Effective and Ethical Management of Work-Related Stress for Attorneys

(1919 Ratings)

Produced on: June 21, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 65 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

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. 


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.

Reviews

DG
Daniel G.

Outstanding topic, expertly presented and discussed!

BB
Brigitte B.

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

MG
Matthew G.

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

JS
Jessica S.

Great program!

EM
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.

RB
Robert B.

well done.

SC
Siobhan C.

Great program with actual useful info!

AV
Alison v.

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

HW
Hal W.

Very good

PJ
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!

MV
Mary V.

Excellent

WS
William S.

Sometimes it is good to hear that you are not alone

PF
Patricia F.

Terrific presentation

AC
Allan C.

Well done

SR
Susan R.

Good program

CC
Candice C.

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

AC
Anne C.

Excellent tools offered to help stress.

JP
Jonathan P.

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

MC
Mary Lee C.

Impressive speaker. Think I will listen to him again.

JF
Jeremiah F.

Thanks, best cle ever. Seriously.

SC
Sandra C.

Thanks

SJ
Skye J.

Good course

DW
Danielle W.

Very thoughtful.

MP
Melissa P.

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

KF
Kevin F.

good

TS
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

CA
caleb a.

really practical and helpful

HA
Hirobumi A.

Good.

SA
Sharon A.

Very insightful presentation

PM
Paul M.

This was a very helpful program.

CG
Cindy G.

excellent presentation and useful content

TC
Tsion C.

Excellent tools!

JH
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.

VP
Vishal P.

Great strategies and tools for stress management.

AD
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

RM
raymond m.

VERY PRACTICAL VERY EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES ..SMART & COMPASSIONATE INSTRUCTOR

LW
Laura W.

Great presentation.

PT
Patrick T.

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

MO
Mary Jane D. O.

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

JS
Jana S.

Excellent!

RM
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.

NK
Nazar K.

Very good and helpful course.

SM
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.

GC
Gordon C.

Good program.

JF
John F.

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

TT
Troy T.

Excellent course!

HV
Henry V.

Outstanding

ES
Elizabeth S.

Very helpful.

JZ
Jennifer Z.

excellent presentation and information.. Very practical and helpful!

MM
Melanie M.

This was incredibly helpful. Thank you!

PH
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

RS
Ruth S.

Enjoyed the log suggestion!

NM
Natalie M.

Excellent work thank you!

EA
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

AW
Ann W.

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

DR
Deborah R.

Good info

SV
Sophia V.

Outstanding program and outstanding faculty. Thank you!

AL
Andrew L.

Excellent program and presenter.

JD
Joseph D.

Great topic. Great presentation.

AW
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.

NA
Natascia A.

thank you

NP
Nicholas P.

Exceeded Expectations!!

GG
Gail G.

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

AM
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

JO
Jane O.

Very helpful

SG
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

FB
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.

CT
Carol T.

Excellent course

BC
Bridget C.

Excellent lecture. Very important.

RB
richard b.

Simply fantastic and I speak as a former mental health practitioner

TK
Theodore K.

Excellent!

GZ
Gabrielle Z.

beneficial for new lawyers

SM
Sarah M.

Written notes very helpful.

BM
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.

IG
Iris G.

Excellent material. The examples were great.

KP
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

DS
David S.

Additional programs on this topic are encouraged.

CR
Chris 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

MB
Michael B.

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

KP
Kenneth P.

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

CK
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.

VJ
Virginia J.

An important topic! Thanks for addressing the issue,

JM
Joseph M.

The presenter was knowledgeable and caring.

SG
Shannon G.

Appreciate the clear explanation of stress vs. anxiety.

MP
Mark P.

Good

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