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Effective and Ethical Management of Work-Related Stress for Attorneys

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Course Information

Time 65 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Categories Ethics

Course Description

Work-related stress is a daily feature in the life of a lawyer, especially a young lawyer. Poorly managed, stress may adversely affect you professionally and ethically, as well as personally. Yet, many believe that stress is more akin to an “occupational hazard” to be survived rather than something that not only can be actively managed, but can, in fact, become growth enhancing.

In this program, Joel G. Kosman, a lawyer and psychotherapist working primarily with lawyers, examines the many professional and ethical implications of poorly managed work-related stress, including a close look at a recent study published by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and a review of the relevant ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Designed with the circumstances of more junior lawyers particularly in mind, Mr. Kosman provides key insights into the “stressed out” brain and details a concrete, individualized path to follow to improve how attorneys respond to work-related stress. Step-by-step, he shows you how to develop a deeper understanding of your “stress cycles” and how to use that understanding to alter your behavior and thinking to promote a healthier response to the intense challenges of being a lawyer.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the professional and ethical implications of poorly managed work-related stress, with a particular focus on junior attorneys
  2. Develop a deeper understanding of your own “stress response,” and acquire a systematic method to effectively manage your work-related stress
  3. Implement general strategies to respond in a healthy manner to the intense challenges of being a lawyer


This webinar is for educational and informational purposes only, it does not constitute medical or mental health advice, and is not a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, mental-health professional, or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health condition. 


Credit Information

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Faculty

Joel Kosman

Kosman Therapy

Following a 20-year law career, Joel is currently a licensed psychotherapist working principally with lawyers and young professionals.  He also has significant experience counseling law school students.  Among many other areas, he has worked with his clients to address issues surrounding stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, work/academic performance, procrastination, time management, and a further variety of life and identity issues. To learn more about Joel and his practice, please visit his website at www.kosmantherapy.com

Joel graduated from Swarthmore College, and, after a year in banking, enrolled at the New York University School of Law.  Over the course of his legal career, he worked at a Big Law firm, a small "boutique" law firm and as an Assistant District Attorney for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He also clerked for a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, and taught at NYU, New York Law School, and Columbia Law School.



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Richard S.

even better than I imagined. lots of takeaways!

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Monica H.

Such a soothing voice!! Bravo!!

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Brian F.

This one should be mandatory

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Marsha W.

Very valuable, for attorneys at all levels.

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Alexandra W.

Excellent course, and well taught.

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Garrett L S.

I am a seasoned attorney and wish I had had this available when I was much younger. Excellent presentation.

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Carl F.

Brilliant!

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Mark G.

Excellent presentation. Wish I had this course 20 years earlier. Recommend highly for those motivated to learn.

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Theresa C.

Great presentation.

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Alison B.

Helpful ideas

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Daren W.

Excellent presentation

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Steve M.

Nice to be given tools to manage stress,

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Jaime Alejandro T.

This is a great program, as I believe that most attorneys are under significant stress, and a number of us (me included) suffer from anxiety. This program exceeded my expectations and provided good tips and examples of day to day situations which are very common in the legal practice.

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Laura F.

Excellent information and a great resource for individuals in such a highly stressful work environment. Excellent attention to detail presented.

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Maureen H.

Very needed in our profession. Excellent and practical content. The best presentation I have seen to date addressing these pervasive issues. Thank you.

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Carolyn H.

Great course. Critical topic and should be mandatory for all.

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JENNIFER H.

Great course. Important subject.

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Deborah P.

I am not new to the topic, but was surprised at how helpful this was. The presenter is very engaging and some of the tools were very practical.

JK
John K.

Great stuff!!!!

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James G.

Helpful

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Robyn W.

This should be mandatory for any associate regardless of years practicing.

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Charlotte J.

Informative and important presentation

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Nishit P.

LOVED THIS COURSE!

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Ajay S.

Thank you

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Catherine H.

The instructor was great, informative and a really nice manner, thanks

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Alice D.

Excellent presentation. Calming, even

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Yoshisuke Y.

This was the first time I have taken this kind of a CLE course. It was very informative.

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Edward W.

This fellow tells it like it is. This should be a required course in law school.

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Scott B.

This program was great and would be especially helpful for younger attorneys. The instructor was personable and kept my interest, and he offered good, practical solutions.

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Marissa C.

Excellent instructor. Very helpful tools for managing stress.

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Selwyn B.

Great class

JH
Jill H.

Very important topic - foundational to healthy living and law practice.

DR
Derek R.

Thoughtful comments and strategies

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Roger B.

Excellent

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Theodore P.

Wonderful presentation!

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Wendy S.

Excellent program!

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Myrna T.

I liked his practical techniques

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Mark G.

The best presenter that I've seen on Lawline. Great job on this difficult topic.

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Janet r.

interesting course-valuable to anyone

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Anna Hui T.

Great examples of strategies & exercises to increase self-awareness & self-help of stressful work situations in practice of law as well as elsewhere.

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Andre O.

Keep up the good job

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Joanna R.

This was a useful and wonderful program!

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Seth F.

A very calm and comprehensive look at the very real subject to attorney stress and the many issues that result therefrom. References to brain chemistry and Buddhism make it a very poignant talk

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Don A.

I wish this course had been available when I was a young, stressed-out associate!!

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Steven S.

very technical and thorough.

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Jane S.

Terrific program

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Jean Hee P.

What a relevant CLE course! I wish something like this was available to me when I was first starting out my legal career.

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Clayton H.

Best CLE I've ever taken. Both the content and the presenter were phenomenal.

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Silvia C.

Excellent course.

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Clarissa C.

Excellent program - recommending to my legal team -- especially the junior lawyers!

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Stacie H.

Excellent use of slides- simple, core term/concept listed. Great presenter with useful suggestions.

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Kimberly H.

Excellent course with some strategies I can implement immediately. Thank you!

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Andrew V.

I might listen to this again as a practical matter, credits aside

JB
Jaimi B.

I would recommend this to EVERYONE. Very informative and helpful.

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Stephen M.

Useful insights into stress.

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Isabeth G.

clear, understood how stress affects lawyers, did so w/ compassion, empathy.

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Melanie M.

I found this course super helpful and relevant for my work and personal work-life balance and perspective. I highly recommend it. Thank you!

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Peter F.

Very good class.

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Stephane M.

Not just a CLE course, but a great life lesson on transcendence. HIGHLY recommended.

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Jacqueline C.

Extremely helpful; lots of practical information.

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Allison A.

Excellent program

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Kathryn J.

this was a very good course

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Michelle K.

Very enjoyable and helpful techniques for stress.

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Patrick W.

This guy is great. Did not expect this program to be this good. Nice job.

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Kenneth F.

Best CLE ever. Should be annual required viewing for all lawyers. Thank you.

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Mark K.

Excellent program. Thank you.

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Teresa S.

excellent

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John Scot E.

Great topic, great presentation both content and speaker. Thanks!

BC
Brenda C.

Excellent material not just for ones work life but for everyday living.

MD
Margaret D.

I will definitely watch this again!

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Colleen W.

The program was interesting and helpful.

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Raychel C.

Thank you for acknowledging this issue in our practice. I am glad to see there are some classes being offered on stress/anxiety management.

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lisa s.

great job!

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Heather N.

Very good and practical advice

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David L.

Good ideas and ways to approach stress- useful and practical.

KB
Konstantinos B.

thanks

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HYUNJI S.

Helpful!

CB
Cheryl B.

Gave some great tips on how to get out of negative thinking.

AL
alan l.

Very rewarding. Fabulous presentation. Impressive gentleman.

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Michael H.

Wonderful Speaker and Lecturer who could easily translate his experiences to other attorneys in practice. A+++++++

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Eric L.

Effective program and speaker.

JW
Janetta W.

Excellent practical advise and an actual method to use to get results.

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Bonnie S.

Excellent program and speaker

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Maria Y.

Thought provoking discussion

JF
James F.

Excellent

DG
Dawn G.

Enjoyed.

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Eileen M.

Very informative!

NC
Nancy C.

Excellent program

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Daniel G.

Outstanding topic, expertly presented and discussed!

BB
Brigitte B.

This is one of the best CLEs I have ever watched.

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Matthew G.

Joel is an exceptional communicator. I very much enjoyed his talk and his advice.

JS
Jessica S.

Great program!

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Elizabeth M.

Excellent subject matter and presentation. Easy way to get substance abuse hour because it was very interesting how he discussed the way the brain works regarding stress and offered practical ways of handling stress.

BB
Barbara B.

Great speaker; very informative presentation.

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Robert B.

well done.

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Siobhan C.

Great program with actual useful info!

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Alison v.

Could not have appreciated this course more: great content, insightful suggestions, and concrete steps. Bravo!

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Hal W.

Very good

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Per J.

I appreciate Lawline courses generally, but I believe this is one of the most valuable courses, both professionally and personally, that I have taken. Thank you, Mr. Kosman!

JA
Janine A.

Excellent!

MB
Mary B.

Excellent

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William S.

Sometimes it is good to hear that you are not alone

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Patricia F.

Terrific presentation

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Allan C.

Well done

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Susan R.

Good program

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Candice C.

I enjoyed this seminar more than I expected. I found it to be highly applicable.

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Anne C.

Excellent tools offered to help stress.

JP
Jonathan P.

Best one I saw/heard (so far) with the package

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Mary Lee C.

Impressive speaker. Think I will listen to him again.

JF
Jeremiah F.

Thanks, best cle ever. Seriously.

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Sandra C.

Thanks

SJ
Skye J.

Good course

DW
Danielle W.

Very thoughtful.

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Melissa P.

This was the most helpful CLE I have ever watched. Thank you!

KF
Kevin F.

good

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Thomas S.

This is a very important topic and one that normally gets no attention. Thanks for presenting this course.

MF
Melissa F.

Well organized, good examples, helpful techniques

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caleb a.

really practical and helpful

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Hirobumi A.

Good.

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Sharon A.

Very insightful presentation

PM
Paul M.

This was a very helpful program.

CG
Cindy G.

excellent presentation and useful content

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Tsion C.

Excellent tools!

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Jakki H.

Truly fantastic course. We forget the importance of connection in times of stress. Mr. Kosman did a great job of emphasizing tha t

JH
J. Donald H.

Wonderful program - well presented and compelling.

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Vishal P.

Great strategies and tools for stress management.

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Anthony D.

I enjoyed the hands on exercise and intend to put the chart to use in 2019 to help with my stress related issues. Excellent seminar

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raymond m.

VERY PRACTICAL VERY EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES ..SMART & COMPASSIONATE INSTRUCTOR

LW
Laura W.

Great presentation.

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Patrick T.

I found this presentation to be very practical, constructive, and useful

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Mary Jane D. O.

Extremely worthwhile presentation. Should be mandatory for all attorneys, especially BIGLAW associates.

JS
Jana S.

Excellent!

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Randi M.

I am not a new lawyer by any stretch, nor am I under a lot of stress in my practice at this stage of my career; however, I found this to be an excellent program and very instructive - full of useful, practical suggestions I want and plan to implement in my daily work life.

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Nazar K.

Very good and helpful course.

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Sharon M.

One of THE best in content, usefulness, and presentation. Lucky peeps who work with him. He is a wonderful “professor”- wish he had been one of mine!

KL
Kevin L.

Some helpful strategies to dealing with stress.

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Gordon C.

Good program.

JF
John F.

The presenter was excellent. He really understood the issues and explained them very well.

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Troy T.

Excellent course!

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Henry V.

Outstanding

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Elizabeth S.

Very helpful.

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Jennifer Z.

excellent presentation and information.. Very practical and helpful!

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Melanie M.

This was incredibly helpful. Thank you!

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patricia h.

I really enjoyed this course and will take with me some of the lessons learned to control my reactions to stress.

JH
John H.

Joel Kosman's presentation was most informative. I appreciated his candor and example based method. Thank you.

KC
Kimberly C.

Liked his experience and background for this subject matter.

MB
Mark B.

the course was very informative

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Ruth S.

Enjoyed the log suggestion!

NM
Natalie M.

Excellent work thank you!

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Elisa A.

Very practical advice on a most important topic. The seminar was presented in an empathetic way. Well done.

LC
Lisa C.

Very timely presentation and useful info

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Ann W.

This is a worthwhile discussion and I would highly recommend this seminar to all practitioners.

DR
Deborah R.

Good info

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Sophia V.

Outstanding program and outstanding faculty. Thank you!

AL
Andrew L.

Excellent program and presenter.

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Joseph D.

Great topic. Great presentation.

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Ann W.

Very practical course. Liked the fact that used examples to demonstrate techniques presented to deal with stress.

JM
Jayme M.

This was excellent.

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Natascia A.

thank you

NP
Nicholas P.

Exceeded Expectations!!

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Gail G.

Great presentation. Wish I had this available 30 years ago.

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Andrew M.

Provided a practical tool!

JS
Jennifer S.

Very Interesting!!

JB
James B.

This, or this subject, should be mandatory for all lawyers.

SE
Susan E.

Very good presentation with useful tips that can be implemented right away.

DG
Denise G.

Helpful information.

TC
Tanya C.

very good

DM
Doreen M.

I found the strategies discussed very pertinent and helpful! I will likely listen to this program again.

JM
John M.

well done

MD
Micheal D.

Really good tips and strategies for attorneys at all levels.

RD
Rebekah D.

Thank you

SS
Stephanie S.

very informative.

KK
Kenneth K.

enjoyed the speakers style

JS
James S.

This program dealt with an important topic in a sympathetic but empowering way.

CK
Carolynne K.

Great

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Jane O.

Very helpful

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Sarah G.

Valuable information. Well done.

LC
Linda C.

this lecture was great, very helpful about how to deal with stress in all aspects of life, not only that caused by the legal profession

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Francis B.

Over the years, I've listened to many talks that were supposed to help attorneys deal with stress. This may be the first with actionable suggestions. Great job. I'd like to hear more by this speaker.

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Carol T.

Excellent course

BC
Bridget C.

Excellent lecture. Very important.

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richard b.

Simply fantastic and I speak as a former mental health practitioner

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Theodore K.

Excellent!

GZ
Gabrielle Z.

beneficial for new lawyers

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Sarah M.

Written notes very helpful.

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Bruce M.

Great presenter and important topic. I plan on watching this seminar several times to more fully digest the speaker's advise. I would definitely welcome more seminars relating to addressing/managing stress.

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Iris G.

Excellent material. The examples were great.

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Kali P.

This is one of the best CLE programs I have taken--it was engaging, informative and productive. I particularly appreciated the instructor's compassion and realistic approach.

KB
Kirsten B.

Excellent

WK
William K.

Very important course looking at the issue wholistically

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David S.

Additional programs on this topic are encouraged.

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R. Christopher R.

I cannot get enough of this program and only was sorry that it was only an hour because it felt like we just scratched the surface.

RJ
Rachel J.

Soothing voice; appreciate the practical concrete suggestions, particularly the awareness log

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Michael B.

this course was the best course i've taken on this subject matter ever!!!

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Kenneth P.

This was an outstanding program, with excellent practical and intellectual insights.

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Cynthia K.

Excellent! I'm so glad Lawline added this to your offered courses. It's very important but the law profession has always ignored the stress and anxiety aspects of practice and encouraged a "toughen up" mentality. Please add another course or 2 like this one.

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Virginia J.

An important topic! Thanks for addressing the issue,

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Joseph M.

The presenter was knowledgeable and caring.

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Shannon G.

Appreciate the clear explanation of stress vs. anxiety.

MP
Mark P.

Good

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