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Health & Wellness Updates and Events

The third annual 2023 CLA Walking Challenge is here thanks to the CLA Health and Wellness Committee!  Read more
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the May/June issue of NALP Bulletin+, a monthly digital magazine by the National Association of Law Placement Inc. It is reprinted here with permission. By Patrick Krill As we near the halfway point of 2023, I have both good news and bad news related to mental health and well-being in the legal profession. The good news is that over the last eight years, meaningful efforts to prioritize mental health have been underway… Read more
Leading wellness expert Patrick Krill will provide an overview of the findings of his recently published studies conducted with the CLA and DC Bar Association followed by moderating a panel with Justice Brian Currey, civil attorney Ryan Harrison and the Chair of CLA's Health and Wellness Committee, Sara Rief.  The discussion will include ways both the Bench and the Bar can support each other through wellness and civility. This program is hosted by the California Judges Association (CJA).  Read more
On day four of Well-being Week In Law we turn our attention to connection and our social well-being.  Executive coach and former lawyer Michael Urtuzuástegui Melcher will share insights and practical tools from his book, Your Invisible Network, and from his years coaching lawyers, executives, and leaders of all backgrounds. Read more
The third day of #WellbeingWeekInLaw prompts us to engage and grow by focusing on occupational and intellectual well-being. Fashion is a form of expression and communication. By defining your personal style you can get dressed faster and show up with full confidence each day (in your personal and professional lives)! During this presentation you will identify your style words, learn how to use them when shopping, styling and editing your wardrobe, and lastly, learn how to create your style vision board! Read more
The second day of #WellbeingWeekInLaw prompts us to focus on our emotional well-being, fostering a sense of meaning and purpose in how we apply ourselves. If you’re human, then you have at least one voice in your head that chimes in on everything you do or want to do. Sometimes the voices are enjoyable. And other times, not so much. The negative self-talk that plagues the mind of every person on the planet can be painful, and crippling. Left unchecked, this voice will sabotage every endeavor you’ll ever pursue. It will try to sabotage your career, relationships, health and ruin your opportunities, and leave you wondering what could have been. Read more
To kick off 2023 Well-being Week In Law, let’s focus on our physical well-being. Join us for a free virtual presentation from Performance Coach, Tom Legath, about injury prevention. Attendees will learn why injuries happen (which are often avoidable). Tom will help attendees improve their ability to listen to their body's messages about muscle and joint health so that they can make better training choices. The information will give attendees an opportunity to improve the results they get from their training and it will give them an opportunity to implement strategies to avoid future injury so they can play longer into life. Read more
The month of May invites many reasons to celebrate—Mother’s Day, graduations, warmer weather, and summer vacations knocking at the backdoor. May also invites the opportunity to celebrate personal wellness—something that many of us forget, let alone celebrate.  Read more
In 2020, the California Lawyers Association (CLA) and the D.C. Bar announced their participation in a groundbreaking research project conducted by attorney mental health and well-being expert Patrick Krill and Dr. Justin Anker. The first phase of findings from the study, “Stress, drink, leave: An examination of gender-specific risk factors for mental health problems and attrition among licensed attorneys”, was released in 2021 shedding light on the disparate experiences of women practitioners. Read more
This virtual class is designed with gentle floor based sequences using bolsters, blankets, and props that support the practitioner to fully relax the muscles, slow down the mental activity of the brain, shift emotional patterns, bring ease to the breath, and tune into the nervous system’s healing capacity. This 1.5 hour long class is perfect for any age or level of student. Read more

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