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Jul 31

(EXCLUSIVELY FOR RECOVERING ATTORNEYS)

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc. invites all recovering attorneys to join us for a half-day state wide recovery meeting, exploring the interface between your recovery and your practice.

Meeting includes lunch, panel discussions lead by leaders in the LCL recovery community and ending with a recovery meeting.

Please RSVP Lottie Rutherford at 617-482-9600

 A detailed agenda will be sent to all those attending.

(Please note: In our Summer issue of briefings this meeting was listed as September 13, 2012. It had to be rescheduled to September 27, 2012)
 

Jul 20

As a psychologist who has been on the LCL staff since 1998, it’s been interesting to note how the needs of our Massachusetts-lawyer clientele evolve and change with the times.  For six years, I ran a group for lawyers in solo practice that was relatively unstructured and focused on making personal connections and having a place to discuss aspects of solo practice that are shared and yet often experienced in isolation.  The group thrived and then gradually seemed to outlive its usefulness.  The advent of LOMAP as our partner program, in the person of Practice Management Advisor Scott Malouf, Esq. as my new co-leader, made it possible to offer a new Solo group tailored to today’s needs and interests.

The new group will focus, in its first incarnation, on ways to “Get It Done!” – offering strategies to get more organized, implement goals, overcoming self-defeating beliefs/habits, combat procrastination and time wasters, and leverage technology to increase efficiency, in a series of 6 meetings on alternating Fridays (12:30 to 1:45 pm), beginning on September 14.  Each meeting will feature a presentation followed by time for discussion and getting to know fellow attendees.  Openings are limited, so we ask participants to commit to attending all six meetings, for which their reward will be a free copy of David Allen’s Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

To sign up or learn more, give LCL a call.

Jeff Fortgang, PhD

Jul 03

As the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers I am pleased to announce that LCL has moved to a new, more dynamic website platform, powered by WordPress.  Interestingly, WordPress was created and continues to be built by a community of dedicated volunteers.   As a result of those volunteers’ hard work, WordPress grew from a simply typography tool, to a full content management system, which is the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world.   The success of WordPress demonstrates the power of highly dedicated volunteers who form a united community to achieve a goal, and then keep achieving new goals.

For me, WordPress is the perfect tool to be used by LCL for our new website.  Not only is it an easy, well developed software platform for us to use, but, symbolically, it is perfect.  Like WordPress, LCL is also an organization that was started by a few highly dedicated volunteers that created a statewide community assisting attorneys.  Those first LCL leaders brought together attorneys dealing with alcoholism, but, they also saw the need to do more, for more attorneys, dealing with many issues that prevented the attorneys from achieving success both professionally and personally.   With the ongoing support of a growing number of individual volunteers, who serve on our board of directors, or any of our Peer Volunteer Support Groups, LCL is able to provide free and confidential services, across Massachusetts, to attorneys that need assistance.   From our initial, and continuing core mission, to assist attorneys, law students and judges seeking to deal with alcohol and drug abuse, or addiction, to our expanded mission to provide mental health evaluation and referral, and finally, to our newest mission to provide law practice management assistance, our volunteers have laid the foundation, reached out a hand in support, and embraced the LCL staff to create a larger stronger community.

Like WordPress, our continued success depends upon our community which supports the mission of LCL, and provides new energy, and a strong sense of mission, and the ability to provide greater services then any individual part.  As we roll out the new website platform, we ask our members, users, and clients, to join our community, find ways to help further our mission, and allow us to effectively communicate with each community member.  Also, if you wish to contribute to LCL in any manner please contact us so we can find a place for you to help.

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