Work/Life Balance

801 ABA Journal articles on Work/Life Balance.

How to best help law students? Provide full-time, on-campus counselors, among other things
Law students have many things to be anxious about—getting called on in class can be terrifying, plus the process of applying for jobs and the rejection that frequently comes with it doesn’t help. Some law students worry that they may never find jobs as lawyers.
Practicing gratitude: Lessons from my mother
When people ask me how I make it work, I point to my mother—who did so much with so little—as my role model. As lawyers, we have it so much easier than my mom or many other women in the workplace today.

As a child in a financially disadvantaged household, our mother encouraged us to succeed in school and modeled that for us by taking college courses at night and eventually obtaining a college degree herself.
The Art of Resting: How to fit relaxation into a busy schedule
When my husband and I got married, the honeymoon was the only vacation we’d had in over three years. I recall sitting on the porch of a beautiful house in Kauai with nothing to do and full of anxiety. I had no idea how to rest.
Loving life as a lawyer: How to maintain joy in your work (podcast)
Do you dread going to work? If so, maybe it's time to look at the other ways you can flex your legal skills, Nancy Levit says. There are many types of jobs for lawyers, and sometimes what you thought you wanted to do doesn’t work out, Levit tells the ABA Journal's Stephanie Francis Ward in this episode of Asked and Answered.
Need a helping hand? Here’s what a lawyers assistance program can do for you
Confronting someone about a substance abuse problem—or owning that you have one—is not easy, but lawyers assistance programs can help.
Surpassing expectations, defying labels: Life as a deaf attorney and working mother
Melissa Felder Zappala relates the challenges in work-life balance she faces as a deaf attorney and working mother.
Mindfulness meditation: an achievable resolution for lawyer well-being
The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being recommends mindfulness meditation. Research indicates that mindfulness can reduce rumination, stress, depression and anxiety.
Millennial lawyers are forging their own paths—and it’s wrong to call them lazy
As younger attorneys flood the workforce and begin replacing the retiring baby boomer ranks, even the most conservative law firms are realizing the need to reshape corporate culture and embrace millennials’ tech-savvy, self-confident and flexible point of view.
Lessons from the past can propel your future
ABA works to address attorney substance use and mental health disorders
The ABA aims to assure that every judge, lawyer and law student has access to support and assistance on alcoholism, substance-use disorders or mental health issues.
Chicago special prosecutor’s career nearly came to a premature end
Patricia Brown Holmes had become the youngest African-American woman to serve as a Cook County associate judge. Then she was told she might have only six months to live.
Survey chronicles female lawyers’ exodus from equity partnership, belief they can’t have it all
Law firms are taking steps to improve gender equality, but it’s not translating to a better gender balance past the associate level, according to a new study.
Prioritize and find success through your support system
Many women in this country have no other choice but to work. But all women who work should be supported, not judged.
‘Status-health paradox’ for lawyers: BigLaw success linked to more depression symptoms, study says
People with higher income typically have better mental health. But the opposite is true for lawyers in the United States and Canada, according to a new study.
Lawyer leads depression support group to help other legal professionals cope

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