Well-Being



Who we are and what we are proud of

      • The MSBA Well-Being Committee (previously the Life & the Law Committee) is the committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association dedicated to helping lawyers and legal professionals thrive in both their legal careers and personal lives  Specifically, we accomplish our goals in a variety of ways, including:
        • Providing CLE programs and events dedicated to providing education on career, professional, and personal development,
        • Using our website and other informational materials to provide links and resources relevant to wellness and improving quality of life, and
        • Supporting and collaborating with lawyer assistance programs, including Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers.

 

Research shows that a happy, healthy lawyer enjoys a more meaningful practice and personal life while better serving his or her clients. According to the ABA, lawyer well-being involves a continuous process in which lawyers seek to thrive in each of the six dimensions of their lives, and the MSBA Well-Being Committee is committed to helping Minnesota lawyers do exactly that.

 

Life and Law

Minnesota Call to Action for Lawyer Well-Being

  • The Minnesota Supreme Court hosted a Call to Action for lawyer well-being in February 2019 to discuss the widespread challenges lawyers in Minnesota face with regard to well-being. Hundreds of attorneys participated in a seminar that highlighted the struggles lawyers endure, practical steps lawyers and legal employers can take to combat the well-being crisis, and plans for further action to change the culture of the legal profession in Minnesota. Click Here to learn more about the Call to Action, to view related educational materials, and to watch key presentations delivered throughout the seminar.


Join us!

The MSBA Well-Being Committee is excited to share that there has been a lot of interest in lawyer well-being within our community, which has created more opportunities for us to promote lawyer well-being in Minnesota!

 Our primary focus for 2020 will be on developing written content on well-being topics for publication in Bench & Bar of Minnesota, the Well-Being Committee website, and hopefully other Minnesota publications.

 The articles can vary in length from 700-3,000 words. We want to represent viewpoints from the entire legal profession including lawyers at all firm sizes and in-house, lawyers in their first 10 years of practice and beyond, judges, law students, lawyers in non-practicing roles, etc.

 We are looking for articles that touch on any of the following topics:

  • Practical tips on how to incorporate well-being into daily routines
    • i.e., mindfulness, exercise, stress-reducing tips for around the office (in the moment and long-term)
  • Spotlight articles where lawyers/judges/students share their experiences with anything well-being related including anxiety, depression, substance use, etc., and how that has impacted their experience in the legal profession
  • Articles addressing any type of success stories of lawyers/judges incorporating well-being into their daily practices
  • Substantive articles related to ethics/malpractice/statistics on well-being related topics
    • i.e., unplugging, nutrition, importance of sleep, etc. and ethical/malpractice consequences for not addressing them

 If you or someone you know is interested in writing about any of the above topics (or topics not mentioned), please email Joe Beckman (JBeckman@hjlawfirm.com) or Alice Sherren (asherren@mlmins.com).




Committee Meetings

All meetings are from noon to 1:00 p.m. on an as-needed basis. Meetings are currently being held virtually.

No upcoming meetings.



Well-Being in Print!



Community Wellness Events

COVID-19 has impacted the ability to attend the below events in person; however, many organizations have begun providing remote access so that we can stay connected while observing the recommended social distancing practices. We encourage you to explore the below activities via remote means.

As attorneys, we have a responsibility to ourselves, our clients, and the profession to ensure we are maintaining an appropriate work/life balance that allows us to successfully, and ethically, engage in the practice of law. Below are events around the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota that will allow attorneys to take time to engage in activities that promote physical and mental health. If you would like to see additional events added to our page, please contact one of the co-chairs.  

HCBA Clubs – HCBA offers a variety of clubs that promote attorney wellness with upcoming events including Yoga, Running, Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hockey, Movies, Photography, etc. (Click Here for more information)

5K, 10K, Half Marathons, Full Marathons (for a full list of MN events, Click Here)

  • Stay tuned for more information!

Twin Cities Literary Calendar
Interested in attending a poetry reading, lecture/panel discussion of works by local authors, or joining a book club? Click here to see the upcoming events around the Twin Cities!

Twin Cities Arts & Culture Event Calendar
Looking to attend an event at an art gallery, a performance at a local theater, or live music performances? Click here for a list of events happening around the Twin Cities!

Other Fun Ideas
Other great ways to take a break from the office and reboot are taking cooking classes, art/craft classes, attending an open mic night at a comedy club or a local coffee shop, and volunteering at an animal shelter. There are lots of opportunities readily available by doing a quick internet search in your area. If you’re looking for other ideas, feel free to email one of the committee co-chairs and we’d be happy to brainstorm!



ABA Well-Being Initiative

The 44 recommendations contained within the Report are directed to various legal stakeholders such as judges, regulators, law firms, law schools, bar associations, professional liability carriers and lawyer assistance programs, all in an effort to change the culture and discussion surrounding attorney wellbeing.


Want to get involved in our committee? Please contact us or just come to our next meeting!


Co-Chairs

Joe Beckman
Alice Sherren

Staff Liaison
Steve Marchese
612-278-6308