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:

MSBA’s Life & The Law Committee and Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company are proud to present a breakfast Meet-and-Greet and presentation by Brian Cuban, author of “The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of The Bar, Booze, Blow, & Redemption”

This event will be held at the MSBA offices on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 from 8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.  The first half hour will be a Meet-and-Greet with Mr. Cuban with an opportunity get a copy of his (autographed) book; he will then be presenting from 9:00 A.M. until approximately 10:00 A.M.  To RSVP, please contact one of the Life and The Law’s Co-Chairs (Chase Andersen, or Patty Beck,

Description: Substance use disorders have always been higher than the societal norm in the legal profession. Most lawyers know someone in the legal profession whose career was either lost or significantly harmed due to addiction. Attorneys and law students like anyone else can be genetically pre-disposed to alcoholism, substance use disorders, depression, eating disorders and even adult self-harm. The stress of practicing law can be an environmental trigger to these issues. The associated shame and fear of judgment can inhibit a lawyer from disclosing these issues until there are both physical and employment consequences. In partnership with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Brian Cuban discusses his experiences with mental health issues, both as a law student at the University of Pittsburgh and practicing attorney in Dallas, Texas for over twenty years. Brian discusses his recovery, redefining his career as well as restoring family and passion for life.

Brian Cuban is a Dallas based attorney, author and addiction recovery advocate. He is a graduate of Penn State University and The University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban.  Brian has been in long term recovery from alcohol, cocaine and bulimia since April of 2007.

Brian’s most recent, best-selling book, “The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of The Bar, Booze, Blow, & Redemption” is an un-flinching look back at how addiction and other mental health issues destroyed his career as a once successful lawyer and how he and others in the profession redefined their lives in recovery and found redemption.

Brian has spoken at colleges, universities, conferences, non-profit and legal events across the United States and in Canada. Brian has appeared on prestigious talks shows such as the Katie Couric Show as well as numerous media outlets around the country. He also writes extensively on these subjects. His columns have appeared and he has been quoted on these topics on,, The Huffington Post, Above The Law, The New York Times, and in online and print newspapers around the world.

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.