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The Happy Lawyer: How Your Emotional Health and Legal Success are Connected

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: May 08, 2020
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  • What are Boundaries?
  • Developing Healthy Boundaries
  • Professional Boundaries
  • What is Resilience?
  • Practicing Resilience
  • When Does a Lawyer Need Help?
  • Finding Support
Runtime: 1 hour, 1 minute
Recorded:  May 8, 2020


Your emotional well-being is a critical factor contributing to a successful legal career. This informative and insightful webinar will allow you to listen to a candid conversation between two attorneys, who are also practicing therapists, as they discuss common emotional health pitfalls encountered by attorneys in the practice of law. You will learn about boundaries and how they affect your daily life and long term success and come to an understanding of the importance and necessity of resiliency and how it can be achieved in order to enjoy a satisfying legal career.

Participants will:
Explore the interplay between emotional health and the ethical practice of law Define boundaries and understand how they influence daily life expectations and decisions Learn to develop resiliency in order to practice law ethically and enjoy career satisfaction.

This program was recorded on May 8th, 2020.

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American Bar Association
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Kate Casey LPC, JD

Autumn Ridge Counseling and Wellness

As a Texas Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor, I am in private practice serving Northeast Tarrant County to include Southlake, Colleyville, Keller, North Richland Hills, Grapevine and surrounding communities. I earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from Virginia Tech University. I also hold a Doctorate of Jurisprudence and practiced Environmental Law before making a most satisfying career transition to Counseling. I have spent more than a third of my life living outside of the United States. My experiences living abroad and learning from other cultures has shaped my worldview and, in turn, my counseling style.

My warm personality and active listening style contribute to the calm, supportive, and respectful environment I create for my clients. I join with each client to explore, find meaning, and facilitate growth in the face of life’s challenges and opportunities. I work collaboratively with my clients to develop an individualized, holistic, and strengths-based approach to wellness. With this approach, clients experience relief and develop strategies for lasting change and enduring success.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three daughters, exploring nature, cooking, and reading.

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Holly McFarland

Lantern Light Counseling

As an attorney, Holly was General Counsel for a non-profit organization addressing the health, education, and therapeutic needs of North Texas families. She practiced family law representing the interests of children and adults.

As a lawyer, and as a therapist for more than fifteen years, Holly has helped many through the most difficult of life changes.

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