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Webinar: Practice Competently: Regaining Focus and Avoiding Lawyer Burnout

October 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Most of us were already managing “stress” but how has that stress changed, especially given our new work environments and current uncertainties of Covid-19? How is the brain’s threat response triggered by these changes impacting lawyers’ abilities to practice competently? And, how can we recognize signs of burnout in ourselves and others on our legal team? If stress is a way of the brain saying “pay attention,” can we use that stress to regain our focus to advise our clients and anticipate future challenges? In this webinar, we will learn to identify maladaptive strategies that impact the duties of competence, diligence and communication with clients. And, we will focus on proven techniques to calm the mind to ensure we have the skill and mental and emotional ability to perform legal services for clients facing a range of uncertainty and new challenges. Participants will learn about our natural threat response (stress), how that may be maladaptive in a knowledge economy, and how to change our mindset and response to stress in order to thrive and improve performance. Resources to help lawyers recognize the signs of potential mental health issues and how to get help will also be discussed.

Moderator: Sanjesh Sharma.
Speaker: Michelle Galloway


Michelle Greer Galloway is Of Counsel to Cooley’s litigation department. She was a partner of the firm from January 1997 through April 2000. She now serves as of counsel at Cooley while also teaching at Stanford and Santa Clara law schools. Michelle’s technology litigation practice focuses on patent litigation and strategic counseling. She also advises clients on legal, strategic and technical issues of information management, including electronically stored information, and compliance with a variety of litigation, regulatory and jurisdictional areas. Michelle also advises clients in the area of risk management, compliance, and ethics. She serves as Chair of the ABA Intellectual Property Section, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, and Chairs the ABA Task Force regarding USPTO proposed disciplinary rule changes. In 2013, Michelle was awarded the ABA IPL Recognition of Outstanding Leadership Contribution.

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