California Lawyers Association

Find Your Purpose and Focus on Your Well-Being

By President Jeremy M. Evans and 
Chair of the Board of Representatives Ryan M.F. Baron 

For those who feel overworked and overstressed, today begins Well-Being Week in Law. It is fitting that it falls immediately following Law Day on May 1, as both events offer much-needed perspective, especially after two years of a global pandemic.  

Law Day celebrates our honorable profession. As lawyers, we stand for values much larger than ourselves. We should take pride in what gives us purpose and strengthens our republic. 

It may not seem evident in our day-to-day work as we review the details of a contract or handle a tough negotiation. Yet our work supports the rule of law that forms the foundation of our constitutional republic. Upholding the rule of law is more important than ever, as recent events like the Russian invasion of Ukraine show the fragility of democracy

By doing the right thing and standing up for what is right, lawyers help increase faith in our institutions and ensure that the laws and government work for the people. 

Well-Being Week in the Law

While Law Day prompts us to think externally about our profession and how we can make a difference, Well-Being Week in Law offers an opportunity to look inward to develop habits and tools that serve our health and wellness. 

Before we can take care of our clients, we must care for ourselves. CLA’s Health and Wellness Committee has collected tons of free resources and lined up a series of #wellbeingweekinlaw events to help you. All are free for members:

We also had the chance to recharge at CLA’s first-ever conference focused primarily on health and wellness. The retreat, organized by the Real Property Law Section, was held at Lake Tahoe on April 22–24.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities 

The simple act of connecting with colleagues and friends can do wonders for our well-being. We are looking forward to the Solo and Small Firm Summit on June 16. The Annual Meeting returns in person September 15–17 at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront. Bring tuxes and gowns as we join the California Judges Association at a first-ever black-tie gala under the stars.

And in case you missed it, we want to highlight these recent opportunities for members:

  • Last month’s Legislative Day featured good conversations between CLA members and state legislators. Read the recap.
  • Nominations are due May 6 to fill the Alternate Delegate role for CLA’s Delegation to the ABA House of Delegates, the policy-making body of the ABA. 

We hope you have a healthy and happy Well-Being Week in Law. Know that CLA is here to help you reach all your educational, career, or personal goals. 

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