Balancing the Scales: Practical Stress Management for Lawyers

This program will benefit lawyers and judges who are negatively impacted by the stress of practicing law. Attendees will learn what sets lawyers up to be stressed and overwhelmed and will become familiarized with the well-being spectrum for self-assessment. Attendees will be educated on the hallmarks of high levels of stress in themselves and others and will be provided tools for managing stress and resources for obtaining assistance if needed.


  • Who Is Lynn Garson?
    • Lynn Garson's personal lived experience with mental health issues and addiction
    • A few things no one tells you

  • Framework
    • Introduction to the concept of the well-being continuum
    • Expansion on each stated point in the continuum
      • Wellness/prevention
      • Need for mental health support/intervention
      • Suicidal ideation/crisis

  • Identifying Stress on Law Practice and Practical Strategies for Managing Stress in Ourselves & Others
    • Naming the sources of stress and the stresses that are particular to lawyers
    • Addressing the impact on practice
    • Introduction to the concept of multiple self-imposed stumbling blocks preventing effective stress management
    • Practical tips and ideas

  • Providing Resources to Help With Stress Management, Burn Out and More Intense Issues
    • Informing the audience about lawyers' assistance programs, peer programs, community support groups (e.g., 12-step programs), apps, and other useful programs and tools

  • Questions & Answers
Topics covered include: Law Practice Management Competence Issues
Duration of this webinar: 60 minutes
Originally broadcast: September 20, 2023 11:00 AM PT
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits

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California CLE

Status: Approved

Credits: 1.0 Wellness Competence

Earn Credit Until: September 19, 2025

South Carolina CLE

Status: Approved

Credits: 1.0 Substance Abuse/Mental Health

Difficulty: All Levels

Earn Credit Until: December 31, 2024

Texas CLE

Status: Approved

Credits: 1.0 Legal Ethics

Earn Credit Until: January 31, 2025

North Carolina CLE

Status: Approved

Credits: 1.0 Professional Well-Being

Earn Credit Until: February 28, 2025

This presentation is approved for one hour of Wellness Competence CLE credit in California, one hour of Substance Abuse/Mental Health CLE credit in South Carolina (all levels), and one hour of Professional Well-Being CLE credit in North Carolina. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.0 credit hours, of which 1.0 credit hours will apply to Legal Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit.

Please note that CLE credit, including partial credit, cannot be earned outside of the relevant accreditation period.

At this time, Justia only offers CLE courses officially accredited in certain states. Lawyers may generate a generic attendance certificate to self-submit credit in their own jurisdiction, but Justia does not guarantee that lawyers will receive their desired CLE credit through the self-submission or reciprocity process.

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Lynn Garson
Lynn Garson Attorney - Counsel at Baker & Hostetler
Lynn Garson is an attorney, mental health advocate, and author. In July 2012, she published Southern Vapors, a memoir describing her journey from major clinical depression to recovery, and has since spoken widely, including a TEDx Emory talk, ‚ÄúReforming the Approach to Mental Health in the U.S.", and made numerous presentations to private and public organizations including the American Bar Association, local and state Bar associations, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Georgia Hospital Association and the Association of Legal Administrators. Read More ›
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