The NAWL Book Club Presents: The Anxious Lawyer

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Spend 8-Weeks to Increase Self-Regulation, Focus, Concentration and Decrease Stress Through Mindfulness and Meditation

National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and Seyfarth Shaw LLP presents, The Anxious Lawyer book club. Join us for an 8-week course on bringing mindfulness and meditation into your legal practice as well as your daily life.

This program is completely free to join and open to everyone!

How it works

  1. We’ll be using The Anxious Lawyer, An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation book as our guide—available in hardcover and Kindle
  2. Receive weekly email with guided meditation and mindfulness tips
  3. Attend three Webinars—September 7th, October 5th, and October 25th. (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST/ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST)

The entire program will be offered online. Can’t make any of the Webinars? No worries! It will be recorded and sent to you automatically.

CLE Credit

You may receive one (1) CLE credit for each Webinar:

  • September 7, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST/ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST, Role of Mindfulness in Cultivating a Sustainable and Healthy Law Practice (Qualifies for California Competence Issues CLE)
  • October 5, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST/ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST, Role of Compassion on Being a Competent Attorney (Qualifies as Ethics CLE)
  • October 25, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST/ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST, Maintaining Mental Wellness for Lawyers, (CA —Competence Issues Credit, FL, GA, IL, NY, NJ, TX — Ethics/ Professionalism Credit)

CLE Credit for the webinars has been awarded in the following states: CA, IL, and NY. CLE Credit is pending for FL, GA, TX and NJ.

Please note that in order to receive full credit for attending the webinars, you must attend the presentation during the specified time (not the replay) and must participate in the surveys that will be administered during the Webinars. Certificate of attendance can be issued for attorneys from other states not listed above. Please check with your state bar association regarding CLE reciprocity. Visit the FAQ page for additional information. 

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How to participate

  1. Register for Webinars
  2. Commit to a daily meditation practice
  3. Receive weekly emails with mindfulness assignments. (See the syllabus.)
  4. Start a weekly mindfulness group in your firm or legal community—See facilitation kit (optional)
  5. Join our Facebook community (optional)
  6. Take part in a research study on the impact of mindfulness practice on lawyers. Click here for the full description (optional)


What is mindfulness?

It’s the simple practice of being in the moment with equanimity and compassion.

What is meditation?

It’s the formal training or tool to practice mindfulness. Simply put, it’s the regular practice of sitting in silence, in contemplation, and exploring your inner world. In this program, we’ll explore a different meditation technique each week.

Why should I try this?

As lawyers, your mind is arguably your most important asset. Just as you can train the body for optimal performance, you can train your mind. Why not spend a few minutes everyday in silence to recharge and reset?

Read some of the research supporting the many benefits of mindfulness and meditation practices.

Tell me about the research study.

Jeena Cho has partnered with John Paul Minda, PhD of the Department of Psychology and The Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario to investigate the relationship between mindfulness meditation and performance and well-being in lawyers. This will be the first research on studying the impact of mindfulness and meditation practice on lawyers.

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Who is running this program?

This program is a collaborative effort between NAWL and the authors of The Anxious Lawyer—Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford. Jeena and Karen are both lawyers who turned to mindfulness and meditation practice to manage the overwhelming stress and anxiety that is so prevalent in our profession. They saw first hand the very practical benefits these practices offer—reducing stress, improving focus, sense of well-being, and clarity. This is a book written by lawyers, for lawyers, with the intent of offering a comfortable entry-point to mindfulness and meditation.

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About NAWL Book Club

The National Association of Women Lawyers Book Club Committee’s mission is to organize and promote book club telephonic and webinar based discussions on books involving professional and personal development. Areas of focus include but are not limited to leadership, communication, diversity, work-life balance, stress management, goal setting, networking, and other current and relevant areas of interest for women lawyers. All members and non-members of NAWL are welcome to serve on the Committee and participate in the calls, which are scheduled based on author availability and other planning factors.‎ Discussions typically include the author, if available and a volunteer moderator.

About Seyfarth Shaw

The delivery of superior client service relies on the quality, commitment, and high performance by all our personnel. At Seyfarth, wellness and mindfulness are not distractions from a high performance environment; to the contrary, they promote the highest levels of performance and a rewarding and sustainable professional experience for each member of our workforce. Seyfarth is proud to partner with NAWL, Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford in the effort to educate and engage the legal community in mindfulness and meditation for lawyers.

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