Given the heavy imposition of the Rules of Professional Conduct on all lawyers, the power of stigma to conceal unhealthy behaviors is easy to understand. Lawyers know when they are in a danger zone and they are driven to wear a mask of “control” while they try to get things right. Where do lawyers find the help they need to deal with the stress and anxiety of this harsh profession despite worry of career-ending consequences? Albert Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it,” which explains why the legal community is unable to solve the growing problem of lawyer malaise. This talk will examine the ways in which the legal system itself has tied the hands of legal organizations when it comes to helping lawyers find answers to their own discontent.
This presentation will reveal many truths behind lawyer unhappiness, things you know are true but haven’t analyzed. Practicing law doesn’t have to be a career of misery, destroying lives, families, and clients’ cases. If you are looking for answers to your inner turmoil, or want to help others find answers to theirs, this hour will show you where to find help—which is at your fingertips and outside the legal community.