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Be more responsive, less reactive.
—Dianne Poole Heller

Message from the Director

Welcome to the fourth annual statewide edition of Sidebar. So many of you have reached out with stories of new awareness, awakening, and transformation—usually coming about as a result of some kind of unexpected, painful curveball that life has thrown you. The personal transformations these curve balls can foster are much more common amongst our brethren than most lawyers and judges realize. Part of our aim with Sidebar is to equip readers with a wealth and variety of tools and resources to aid in this process. I hope you find something useful to you in this edition. Read More

Meditation in the Practice of Law

Whether it is preventing the quick-witted reply to aggressive opposing counsel, or remembering that the person on the other end of the phone is looking for understanding, not a lecture, this lawyer details the benefits of a regular morning meditation practice. Read More

Lovely Nonsense

This lawyer thought all this talk of “self-care” was lovely nonsense until unintentionally stumbling into a hobby—a hobby which requires focused attention, in-and-of-itself an active kind of meditation practice. Read More

Practice Perspectives

Why is everyone is such a great mood? Read More

Mindful Moment

This lawyer’s story is an excellent example of how helpful using simple mindfulness tools can be when we are taken off guard. Read More

Remember that NY Times Article...?

A few years ago a widely circulated NY Times article made waves in the legal profession. Penned by his ex-wife, Eilene Zimmerman, it told the story of the overdose death of a well-regarded, big firm, Silicon Valley attorney. She has now written a book entitled, Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy. “When you’re dying, I wondered, who do you call? Peter dialed in to a conference call.” Read More

First Annual ABA Lawyer Well-Being Week

We’re excited to participate in the first annual Lawyer Well-Being Week and invite you to do the same. Here is your invitation to participate. Read More

Something to Consider

Living through the forge of this world either destroys us or strengthens something essential in us.
—Russ Hudson

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
—Helen Keller

The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.
—Caroline Myss

Upcoming Events - LAP Related

February 28, 2020
Minority Outreach Conference
Durham Conv. Ctr.
Invitations in early 2020

Upcoming Events - Community Based
(not LAP sponsored; a clearing house of information for recovery related events around the state)

Renewal Center of the South
Current Retreat Schedule

Submissions to the Sidebar are Welcome

See guidelines for submissions

Annual Report

View the 2018-2019 Annual Report
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