Aug 29

A Chance to Learn How to Help Others

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The 2012 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs is coming up, October 9 – 12.  This unique conference gives judges, disciplinary staff, law school administrators and law firm managers an opportunity to learn how to appropriately meet the challenges facing individual attorneys and those trying to help.  For those of us charged with helping others it is a great opportunity to learn from expert speakers on issues ranging from treating addiction and supporting recovery, to how to identify and assist lawyers and judges with cognitive impairments, and how to help law students with substance abuse issues.  If you find that you need more knowledge and resources to properly respond to attorneys and students then there is no better place to be on October 9 than Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Come and learn more and support the American Bar Association and Lawyers Assistance Programs nationwide in their effort to assist attorneys.

Aug 16

The new “Getting It Done” series of group meetings for solo and small firm practitioners will soon commence its 6-meeting run, offering strategies to get more organized, implement goals, overcoming self-defeating beliefs/habits, combat procrastination and time wasters, and leverage technology to increase efficiency.   The group will meet on alternating weeks beginning Friday September 14, 12:30 to 1:45 pm.  Each meeting will feature a presentation followed by time for discussion and getting to know fellow attendees.  Those who complete the “course” get a free book!   — David Allen’s Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

Aug 14

Effective on September 1, 2012, the weekly meditation group will become a twice a month group.  The group will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.  The first meeting will be September 12, 2012.

For additional information, please contact Lottie – 617-482-9600

Aug 14

An 8-session series designed to provide participating unemployed lawyers with information, and mutual support and accountability in the current challenging legal marketplace.
Begins:   9/5/2012
Time:     10:00 AM — 12:00 PM
Place:    MBA Headquarters, 20 West St., Boston, MA
Free of Charge. Limited to 30 participants. Pre-registration required.
Attendance at all sessions requested.

 
To register: go to http://massbar.org/cle/cle-programs?p=2936

For More Information: call Nancy Brown, LICSW @ 617-482-5004,
email, nancyb@lclma.org , or go to www.lclma.org  or www.massbar.org

9/5/12    Getting Started: Identification of Skills, Experience and Professional Interests
Speaker: Patricia Hennessy, Esq., Hennessy Consulting Group

9/19/12    The Documents: Resume, Cover Letters, and Writing Samples
Speaker: Mandie LeBeau, Esq., Dir. Of Career Services, New England School of Law

10/3/12  Strategic Outreach: Managing the Networking Process
Speaker: Phil Segaloff, Esq.

10/17/12   Strategic Outreach: Use of Social Media in the Search Process
Speaker: Jared Correia, Esq., Mass. LOMAP Advisor

11/7/12    Strategic Outreach: The Personal Connection
Speaker: Steven Eichel, Esq., Partner, Choate

12/5/12     Personal Presentation: Interviewing Skills
Speaker: James Toms, Dir. Of Human Resources, Sullivan & Worcester, LLP

12/19/12    Mental Self-Management – Staying Positive, Proactive, and Motivated
Speaker: Nancy Brown, LICSW, LCL, Inc.

1/9/13       Moving Forward – Making the Most of What Is
Panel: TBA

 

Co-sponsored by the Mass. Bar Association and Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc.

Aug 03

Lawyers come to LCL for a number of good reasons:  stress, practice management issues, career concerns, collegial concerns and struggles with personal and family matters, mental health and substance abuse issues.

Legal practice is a “tough assignment” for most every attorney out there, even if they love what they do!  There are so many different elements to practice between managing client expectations, getting paid, keeping up with practice demands, court schedules, and your own sense of success and satisfaction.

There are times when the practice becomes overwhelming and mistakes happen, client lodge complaints, or the IOLTA check bounces and the BBO get involved.  It is important to understand the need to get help when this happens. At LCL, I run a group for lawyers who get into trouble in a multitude of ways with their practice.   Their issues are often recognizable and not uncommon, such that other attorneys think, “there but for the grace of god, go I”, and exhale in relief that no BBO letter arrives.

The group is helpful to lawyers who need a safe place to talk about what happened to them, allowing them the space and time to come to terms with their responsibility in the discipline process, while assisting them in dealing with the loss of a practice identity and income.  A lawyer’s professional identity is their “bread and butter,” and when they are disciplined or suspended for a period of time they need to confront issues related to lack of income, and how they will address and deal with colleagues or clients who call them looking for help.

If you are a lawyer in some trouble with the BBO or a lawyer who is representing a lawyer at the BBO call me at LCL to discuss how this resource can be of service to you

Barbara J. Bowe, LICSW

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