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The Best Lawyer You Can Be: Practices for Wellbeing and Excellence

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: May 06, 2020
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  • Relationality & Collaboration
  • Lawyer Well-Being Then and Now
  • Careers in the Time of Coronavirus
  • Resilience & Maximizing Performance
  • The Lawyer's Oath

Runtime: 1 hour, 2 minutes
Recorded: May 6, 2020


All members of the Legal Services Delivery Team but especially young lawyers and anyone with management responsibilities. It can be especially important for people engaged in Lawyers Assistance Programs and lawyers experiencing some level of crisis, be it physical, emotional or substance abuse related. There are many critical aspects of a career that contribute to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. This program will share some critical tools and expertise for being the best you can. It is based on the 2018 ABA book " The Best Lawyer You Can Be."
See line up of chapter author experts presenting and what they will cover:

Professor Larry Krieger sharing his groundbreaking empirical research about that happy lawyers have a relational orientation and operate with autonomy \.

Dr. Eva Selhub will speak about how to use tension in a positive way before it becomes stress Dr. Shelly Canter will speak about how to intentionally design a satisfying career Elizabeth Bader, Esq. will speak to seeing the practice of law as a spiritual activity Stewart Levine, Esq. will speak to the importance of following your heart.

This program was recorded on May 6th, 2020.

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Rachelle J. Canter

RJC Associates

Rachelle J. Canter, Ph.D. provides leadership/executive, career, organization, and team development as well as selection assessment services to client organizations. These services have helped hundreds of executives, attorneys, and professionals manage their careers and organizations, develop their skills, attain leadership positions, address performance issues and conflicts, and increase their personal, team, and organization's effectiveness.

Providing extensive one-on-one consultation, Shelley helps executives make all the right moves. Working from the level of Chairman and CEO to junior associate, Shelley's clients come from virtually every function and industry.

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Dr. Eva Selhub

Resiliency Experts, LLC

Dr. Eva Selhub is an internationally recognized resiliency expert, physician, author, speaker, scientist and consultant. Dr. Eva engages her clients and her audiences with her powerful energy, words of wisdom and scientific knowledge to activate the five pillars of resilience–physical, mental, spiritual, relationship and team– to achieve optimal resilience, success, health and happiness.

Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Eva served as an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and as a Clinical Associate of the world renowned Benson Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital for close to 20 years, serving as their Medical Director for six of those years. Dr. Selhub is now working with clients, corporations and scientific colleagues to redefine the ways in which we approach resilience to a model that incorporates alternative approaches to health as well as the concept of fitness that is achieved not only physically, but also mentally and spiritually.

As a consultant, coach, author, and speaker, Dr. Selhub uses her powerful gift to translate complex information–be it scientific or esoteric writings from wisdom traditions– into practical and usable knowledge that any individual can access. She bridges science with spirit, fitness with spiritual beliefs, corporate challenges with scientific understandings of stress and homeostasis, allopathic medicine with alternative medicine, and provides the framework for individuals and organizations to achieve transformational health, wellbeing and resilience. Her newest book, Your Health Destiny, represents the culmination of her 20 years of practice in medicine with her experience in working with more esoteric healing traditions, and fusing Eastern and Western approaches to health and wellbeing. Dr. Eva is also the author of The Love Response, the co-author of Your Brain on Nature, Your Health Destiny and The Stress Management Handbook.

Dr. Selhub has also authored multiple relaxation CD’s, Relax into Love, Finding Stillness, Ten Minutes to Relax: The Love Response (produced by the Relaxation Company), and Meditation for Life, Love and Flow (produced and recorded with Steven Halpern).

Dr. Selhub has been published in medical journals and featured in national publications including The New York Times, USA Today, Self, Shape, Fitness, and Journal of Woman’s Health, and has appeared on radio and television in connection with her work, including the Dr. Oz show.

Dr. Selhub writes for a variety of online platforms aside from her own including Medium, The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Steven Aitchison, Success Stories, Rebelle Society, Good Men Project and Human Spaces.

As her clients know, Dr. Eva practices what she preaches. She is known for her big heart and open mind. With her engaging personality—whether in the form of an individual consultation, corporate seminar, spiritual healing retreat, or keynote lecture—she encourages her audience to believe in the possibility of transformation, of connecting with their creative genius, and discovering optimal resilience.

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Cheryl L. Conner

Cheryl Conner Mediation & Law

Cheryl brings to her counseling, consulting, and public programming, a depth of worldly experience, as an accomplished lawyer, alternative thinker, and serial entrepreneur. Law. The American Bar Association named her its first Legal Rebel and she served both in the private sector, at Goodwin, Procter and Hoar, and in the public, as an Assist. Attorney General, U.S. Attorney and Sen. Counsel to the Mass. Legislature. She has been a serial entrepreneur on numerous fronts. She has been a way-shower promoting integrative and holistic approaches, advancing curricula on reflective and contemplative approaches to clinical education, speaking nationally and also co-founding one of the first holistic law and mediation firms in the U.S.

She was co-founding faculty of an MBA in Sustainability program, which integrated systems thinking, alternative corporate forms and governance forms within the curriculum.

She catalyzed and supported the creation of one of the first cooperative holistic health initiatives, in southern Vermont, in response to the PACA. She facilitated a 2 year long community process reflecting needs, preferences, community assets She continues to support cooperative movement through organizational counseling and community engagement.

Cheryl has long been inspired to promote democratic decision-making and cooperation, through serving on boards of organizations using sociocracy, spiritually-inspired and alternative governance models. She continues to teach, public speak and counsel on these varied approaches which require an expanded skill-set for leaders.

Cheryl’s rebelliousness began in college, when she wrote an award winning thesis which offered a Marxist critique of mainstream economics, and then critiqued Marxism on its own terms. This was a core experience, reinforcing her felt sense that current paradigms are temporary constructions, inevitable anomalies and awaiting transformation.

Her group facilitation and conflict resolution approaches are informed by ancient approaches and an understanding of trauma. A life-long student of the ancient religious traditions and the “inner sciences”. She has taught and counseled many who, like her, are eclectic and spiritual explorers. She is authorized to teach traditional Buddhism, and has evolved to incorporate music, art, poetry, journaling and nature as paths of personal development. These mediums influence her style.

Understanding impact of trauma on dialogue and conflict resolution. The experiences of environmental and physical trauma by herself and others have catalyzed Cheryl to research, apply and share with others, her understanding of their relevance to group discussion, mediation and governance.

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Stewart L. Levine


Stewart Levine is the founder of ResolutionWorks. Stewart is a “Resolutionary”, Counselor, Mediator, Facilitator, Trainer, Author and widely recognized for creating agreement and empowerment in the most challenging circumstances. He improves productivity while saving the enormous cost of conflict. His innovative work with Agreements for Results and his Resolutionary conversational models are unique. As a practicing lawyer he realized that fighting was a very ineffective way of resolving problems. As a marketing executive for AT&T he saw that the reason collaborations fall apart is that people do not spend the time at the beginning of new working relationships to create clarity about what they want to accomplish together, and how they will get there. This is true for employment relationships, teams, joint ventures and all members of any virtual team. His conversational models create Agreements for Results, and a quick return to productivity when working relationships break down. His models for problem solving, collaboration and conflict resolution are used in many Fortune 100 Organizations and have been endorsed by countless thought leaders including the House Judiciary Committee; 3M; American Express; Chevron; Con-Agra; EDS; General Motors; Harvard Law School; Oracle; Safeco; University of San Francisco; U.S. Departments of Agriculture; Navy and many others.

He teaches communication and conflict management skills for The American Management Association, CEO Space and the International Partnering Institute. He is a lecturer at the University of California Berkeley Law School and the MBA program at Dominican University of California. Stewart was recently inducted into the College of Law Practice Management.

Stewart is available for speaking and teaching in a variety of ways. Since the content is universal, he speaks before many industry groups, government agencies and non-profits in a variety of formats from keynotes to two and three day experiential learning programs or leadership retreats.

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Lawrence S. Krieger

Clinical Professor and Co-Director of Clinical Externship Programs
Florida State University College of Law

Professor Krieger co-directs the Externship Program and supervises criminal justice externships at the College of Law. His teaching focuses on litigation skills and the sources of lawyer professionalism. He was one of 26 law professors featured in the 2013 book, What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press).

Professor Krieger is internationally recognized for his research on the well-being, satisfaction, values, and motivations of law students and lawyers. His publications on law student well-being and career planning have been used at more than half of the law schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Professor Krieger has served on numerous boards and committees of the American Bar Association and The Florida Bar. He is founding Chair of the Section on Balance in Legal Education, Association of American Law Schools. He is a 1978 honors graduate of the University of Florida College of Law and is a member of the Order of the Coif. He practiced criminal, civil, and administrative law for 11 years, serving most recently as chief trial counsel to the Florida Comptroller.

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