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Law and the Good Life: Live (CANCELLED) *
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When: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Registration: 10:45 AM | Program: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: 1050 Westbrook Street
Bangor: Cross Insurance Center
United States

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This program has been postponed and will be rescheduled after June 1, 2020.  The new date will be posted when available.

CLE CREDITS:  1.0 ethics (PRACPRO) 
                            Focus on attorney mental health issues - Maine Bar Rule 5(c)(1))P
Attorneys have a much higher rate of anxiety, depression, and stress than other profession. Stress among attorneys is a serious problem and can impact the attorney’s ability to sufficiently help clients. While many professional occupations come with pressure, attorneys face uncommonly tough challenges that lead to unhappiness and burnout. Stress experienced by attorneys is so far above the norm that it can only be described as “outlier stress.” This program explores how vitality, connectivity, and sustainability can counter the effects of stress.

The program begins by outlining these specific stressors cited most frequently by attorneys in the facilitator’s study:

  • A sense of having no control over work/life
  • Frustration with not being able to sufficiently help clients or make a difference
  • Excessively demanding and often adversarial work

Vitality lays a foundation for well-being by optimizing the physical, psychological and mental resiliency integral to feeling in command – no matter what is happening externally. The focus is on:

  • Thinking and behaving in ways that stimulate confidence, commitment and endurance
  • Clarifying values and priorities so the most important, highest level work gets done
  • Galvanizing the energy and focus for thriving in the face of unpredictable demands

Connectivity builds on vitality by enhancing alliances and creating feelings of contribution and camaraderie. Emphasis is placed on:

  • Establishing satisfying client relationships despite inevitable obstacles
  • Increasing personal and professional fulfillment through social involvement
  • Communicating more artfully to get results more quickly

Sustainability maximizes attorney stamina in the face of monumental workloads and extraordinary expectations. The goal here is:

  • Creating structures that foster smart decision-making and innovating problem-solving
  • Asserting with diplomacy, whether with difficult colleagues or challenging clients
  • Emulating the habits of career athletes and other peak performers – despite constant distractions, demands, and deadlines.

Presenter: Amy Wood, Psy.D., Falmouth 

» MSBA Member: $50
» CLE Club Members: $40
» Support Staff of Club Member: $40
» Non-Members: $70
» Legal Support Staff/Paralegal: $45
» MSBA Student Member: $10

Materials will be provided at the program.

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  • Non-Members & Non-Attorneys: If you have attended any MSBA event in the past, you have an account with us. If you do not know your username or password, please call the MSBA. We will provide you with login credentials so you can register online.
  • If you have never attended an MSBA event: Please call the MSBA or mail or fax this registration form to register.

Walk-in registrations are welcome and
payment must be made at the time of registration. Walk-in registrants will receive the link at the program to download the materials.
Full refunds will be given to those who cancel by 4:30 p.m., 5 working days prior to the program. Registrants who cancel after this deadline but prior to the program date will be charged an administrative fee of $15 per credit hour. A link to download and print the materials will be sent to those who fail to cancel in advance. QUESTIONS? CONTACT US!


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