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.
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.
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.
this was the best course I ever watched!!!!! congratulations
A very informative and helpful presentation. Thank you very much. Excellent!
Great presentation, well organized and delivered
Enlightening. From this lecture I was somehow comforted that anxiety and stress is something that is common in our profession and that we all sometimes feel drowning in it. So this helped to remind us we need to help ourselves to help others. Thank you
Really good program.
This is a real problem in the legal community
I have been a customer of Lawline for several years. This is the best presentation I have seen. Outstanding.
This was one of the most helpful Lawline courses I've taken. It was full of practical strategies for managing stress (or should I say avoiding anxiety?). My only complaint is that the speaker's mic picked up his loud, frequent gulps of water throughout the program, which was incredibly irritating.
Excellent presenter, very useful information. Thank you!
this is the best CLE course. excellent
Important content that is immediately useful at work and in relationships. Very positive and insightful, practical.
A very effective and caring speaker.
Great tools and suggestions .
The most helpful course I didnt know I needed.
Most useful ethics CLE I've ever taken
Best course yet. Effective speaker with useful tips. This is useful to any lawyer, not just junior lawyers at big law firms as marketed.
This was very valuable. I particularly appreciated an attorney, working as a health care worker, sharing his skills. Excellent course!
Good coverage of the topic. Would have been nice to do live - with some real-time feedback.
Excellent course and instructor!!!
Very good information to help you to control and mitigate anxiety and stress inherent in the practice of law.
I will try to incorporate the presenters suggestions into my behavior.
One of the classes I would consider referring back to in the future.
Thank you. This was most helpful and assuring. I great significant insight and now have tools to try.
Great discussion on how to deal with stress by using a growth mindset to change your perspective and find the positivies in yourself and your situation.
Very well presented and very helpful and useful information.,
Should be mandatory for all new attorneys
Thank you for providing valuable tips and techniques-- this is such an important topic and I'm so appreciative for your seminar!
Very good and helpful presentation.
I found this CLE class one of the most useful and on point that I have ever listened to. The speaker was not only knowledgeable but he discussed the materials in a simple and easy to follow order. I would love to see more CLE courses given by him. Thank you for this course it was both informative and thought provoking.
Best CLE i ever took.
Extremely helpful for all professionals/workers.
Directed at young associates at large firms.
Really good practical ways to manage stress, thanks!
Increcibly helpful and validating
Fantastic course. Needed in this profession. Thank you!
Interesting tips to follow.
Exercises were helpful.
Great CLE. I came into it thinking I didn't need it and wouldn't get much out of it but I took a lot of notes and found it very good.
Good thoughtful lecture
Even though this seemed to orientated to new lawyers, it would be helpful for any attorney, regardless of experience.
This is a very important message and more states should require lawyers to learn about this subject.
Great subject-- much needed in our profession! More of this type of CLE please!
An often overlooked topic
A terrific and substantive CLE! A must for all legal professionals. Thank you to the presenter and Lawline!
The presenter did a good job walking us through real-life scenarios. I appreciated that.
Excellent, thank you!
Excellent seminar - useful for both seasoned and starting practitioners
Very helpful regarding things I didn't know I could use help with. Great presentation!
thoughtful well wort the time. thank you.
This was an amazing class and should be mandatory for everyone.
Do not let the fact that this is geared towards junior associates in firms turn you off; senior practitioners in every aspect of practice can benefit from this.
Great presentation! It's sometimes helpful to evaluate whether one is in a toxic environment and consider changing firms.
Frankly, I had low expectations coming in, but this was fantastic! Mr. Kosman obviously has had years and years of experience counseling attorneys. Thank you for putting this very valuable advice out there - it could make a real difference in my life. More people should listen to this.
best class I have ever seen on how to deal with stress in the workplace (or in life)
Wow =- powerful. I am also a certified life coach and this information very much aligns with methods I have learned in other modalities - appreciate that we are offering attorneys this type of very positive understandings and awareness to shift stress and otherwise. Thanks!
I found this course to be very helpful in all aspects of my life.
very practical and helpful tips for everyday work - can also be applied to personal life
Very good program
Good exercises an tips for self-awareness and mindfulness.
This was one of the best CLE courses I have taken. Excellent presenter with actual concrete advice on how to manage your reactions to a stressful work environment.
Great systematic way to think about identifying trigger, owning the response, and being reasonable with myself on how to respond. Helpful to understand and reaffirm that this needs to be a continuous going forward process.
Very insightful with good information around stress management
Another fabulous seminar. Where did you discover this guy? He was fantastic!
even better than I imagined. lots of takeaways!
Such a soothing voice!! Bravo!!
This one should be mandatory
Very valuable, for attorneys at all levels.
Excellent course, and well taught.
I am a seasoned attorney and wish I had had this available when I was much younger. Excellent presentation.
Excellent presentation. Wish I had this course 20 years earlier. Recommend highly for those motivated to learn.
Nice to be given tools to manage stress,
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.
Excellent information and a great resource for individuals in such a highly stressful work environment. Excellent attention to detail presented.
Very needed in our profession. Excellent and practical content. The best presentation I have seen to date addressing these pervasive issues. Thank you.
Great course. Critical topic and should be mandatory for all.
Great course. Important subject.
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.
This should be mandatory for any associate regardless of years practicing.
Informative and important presentation
LOVED THIS COURSE!
The instructor was great, informative and a really nice manner, thanks
Excellent presentation. Calming, even
This was the first time I have taken this kind of a CLE course. It was very informative.
This fellow tells it like it is. This should be a required course in law school.
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.
Excellent instructor. Very helpful tools for managing stress.
Very important topic - foundational to healthy living and law practice.
Thoughtful comments and strategies
I liked his practical techniques
The best presenter that I've seen on Lawline. Great job on this difficult topic.
interesting course-valuable to anyone
Great examples of strategies & exercises to increase self-awareness & self-help of stressful work situations in practice of law as well as elsewhere.
Keep up the good job
This was a useful and wonderful program!
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
I wish this course had been available when I was a young, stressed-out associate!!
very technical and thorough.
What a relevant CLE course! I wish something like this was available to me when I was first starting out my legal career.
Best CLE I've ever taken. Both the content and the presenter were phenomenal.
Excellent program - recommending to my legal team -- especially the junior lawyers!
Excellent use of slides- simple, core term/concept listed. Great presenter with useful suggestions.
Excellent course with some strategies I can implement immediately. Thank you!
I might listen to this again as a practical matter, credits aside
I would recommend this to EVERYONE. Very informative and helpful.
Useful insights into stress.
clear, understood how stress affects lawyers, did so w/ compassion, empathy.
I found this course super helpful and relevant for my work and personal work-life balance and perspective. I highly recommend it. Thank you!
Very good class.
Not just a CLE course, but a great life lesson on transcendence. HIGHLY recommended.
Extremely helpful; lots of practical information.
this was a very good course
Very enjoyable and helpful techniques for stress.
This guy is great. Did not expect this program to be this good. Nice job.
Best CLE ever. Should be annual required viewing for all lawyers. Thank you.
Excellent program. Thank you.
Great topic, great presentation both content and speaker. Thanks!
Excellent material not just for ones work life but for everyday living.
I will definitely watch this again!
The program was interesting and helpful.
Thank you for acknowledging this issue in our practice. I am glad to see there are some classes being offered on stress/anxiety management.
Very good and practical advice
Good ideas and ways to approach stress- useful and practical.
Gave some great tips on how to get out of negative thinking.
Very rewarding. Fabulous presentation. Impressive gentleman.
Wonderful Speaker and Lecturer who could easily translate his experiences to other attorneys in practice. A+++++++
Effective program and speaker.
Excellent practical advise and an actual method to use to get results.
Excellent program and speaker
Thought provoking discussion
Outstanding topic, expertly presented and discussed!
This is one of the best CLEs I have ever watched.
Joel is an exceptional communicator. I very much enjoyed his talk and his advice.
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.
Great speaker; very informative presentation.
Great program with actual useful info!
Could not have appreciated this course more: great content, insightful suggestions, and concrete steps. Bravo!
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!
Sometimes it is good to hear that you are not alone
I enjoyed this seminar more than I expected. I found it to be highly applicable.
Excellent tools offered to help stress.
Best one I saw/heard (so far) with the package
Impressive speaker. Think I will listen to him again.
Thanks, best cle ever. Seriously.
This was the most helpful CLE I have ever watched. Thank you!
This is a very important topic and one that normally gets no attention. Thanks for presenting this course.
Well organized, good examples, helpful techniques
really practical and helpful
Very insightful presentation
This was a very helpful program.
excellent presentation and useful content
Truly fantastic course. We forget the importance of connection in times of stress. Mr. Kosman did a great job of emphasizing tha t
Wonderful program - well presented and compelling.
Great strategies and tools for stress management.
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
VERY PRACTICAL VERY EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES ..SMART & COMPASSIONATE INSTRUCTOR
I found this presentation to be very practical, constructive, and useful
Extremely worthwhile presentation. Should be mandatory for all attorneys, especially BIGLAW associates.
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.
Very good and helpful course.
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!
Some helpful strategies to dealing with stress.
The presenter was excellent. He really understood the issues and explained them very well.
excellent presentation and information.. Very practical and helpful!
This was incredibly helpful. Thank you!
I really enjoyed this course and will take with me some of the lessons learned to control my reactions to stress.
Joel Kosman's presentation was most informative. I appreciated his candor and example based method. Thank you.
Liked his experience and background for this subject matter.
the course was very informative
Enjoyed the log suggestion!
Excellent work thank you!
Very practical advice on a most important topic. The seminar was presented in an empathetic way. Well done.
Very timely presentation and useful info
This is a worthwhile discussion and I would highly recommend this seminar to all practitioners.
Outstanding program and outstanding faculty. Thank you!
Excellent program and presenter.
Great topic. Great presentation.
Very practical course. Liked the fact that used examples to demonstrate techniques presented to deal with stress.
This was excellent.
Great presentation. Wish I had this available 30 years ago.
Provided a practical tool!
This, or this subject, should be mandatory for all lawyers.
Very good presentation with useful tips that can be implemented right away.
I found the strategies discussed very pertinent and helpful! I will likely listen to this program again.
Really good tips and strategies for attorneys at all levels.
enjoyed the speakers style
This program dealt with an important topic in a sympathetic but empowering way.
Valuable information. Well done.
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
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.
Excellent lecture. Very important.
Simply fantastic and I speak as a former mental health practitioner
beneficial for new lawyers
Written notes very helpful.
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.
Excellent material. The examples were great.
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.
Very important course looking at the issue wholistically
Additional programs on this topic are encouraged.
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.
Soothing voice; appreciate the practical concrete suggestions, particularly the awareness log
this course was the best course i've taken on this subject matter ever!!!
This was an outstanding program, with excellent practical and intellectual insights.
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.
An important topic! Thanks for addressing the issue,
The presenter was knowledgeable and caring.
Appreciate the clear explanation of stress vs. anxiety.