A private chat with fellow attorneys is a click away

first_img “As lawyers, we’ve always talked about the ideals of public service and serving the client and the great good we can do in a democracy and all that razmatazz,” Krieger said. “And lawyers who are following that ideal are more satisfied. But the money thing is always the big thing. And people forget that, yes, their family is as important, more important/ The deep parts of our values and ideals that make us people can be expressed in the law in marvelously helpful ways. But too many lawyers forget, and get lost in billable hours or the next client. It’s easy to get lost, because it’s hard work.” The bottom line: “If one is not happy, what is the point?” Krieger asks that question in an article he wrote for the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Journal of Law and Health, titled “What We’re Not Telling Law Students — and Lawyers — that they Really Need to Know: Some Thoughts-In-Action Toward Revitalizing the Profession from its Roots” (Volume 13, Issue I, 1998-99). “Legal educators need to explicitly acknowledge the reality which is increasingly dawning on unhappy practitioners: There is much more to a good life as a lawyer than constant achievement. Students must learn early to work toward their very best while keeping personal health, happiness and life balance as absolute priorities. Otherwise, giving up qualtiy of life now may well become a lifelong mistake.” Krieger goes on to say, “It is no coincidence that the common caricature of lawyers includes shallowness, greed and dishonesty — qualities that manifest in a personal environment devoid of real meaning. And a high rate of addiction among lawyers, by definition, reflects a loss of connection with our feelings and inner self.” Krieger, once a prosecutor, knows well how busy lawyers are — often too busy to seek help or even attend a CLE class on stress management. “Our committee felt that lawyers feel too busy, and we get isolated,” he said. “With isolation can come a sense of depression, which can make people dive even more into work.” And ’round and ’round it goes. The electronic discussion board, Krieger hopes, is a safe chance to have a chat with a fellow lawyer, maybe someone who will say, “I know what you mean. I’ve been there. And I made this change that has really helped. Why don’t you try it?” June 1, 2000 Regular News The drive to be the best, and that only the best will succeed. Relentless competition in a win-lose arena. Performance and appearaces are crucially important. Unyielding devotion leads to excessive hours of work. Being so analytical, you lose touch with your inner feelings and conscience. A private chat with fellow attorneys is a click away Take a deep breath and try to answer this question honestly: How often do you meet a happy lawyer? That’s what we thought. You know what the research reveals: More than a third of lawyers say they are “highly dissatisfied;” an even higher number wish they could flee the profession. Lawyers have the highest rate of major depressive disorders among 104 occupational groups, and lawyers rank fifth among all occupational groups in committing suicide. “All the studies and figures indicate that this is one of the most stressful professions,” says Michael Cohen, chair of The Florida Bar’s Quality of Life/Stress Management Committee. “The whole thrust is that you don’t need to be working 60 to 80 hours and making X dollars to be happy. Maybe make less and have more time for family and get back to the practice of law would make you happier.” Cohen advises there’s great comfort in knowing you’re not alone, and that it’s a lot better to talk about your concerns and problems early on, before stress can lead to addiction, alcoholism, neglecting clients and ethical problems. That’s why his committee has come up with a new resource to help: a confidential electronic discussion group as a convenient and confidential way for lawyers to vent and chat about stress or other problems, and, hopefully, colleagues will be ready to supply construction solutions. From the privacy of your home or office, click on www.law.fsu.edu:8080/~happylawyer or it can be accessed from the Quality of Life/Stress Management web page at www.fla-lap.org/qlsm/. What you’ll find is the discussion board, “Happy Lawyer is Not an Oxymoron: Health and Satisfaction in the Profession,” (a pithy title created by Tampa attorney Diane Vogt) that bills itself as a confidential, password-protected electronic discussion group maintained primarily for members of The Florida Bar who are “seeking greater happiness, health and balance in their lives, or who would like to share their efforts and methods of maximizing those qualities in their lives as lawyers.” The site is maintained at Florida State University College of Law, where Dean Don Weidner believes: “It is important for our law school to be involved in the life of the profession. I hope we can be of real service to practitioners seeking to lead balanced professional, personal and even spiritual lives.” Manager of the site is Larry Krieger, vice-chair of the committee and a clinical professor at FSU’s College of Law. In preparing his students for externship clinics in criminal law, he also teaches his students about the pitfalls of the profession that can easily lead to stressed, out-of-balance, unhappy lives: A private chat with fellow attorneys is a click awaylast_img read more

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Romalho wins back-to-back GuyanaNRA Record Shoots

first_img… Goodluck, Felicien record possible at 300, 500 RangesFOLLOWING his win one week ago with an aggregate score of 118 points and 6Vbulls, Leo Romalho repeated as champion of the latest Guyana National Rifle Association Record Shoot held last Sunday at the Timehri Rifle Range, Yarrowkabra, Linden Soesdyke Highway.Despite notching two points less than the previous week, Romalho recorded enough Vbulls to stave off a stern test from fellow marksman Sherwin Felicien, who also tallied 116 points, the same as Romalho. The difference was 7Vbulls to 5Vbulls.Based on reports from the ranges, the day was hot with the wind factor being high strength to still switching from left to right with equal strength.The mirage was running and if attention wasn’t paid to same, it would have resulted in the shooter losing the shot. As it turned out, the shooter who held his nerves came out victorious.And two possibles were recorded on the day, veteran Ransford Goodluck was first to do so at the 300 yards range (50.5). He also ended with the most Vbulls for the day (9).The other was recorded by Sherwin Felicien at the 500 yards range, 35.0.Following are the full scores for the day:Name                  300  500     600    AggregateLeo Romalho        49.2   33.2    34.3     116.7Sherwin Felicien  47.2   35.0     34.3     116.5Ransford Goodluck   50.5   30.1   34.3   114.9Roberto Tewari    47.3     32.1     34.2     113.6Peter Persaud       47.1     33.2     30.1     110.4last_img read more

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Clearview Colts drop to 0-2 at provincials

first_imgThe Colts lost their first game 5-1, and fell last night 8-0 to Surrey. Clearview has two games on today’s schedule. They played at 8 a.m. this morning against South Vancouver Island, and they take to the ice once more at 5 p.m. when they skate with Kamloops at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.First spot in the tournament currently belongs to Surrey with a record of 3-0.- Advertisement –last_img

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Over 100 Dungloe students to star in RCS’s production of ‘Mamma Mia!’

first_img‘Mamma Mia!’, the smash hit musical based on the songs of Swedish super-group ABBA bursts onto the RCS stage in Dungloe next week, as a vivacious musical comedy about mothers, daughters, old friends, and new family.The students and staff of the Rosses Community School are about to stage what is “their most ambitious production to date”.“RCS Mamma Mia” features the classic hits of ABBA and a cast of 105 students from first, second, transition and fifth year. The cast have been extremely dedicated rehearsing every day and on weekends since November. “RCS Mamma Mia” will run in the school’s Ionad Spóirt na Rosann, Dungloe, from Tuesday, March 7th to Friday, March 10th.The Musical tells the story of Donna, an independent, single mother who is about to give away Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone on an idyllic Greek island. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her three best girlfriends to celebrate the occasion, but Sophie has secretly invited guests of her own – three men from Donna’s past … in the hopes that one of them will be the father she’s never known.Over 24 chaotic hours, new love blooms and old romances are rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities. Taking the leads in the production are Lara O’Donnell, Transition Year student, playing Sophie; Karl Wallace, fifth year student, playing Sky; Bridgeen Doherty, special needs assistant at the school, playing Donna; and Colm Byrne, Technology teacher from Ardara, who will play Sam.Directors this year are again Ms Suzanne Gallagher and Mr Daire Gillen. Music is provided by the talented Mr David Oliver and his band from Strabane who guides them through ABBA’s famous song catalogue including all the catchy dance tunes and touching ballads that fans have come to love – “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Take a Chance on Me” and more.A hilarious story of love and friendship, you are assured to be astounded by the amazingly talented youth of the Rosses, anyone who has been at previous RCS productions will tell you they are not to be missed.Ticket prices are reduced for the opening night, Feb. 10th, performance to 8 euro adult,/ 4 euro student, and are 12 euro adult,/ 6 euro student for the three remaining nights.“RCS Mamma Mia” begins at 6.30 on March 7th and at 8pm on March 8th to 10th.Don’t miss your chance to dance, jive and have the time of your life! Over 100 Dungloe students to star in RCS’s production of ‘Mamma Mia!’ was last modified: February 25th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dungloemamma miaPlayRCSrosses community schoolSCHOOLlast_img read more

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