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In this heartbreaking yet inspiring TED Talks session, former member of the California Highway Patrol Sergeant Kevin Briggs speaks about what it was like to patrol the Golden Gate Bridge, the destination spot for a tragic number of suicide attempts each year. Briggs shares intimate stories from his 23 years on the job when he had to be both police officer and suicide prevention counselor. He discusses warning signs to look for and offers advice on how to confront someone, as well as explains how just being there and listening can go a long way in saving a life. In it, he asks the question, do you know what you’d do or say when faced with someone contemplating suicide?

Watch the TED Talk, “The bridge between suicide and life” here.

The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Present:

Keeping Legal Minds Intact: Mitigating Compassion Fatigue Among Legal Professionals
A Free CLE Webinar

People often go to law school hoping to make the world a better place. Many lawyers pursue that goal – representing victims of domestic violence, defending those facing homelessness because of foreclosure, or assisting immigrants facing deportation, for example. Yet over time, this work can lead to compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is defined as the cumulative physical, emotional and psychological effects of being continually exposed to traumatic stories or events when working in a helping capacity. It has been studied extensively in social workers, nurses, doctors and therapists who work with victims of trauma. Recently researchers have begun to examine the impact upon legal professionals. This seminar will look at which legal professionals are most at risk, the development of compassion fatigue, the interface between attorney impairment and discipline and what individual and organizational measures can prevent and mitigate compassion fatigue.

This program was made possible by the generous financial support from the TIPS Fellows of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.

Wednesday, October 22nd at 12:00pm-1:30pm CST

REGISTER HERE

In recognition of her efforts to educate the legal community about depression and suicide, Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program (KYLAP) Yvette Hourigan has received the Dave Nee Foundation’s national David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award. The Foundation’s mission is “to eliminate the stigma associated with depression and suicide by promoting and encouraging not only the diagnosis and treatment of depression among young adults, but also the education of young people, their families, and friends about the disease of depression.” Hourigan received the award at the Foundation’s fall gala in New York City this past Saturday, where she was also honored for her work addressing mental health issues in her community and in Kentucky’s three law schools.

Click here to access the full news release.

On Wednesday, November 12, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, Emory University, and the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education in Georgia are hosting a seminar entitled:

Convocation on Professionalism
Aging in the Law: It’s More Than a Senior Moment!

See the brochure to register and for more information including a detailed agenda.

Below is a graphic showing how the top 10 percent of the population account for over half of all the alcohol consumed in a year.

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These findings are based on Philip J. Cook’s “Paying the Tab: The Costs and Benefits of Alcohol Control” as well as data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions.

Read more here.

Wondering how mindfulness can help you? In her recent article, Jeena Cho describes “Five Ways Mindfulness Can Benefit Lawyers” which include: reduced stress, learning to respond rather than react, more happiness, more compassion, and better listening skills.

She also includes a One-Minute Mindfulness Exercise for you to try, and a link to various mindfulness resources that are available such as “Mindfulness for Beginners.”

In addition to being an attorney, Cho teaches mindfulness and meditation to lawyers. Keep an eye out for her upcoming book “The Anxious Lawyer” which is being released by the ABA in 2015.

Read the full article from attorneyatwork.com here.

The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Present:

Keeping Legal Minds Intact: Mitigating Compassion Fatigue Among Legal Professionals
A Free CLE Webinar

People often go to law school hoping to make the world a better place. Many lawyers pursue that goal – representing victims of domestic violence, defending those facing homelessness because of foreclosure, or assisting immigrants facing deportation, for example. Yet over time, this work can lead to compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is defined as the cumulative physical, emotional and psychological effects of being continually exposed to traumatic stories or events when working in a helping capacity. It has been studied extensively in social workers, nurses, doctors and therapists who work with victims of trauma. Recently researchers have begun to examine the impact upon legal professionals. This seminar will look at which legal professionals are most at risk, the development of compassion fatigue, the interface between attorney impairment and discipline and what individual and organizational measures can prevent and mitigate compassion fatigue.

This program was made possible by the generous financial support from the TIPS Fellows of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.

Wednesday, October 22nd at 12:00pm-1:30pm CST

REGISTER HERE

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