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Life & the Law Committee

Why are we here?

We are the committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association dedicated to helping lawyers and legal professionals thrive in both their legal career and their personal life. A happy, healthy lawyer enjoys a more meaningful practice and personal life while better serving his/her clients.

What do we do?

In service of our purpose to serve Minnesota’s lawyers and legal professionals, we provide resources and tools in areas such as career satisfaction, work/life balance, mental/chemical health issues, physical well-being, and many other quality of life issues. Specifically, we accomplish our goals in a variety of ways, including:

  • Providing 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 improving quality of life, and
  • Supporting CLE’s and programs produced by organizations committed to providing support for Minnesota’s lawyers.

What are we proud of?

  • Hosting programs providing strategies on stress reduction related to specific areas of practice.
  • Co-hosting and co-sponsoring a variety of programs and Continuing Legal Education events with Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and other organizations.

Join Us!

Want to get involved in our committee?

Please contact one of our Co-Chairs below, or just come to our next meeting!
Chase Anderson (Co-Chair)
Patty Devoy (Co-Chair)

Or contact the MSBA staff liaison to the Life and the Law Committee: Steve Marchese 612-278-6308 

2017-18 Committee Meetings: 

All meetings are from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the office of the Minnesota State Bar Association:
Wednesday, September 6
Wednesday, October 4
Wednesday, November 15
Additional meetings will be posted as dates are set

Coming Events:

Volunteer to provide dinner service at People Serving People, the third Wednesday of every month from 4:15pm – 5:45pm. People Serving People is the largest and most comprehensive family-focused homeless shelter in Minnesota. Located at 614 3rd St. S, Minneapolis, MN 55415 (near the new US Bank Stadium). If you are interested in joining us, please contact Molly Eiden  or Chris Siebenaler as we have a limited number of spots available!

The Hennepin County Yoga Club hosts a free yoga class monthly. Contact the HCBA.

Past Events in the 2016-2017 Bar Year: 

Volunteering at People Serving People, a family-focused homeless shelter.

Chip-Dip Contest and Kick-Off Committee Meeting for the upcoming year on August 22, 2016

Minnehaha Falls Off Leash Dog Park Litter Pick-Up on Sept. 11, 2016

Bringing Mindfulness to Your Law Practice with Jeena Cho on Nov. 10, 2016

ABA Webinar "Fierce & Gritty: Resilience Training for Lawyers" in collaboration with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

"Chronic Stress, Trauma, Mental Health & Addiciton in the Legal Profession" CLE in collaboration with MSBA Family Law Section

The Ethics of Managing Negativity in the Profession, CLE Feb. 9, 2017, in collaboration with the New Lawyers Section

CLE: The ABA Hazelden Study on Lawyer Impairment - One Year Later, Feb. 23, 2017 at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. 

Live CLE webcast: One Year Later: the ABA/Hazelden Study on Lawyer Impairment" March 23.