Author: Kate Mangan

What To Do When the Pressure Is On

20:38 26 May in Articles, Stress

Every lawyer has had it happen. You think of the perfect follow-up question after the deposition ends, or you devise the pithy answer to the judge’s question after the hearing. Often, we perform well below our best in high-stakes situations, despite hours of dedicated preparation. Here is what’s going on in your brain and what you can do to perform closer to your potential, even when the pressure is on. Read more here....

Remember to Breathe

04:29 09 March in Articles, Mindfulness, Stress

The ABA Section of Litigation for Small Firms and Solos recently featured Christy Cassisa's article on mindfulness for lawyers. The article explains the hazards of using our "lizard brain" (the primitive brain that springs into action when we are stressed) and how we can learn to function more sustainably through mindfulness. Read Christy's complete article here....

Making the Case for Love in the Law

18:07 04 March in Uncategorized

Anyone who has spent any time practicing law, anyone who went to law school, anyone who's ever had to deal with a lawyer, or even those who've only encountered lawyers on TV can tell that this profession is rife with conflict.  It's inherent in the nature of the job as advocate.  Unfortunately, conflict is also pervasive throughout most law firm cultures, even among those who are supposedly on the same team. It takes a lot of awareness to be able to turn the adversarial attitude on and off on demand. On when you're facing opposing counsel. Off when dealing with...

Is Your Desk Stressing You Out?

04:14 17 February in Articles, Stress, Uncategorized

Do you ever walk into your office, only to feel a strong urge to turn around? Perhaps the piles of paper and sticky notes plastered to your monitor are more distressing than helpful. The good news is that there is a lot you can do to make your desk a calmer, more productive place. Check out my recent article about how to restore calm and focus to your desk: Restore Order to Your Desk...

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How to Love Doing Your Timesheets

21:11 06 January in Articles, Stress

Lawyers often view completing timesheets as a necessary evil. But it turns out that our timesheets may provide us with a roadmap to being happier lawyers. Timesheets are even similar to exercises that psychologists and other experts use to increase happiness. Read the full article at The Lawyerist....