Episode 3.7: Lawyer Well-Being During COVID-19

 

In recognition of the first annual Lawyer Well-Being Week, Stacey Dougan, Denise Gaskin, and Kristy Weathers discuss strategies and resources aimed at encouraging well-being for lawyers, their support teams, and institutional stakeholders. The discussion is moderated by Marcie Dickson of Miles Mediation & Arbitration. 

 

This episode also provides an overview of what lawyers and legal professionals are experiencing during the pandemic crisis and how law firms and organizations can help in meaningful ways. 

 

“Lawyer Well-Being During COVID-19” is available on    Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Soundcloud. This podcast is the latest in a series of episodes that features thought leaders in Georgia’s legal community and beyond.  Click here for additional episodes of The Future of Resolution Podcast.

 

This episode also covers:
  • Managing exhaustion, self-judgment, and anxiety 
  • Grief
  • Resilience
    • Mindfulness
    • Gratitude mindset
    • The importance of sleep
    • Self-care and recharging
    • Resilience Reference List (Compiled by Stacey Dougan)
  • Culture 
    • Frequent, transparent and authentic communication from leaders 
    • Showing vulnerability 
    • The importance of social connection and a desire for belonging
    • Changing the notion of “social distancing” to physical distancing
    • Using this as an opportunity to identify firm culture and re-shape, if necessary
    • 3 Ways to Keep You [and your culture] Strong (by Denise Gaskin)

 

Additional Resources:

Article: Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure

Article:  That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

Podcast: David Kessler and Brené Brown on Grief and Finding Meaning

Toolkit: Lawyer Well-Being Toolkit for Lawyers and Legal Employers

Report: National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being -Creating a Movement To Improve Well-Being in the Legal Profession

 

Featured Guests:

Kristy Weathers has been Evershed Sutherland’s Professional Development Partner since 2006. In her role at the firm she oversees comprehensive in-house training programs and works with various committees and leaders on developing coordinated approaches to lawyer review processes, mentoring,  and professional growth. For 14 consecutive years, her firm has ranked as one of the top legal practices in the country for lawyer training.

 

 

Stacey Dougan is a psychotherapist, speaker, and consultant in Atlanta, Georgia, where she offers counseling to individuals and couples. She presents at workshops, bar associations, law firms, and legal organizations about lawyer mental health, well-being and self-care. She serves as a member of both the Georgia Bar’s Lawyer’s Assistance Program and the ABA Law Practice Division Attorney Well-Being Committee. Before coming a therapist, Stacey spent more than 20 years as a lawyer, shareholder, and member of senior management at Big Law firms; first at Greenberg Traurig and then at Powell Goldstein.  Resilience Reference List

 

 

Denise Gaskin Denise spent the last 12 years as a law firm COO.She has focused on building a healthy culture in law firms and defines culture to include financial firm fitness as well as the health and well-being of a law firm’s members. She believes a healthy culture is one aligned with a firm’s Strategy.  3 Ways to Keep You [and your culture] Strong 

 

 

 

 

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