first step toward breaking the dysfunctional stress/reactor loop to which lawyers so often fall prey.

Estimated Time to Complete

45 minutes

Instructions for Successful Completion

Participants have unlimited time to complete the course after registration.

Registrations may not be transferred to another person or to another course, workshop, or program.

Course Instructor

Filippa Anzalone, JD, MSLS

Filippa Anzalone, JD, MSLS
Professor and Associate Dean for Library and Technology Services
Boston College Law School

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