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CAMP Cairn | September 2020
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How many of you are juggling more than one thing right now? Maybe you are on a Zoom call while attempting to catch up on e-mail. Perhaps you are facilitating at home learning for your children while preparing a client memo. Or you might be burning the midnight oil to stay on top of professional and personal to-do lists that never seem to end.  

From lawyering to parenting, to cooking and volunteering. From serving your clients to improving the profession and everything in between, many of you are the most nimble, dedicated, spirited people I have the privilege of knowing. You are the masters of "YES, and..." rather than "YES, but..."

Naturally, you've applied all of this agility to your practice during this unprecedented year of remote lawyering. I know many of you pride yourselves on inspiring those you work with and see yourselves as relationship builders. You see the good in your colleagues. Their uniqueness. Their shine. You see the challenges of your clients and you scout out ways under, around and through those difficulties. You mentor and coach your colleagues with this same aplomb.

All of the ways that you are balancing on the tightrope and spinning the plates as you face an ongoing public health crisis is a skill. In these pandemic times, however, it is important to remember that skill and capacity are two different things.

I have been lucky to know so many lawyers like you. Willing. Observant. Considerate. Nimble. Open to learning a new program/app/platform to support their clients and their practice. As a member of this profession, I have known generosity of self in each of you that is astounding.

No matter how superhuman lawyers can be, they all face moments of feeling they have little or nothing left to give. Many of us are experiencing a profound lack of capacity in this moment. This diminished personal capacity is the product of many factors and was a passion project of mine long before pandemic days brought the well-being of lawyers into our awareness.

I believe emotional self-care is one of the keys to maintaining and expanding our capacity to connect with others and to effectively serve in our role as lawyers.

Would you like to learn more about emotional self-care and expand your skills in this area? Join me for a 14-Day Self-Care Challenge. September is Self-Care Awareness Month. Launch day is September 8th! During the challenge you will receive a self-care toolkit, see daily posts to encourage new practices, and enjoy connecting with other lawyers around emotional agility and lawyer well-being. I can't wait to connect with you and support you in your self-care goals in September!

If you don't have the capacity to join in the Self-Care Challenge, consider these tips for cultivating emotional agility during the next month:
 
  • When all else fails, remember the basics. Be sure to get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise. Research demonstrates that these basic daily tasks support our brains in coping effectively, regulating stress, decreasing depression and anxiety symptoms, and processing information.
 
 
  • Just as you would create a medical toolkit, create a coping toolkit for yourself. Put together a list or kit of activities and objects that help you feel grounded, safe, bring you joy, and increase your quality of life as you ride out this crisis.
     
 
  • Although staying informed is important, as possible, minimize your exposure to media and/or the flooding of traumatic stories about the pandemic. Exposure to trauma-filled media has been linked with increases in vicarious traumatization and traumatic stress symptoms.
 
  • Take advantage of the resources of the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP) http://coloradolap.org/ and prioritize your mental health and well-being. Reach out to get free, confidential support when you need it. 
 
  • Normalize your struggles. Remember that you are not alone in this and many others are dealing with the consequences of this distressing time. Be kind to yourself (and others). Kindness and compassion can go a long way.
 
I hope you will join me in dedicating 14 days this month to cultivating emotional agility and increasing your capacity to continue to show up in your practice and in your professional relationships with the skill and ability I know is in all of you. Follow the CAMP Facebook and Twitter pages beginning September 8th to join the Challenge!
CAMP Upcoming Events

Secondary traumatic stress, also known as vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue, is a condition that mimics post-traumatic stress disorder. It is caused by being indirectly exposed to someone else?s trauma. Many lawyers and judges are unaware that secondary trauma might be affecting them or their colleagues. You do not have to work directly with a traumatized client to develop secondary traumatic stress: anyone who works in a courtroom and listens to testimony about traumatic events can be at risk. This program will help you understand and recognize trauma, secondary trauma, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, and the tools you can use to prevent burnout. You?ll gain strategies to improve client relationships, to better serve your clients and care for yourself.

Presenter:

Amy Kingery of COLAP


To attend via webinar, please RSVP at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5954563952579857421

Unfortunately, too many attorneys mistakenly believe that they have to take zealous advocacy to the extreme by engaging in bullying, hostile, abusive and unprofessional conduct. This conduct often is directed against junior attorneys, women and minorities and may include comments that are sexist, racist or otherwise offensive. Having a good understanding of the ethical prohibitions against bullying in the practice of law and the proper and permissible ways to respond to this misconduct, can make a difference is how effectively you represent your client and protect yourself. Celebrate Legal Professionalism Month by joining our panel of experts discuss effective strategies for dealing with bullying adversaries who don't play by the rules.

Panelists:

Alexis Reller
Jon White
Justice Richard Gabriel


To attend via live webinar, RSVP at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6001683522987156237

Legal and other disputes are increasingly resolved by dispute resolution processes other than litigation. Given this trend, it is important for new lawyers to be familiar with these alternative processes, such as arbitration and mediation, and the benefits and risks they present. At the same time, these alternative processes require creative and interdisciplinary problem-solving perspectives and skills. Join our panel of experts to explore negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and court-connected dispute resolution procedures. Gain a conceptual and legal framework of basic dispute resolution processes and skills. We?ll also cover ADR career pathways and how to thrive as an ADR practitioner.

Panelists:

Marianne Lizza-Irwin
Joan McWilliams
Hon. Angela Arkin

To attend via webinar, RSVP at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8043238022327810572

 LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!!!

Circle launches October 15th
Attention: Solo-Small Firm practitioners!

 

Colorado’s legal profession is evolving. The culture of the profession looks dramatically different than it did five, twenty, and fifty years ago. The need for lawyer mentoring, however, has remained constant. Mentoring Circles are the newest way in which Colorado lawyers are finding mentoring opportunities. Mentoring circles are a form of group mentoring that encourages participants of all experience levels, positions, and knowledge to self-organize into mentoring groups for their personal and professional development. This unique setup gives motivated lawyers an avenue to grow within the profession, and opens the door for all lawyers (no matter seniority or practice area) to build more robust networks and connections they can turn to for support, practice area competencies, and professional growth.

LawBank and the CBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section are launching a mentoring circle dedicated to the unique professional development needs of solo and small firm lawyers in Colorado.

The CLE accredited mentoring circle, set to launch in October 2020 and supported by the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP), is available to solo and small firm lawyers of all practice stages and experience. 

Join LawBank/CBA Solo Small Firm Mentoring Circle

New Pro Bono Opportunities For Federal Practitioners

 

Are you a federal practitioner seeking pro bono opportunities in federal court? Check out this event on October 8th to learn more about federal pro bono work and collect a few free CLE credits at the same time!

Register at
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3228434829302983947


Think You’re Multitasking? Think Again.
         
    We are living in an age of information overload, and are bombarded with information from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep.  Unfortunately, the human brain has not caught up with the exponential increase in stimulus that we are expected to respond to, so we developed coping strategies like “multitasking” to assimilate.  But while we are capable of doing two things at the same time, the brain cannot concentrate on two tasks at the same time.  Thus, the concept of multitasking is actually a myth. When we think we are multitasking, we are actually switching tasks quickly.  The problem with that is making the brain “stop and go” requires tremendous energy that can deplete chemicals needed to concentrate and process information.  The outcome of doing too much multitasking is feeling or being exhausted and cloudy-headed.   The bottom line?  SLOW DOWN and focus on what you are doing.  Need help prioritizing?  Your Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program can help. 

For more information or for confidential assistance, please contact your Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program at 303.986.3345 or visit our website at www.coloradolap.org.






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