Work/Life Balance

815 ABA Journal articles on Work/Life Balance.

Life, lemons and lemonade
The hard challenges always seem to throw me off balance and make the task of going to the office feel like an impossibility. In moments of calm, I can look ahead to challenges. The kindness of others makes difficult times bearable.
Changing minds: 4 strategies for effectively implementing a mindfulness program
Creating a long-term mindfulness program that encourages participants to practice on a regular basis isn’t easy. It takes a good launch protocol, selecting the right technology and delivery mechanism, and curating the content to be highly relevant.
‘Mommy track is a dead end’ at Morrison & Foerster, associates allege in $100M suit
Three associates at Morrison & Foerster have filed a would-be $100 million class-action suit that claims the firm maintains a “family-friendly façade” even as it discriminates against lawyer moms.
Top 10 female-friendly and family-friendly law firms named

Yale Law Women has expanded its take on the most family-friendly law firms.

This year, two lists are being produced: the top 10 family-friendly law firms, and the top 10…

7 Marathons, 7 Continents, 7 Days
Bret I. Parker, executive director of the New York City Bar Association, ran the World Marathon Challenge: seven marathons on seven continents in seven consecutive days.
10 Questions: LA lawyer and former congresswoman blazed a trail for women and minorities
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke in 1973 became the first African-American woman from California to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first member of Congress to give birth while in office. She also was the first congresswoman to be granted maternity leave—a benefit that at the time had to be specifically authorized by the speaker of the House of Representatives.
Learn to deal with—and not hide—excessive worry
What I have learned is that anxiety actually serves an important function. It’s the body’s way of letting me know there is a reason for concern. It’s like a smoke detector. The trouble is that my smoke detector was hyperactive.
The Balance of Power: 2018 Law Day
Law Day is observed annually on May 1 and celebrates the role of law in our society. Events are held across the country on and around that date with the goal of cultivating a deeper understanding of the legal profession and its importance to our nation.
ABA group is raising funds for video project to combat stigma against seeking mental health help
Ending the stigma against seeking help for substance-use problems and mental illnesses has long been a goal of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. This week, it has launched a fundraising effort that would allow it to build an anti-stigma video campaign.
How firms can encourage mental, emotional and physical fitness (podcast)
Wellness is not just about eating health food and exercising, Jolene Park tells the ABA Journal's Stephanie Francis Ward in this episode of Asked and Answered. It’s also about getting enough time to relax, getting enough sleep and not being stressed out about your job or finances — and employers can play a big role in all of those things.
Pay it forward and prioritize
As the only child of immigrant parents from Guyana, Wanji Walcott knew from a young age that she wanted to be a lawyer. By following several principles she achieved her goals of serving as a general counsel and wife and a mother.
Learn to quiet the inner critic and its impossible demands
Who do you think you are? Stop talking. You’re making a fool of yourself. You’re not really going to wear that to court, are you? You’re screwing this up! You’re not good enough. They should just take away your bar license. Do these thoughts sound familiar?
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.

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