Lawyer Mental Health Matters: Making Work Life Balance a Reality

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded Date: May 11, 2021
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  • Mental Health, Substance Abuse and the Legal Industry
  • Work/Life Integration
  • Do employers have any responsibility for employee mental health?
  • What can lawyers and legal professionals do to help themselves?
  • Potential coping skills, hobbies, etc.
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded: May 11, 2021


Ironic, isn’t it? What was once viewed as a luxury (working from home) has now become a one-way road to its final destination: burn out.

As the lines have gone from blurry to nonexistent, lawyers and legal teams everywhere are struggling with when to ‘end’ the workday before a new one begins. An already long overdue concern for lawyers, finding appropriate work/life balance amid a global pandemic requires legal teams to think more creatively about how they are helping lawyers reduce stress and maintain a sustainable pace that will not lead to fatigue, burn out, or more serious mental health concerns.

Thanks to the recent pandemic however, a silver lining has emerged: there is a new light and focus on what firms can do to boost morale, keep mental health front-and-center, and make work/life balance a reality, instead of a hopeful, yet distant dream.

This program was recorded as part of ALM's Legalweek 2021 Virtual Conference on May 11th, 2021.

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Renee Branson

RB Consulting

RB Consulting was created to bring the power of resilience into the workplace so that people could cultivate mental well-being and organizations could maintain high-performing teams.

Combining over 20 years as a mental health professional, educator, and non-profit executive, my passion and purpose is helping individuals, teams, and organizations cultivate resilience. After years of working with survivors of trauma and the caregivers who help heal them, I have learned what allows people to not only survive, but thrive through their greatest crisis. The answer is resilience. Resilience is the ability to not merely bounce back from crisis, challenge, or change; it is the ability to bounce forward with growth and adaptability.

It is not only trauma survivors and their caregivers who experience the impact of toxic and chronic stress. It can impact anyone in any profession. In recent years, the legal profession has begun to seek changes that minimize the damage caused by toxic stress, burnout, addictions and mental health concerns. The same is true for other high-risk professions such as the finance, healthcare and non-profit sectors.

As a Certified Resilience Coach (CReC) with a masters degree in counseling psychology, I provide clients with immediately usable tools to increase resilience, well-being, and optimism in the workplace. I work with lawyers, legal marketers, business professionals, non-profit leaders, and others to help them understand and incorporate resilience in their own professional lives and in the teams they lead.

I administer the resilience assessments, presentations, and workshops on The Resilience Library™ for professionals and business organizations. These include law firms, practice groups, non-pro-fits, and business teams within an organization. This allows leaders to address organizational strengths and weaknesses and to implement growth plans through coaching, consultation, and app-based tools.

Claudia Reese

Vice President of Human Resources

Claudia brings an infectious enthusiasm to the Human Resources function with her 15 years of experience. She is fueled by finding creative ways to increase employee engagement by improving the employee experience.

Matthew Hemmert

General Counsel

For 15 years, Matt has provided legal advice and support to some of the most prominent technology companies in the world. He’s known in the industry for finding creative solutions to making partnerships happen, optimizing legal workflows, and providing exceptional direction for high-growth companies.

Brooke Kammeyer

Director, Product Marketing

Brook is Director of Product Marketing at NetDocuments. She holds a BA in Business Management from the North Carolina State University - College of Management.

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