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Hushed Voices

Getting to the other side of mental health in the legal profession

October 08, 2020

As ABA Law Student Mental Health Day comes to us yet again, a journal entry by a 2L in my Legal Profession class offers hope:  All of my friends, siblings, and peers talk about mental health. We have all been affected. We are unfiltered, empathetic,

The Science of Well Being

Eureka! Discovering the science of well-being for lawyers

February 20, 2020

Lawyer well-being and wellness is more than just a theory. There is a whole science underlying the benefits of increasing lawyer effectiveness by encouraging wellness, well-being and implementation of personal and systemic strategies. It’s quantum physics. Seriously. Quantum physics is the study of how the universe works. It explains how

Being Vulnerable

Vulnerability happens: Turning a moment of stress into success

April 30, 2018

Unless something has changed dramatically since I was in law school, the course offerings don’t include Vulnerability, Failure, or What to Do When You’re Not on Your A-Game along with the usual Torts and Contracts. Law students and new lawyers are expected to succeed, but chances are, you will encounter a situation in your career that just doesn’t go according to plan.

PTSD

Using mindfulness to combat PTSD in veterans

November 11, 2016

Pepperdine University School of Law recently hosted the Access to Justice for Veterans: Coordinated Responses of a Grateful Nation conference. The conference featured keynote speakers, panel discussions, and a special screening of the film “Thank You for Your Service.” Both the presenters and attendees

Catch Your Breath

How to catch your breath and find perspective

September 26, 2016

Finding perspective on a day to day basis can be challenging. It can become very hard when we are pulled in so many directions, just getting through the pile of assignments, responsibilities and to-dos can leave one wondering on any given work day how its already punching out time. To top

Jeena Cho

Three things I wish I learned in law school

August 18, 2016

I graduated from University at Buffalo in 2003. It seems like both forever ago and also like a blink of an eye. I’ve learned a lot over the past 13 years and I have battle scars to prove it. However, many of those scars were unnecessary and could’ve been avoided

Growth Mindset Webinar

Webinar recap: Making The Grade With Growth Mindsets

April 15, 2016

The pressure of law school can make many law students feel so exhausted and uncertain that, regardless of how well they do academically, they still feel like failures or impostors. One way that science has found to enhance resilience is through the “growth mindset” framework. Research has linked the growth mindset

Stop Look Listen

Making a case for mindfulness and law student wellness

April 13, 2016

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., penned the phrase “Stop Look and Listen” as a life saving instruction for the driver and passengers of a car approaching a railroad track.  Holmes’ memorable phrase is sage advice across a range of circumstances and matters of consequence.  It is an important mindfulness reminder

Mindfulness Meditation

Webinar: Learn about 'Mindfulness Meditation'

March 31, 2016

Watch the video of our latest Google Hangout, "Mindfulness Meditation: Managing Stress and Shifting from Surviving to Thriving." The host, Cory Muscara of the Long Island Center for Mindfulness, shared the evidence-based practice of mindfulness meditation. Here's the event's summary: Lawyers rank among the most anxious, depressed, and suicidal professional. It is essential that they

Puppies at Techshow

You deserve some cute puppies today

March 30, 2016

This is a Mental Health Day post. Even though it starts with a photo of a pile of puppies, one of which is in a bee costume. Stay with me. This will all make sense in the end. We've been talking this week about mental health. And while March 28 was the

The Human Race

Be mindful of the human side of law

March 30, 2016

After practicing for eight years, I have come to realize in a very profound manner than the practice of law is so much more than just the procedure and substantive law I learned in law school. At its core, it is an interwoven system made up of human beings.

Emotions

The emotional side of practicing law

February 26, 2016

I am a really big fan of Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde." The movie is pretty epic, and I have a soft spot in my heart for Elle, even though I am a brunette. She is pretty much the 2000s version of Cher from "Clueless." One of the scenes in the movie that always come to mind is the scene where the professor asks the class who said "the law is reason free from passion."

2016

Take a deep look at 2015 – and where you're headed in 2016

December 30, 2015

As we make our voyage into 2016, it is a great time to consider not only where we hope to go, but importantly, where we have come from over the last 12 months. Reflection and introspection is welcome at any time, but for those of us whose days are filled with

People doing yoga

Five methods to transcend from zealous to zen

November 17, 2015

While the age of technology has amplified productivity, it has endangered tranquility. As attorneys one of our most vital tasks is to listen. We need to understand our clients’ needs, opposing counsels’ arguments, and judges’ instructions. In many respects, the digital age has enabled us to communicate more effectively, however,

Bringing the Healing Power of Yoga to Houston’s Homeless

November 01, 2014

By Kinnari M. Bhojani. When not juggling a full law school course load, Jonathan Chatham, a 2L at the University of Houston Law Center, spends time addressing the wellness needs of Houston’s homeless. Chatham has pledged to devote 200 hours toward improving access to health