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Shelter In Place Institute: Emotional and Social Intelligence for Lawyer Wellbeing

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November 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

1 Hour MCLE; 1 Competency Issues

Note: This Shelter In Place Institute was postponed to November 20 due to technical problems. Please join us!

The epidemic of stress and burnout is affecting every sector of our society, but even more so the legal profession. A study by the American Bar Association found that over 25% of lawyers suffer from depression, 21% have a drinking problem, and 19% experience anxiety. Burnout and mental distress not only take a toll on the wellbeing of lawyers, but also make their clients, people, and businesses vulnerable, impairing decision-making, problem-solving, and risk management.

Drawing upon contemporary neuroscience, spiritual wisdom and creative practices, this interactive course sheds light on the inner workings of the emotional brain, and teaches frameworks and practical techniques to boost emotional and social intelligence – critical dimensions of human wellbeing. Through a combination of lecture, exercises, and experiential activities, it engages participants to develop their own actionable strategies to incorporate the learnings in daily life, for emotional regulation, mind/body rejuvenation, and improved relationship with both oneself and others, as well as sustainable productivity and personal growth.

Topics may include:
Self-awareness as a life skill
Recognizing and regulating emotions
Direct experience – senses, mindfulness and emotional wellbeing
Healthy Mind Platter and 7 essential mental activities
Emotional factors in decision-making
Key ingredients of social intelligence
Threat vs. reward in social interactions
Authentic and effective communication

Moderator: Angus M. MacDonald. Speakers: BeiBei Song and John Wierzbicki.

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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