Our next Free & Confidential workshop for lawyers and law students with ADHD in Massachusetts is online on October 9, 2020.
Registration is open for our Practicing Law with ADHD Workshop, online on October 9th from 9am – 1pm. This workshop is designed specifically for lawyers, law students, and other legal professionals who face unique obstacles in their work – and have unique abilities – as a result of ADHD.
Much of the common perception of ADHD is misleading. This workshop takes a real look at the nature of ADHD, and why viewing it as a deficit in attention is not very accurate or helpful.
Join us to find out how to apply specific techniques to use to harness your attention and focus, and get the best ways to address obstacles in productivity due to the experiences of ADHD. This workshop, as well as our weekly support meetings for lawyers and law students with ADHD, are led by LCL MA Staff Clinician Dr. Shawn Healy.
Podcast Preview with JDHD
Our workshop leader, Shawn, appeared in an episode of JDHD, a podcast for lawyers with ADHD, earlier this year to offer some insight from his workshop. Described by host Marshall Lichty as “charming, insightful, calming, and brilliant” (we agree), Shawn discusses how to make meaningful progress building a better life and better law practice as a lawyer with ADHD. Listen to the episode here, and find more resources or lawyers with ADHD from JDHD here. One suggestion Shawn offers starts with self-awareness:
The more awareness you have of how you respond to your environment and where there’s a mismatch, then you can start to think creatively about how to use your strengths to your advantage and how to look for workarounds or strategies to help with the disadvantages or the weaknesses because everybody has those no matter what their environment.
ADHD Self-Evaluation and Adult Diagnosis
No diagnosis is required to participate in our workshop or group meetings. Still, we do recommend seeking a diagnosis — even though it might be uncomfortable. Lawyers, law students, and judges in Massachusetts can find more on scheduling with a licensed clinician here. As Shawn points out in his JDHD interview,
I have had people come to me and it’s a relief for them to get a diagnosis and say, “this explains it. I’ve been struggling with this and this and this and, and now I have a way to explain it and now it makes more sense.” And then I’ve had other people who it’s both enlightening and also devastating to hear that they may or may not have ADHD. Some people get diagnosed quite late in life or as an adult. So they’ve already been through school, college, law school, they’ve been practicing. And then they get this diagnosis and they look back at their life and they wonder, “how much of how I understand myself has been misinformed? I always thought I was bad at this task or I just couldn’t do X, Y, and Z. And now I’ve got this diagnosis.”