STRESS, LAWYERS & LITIGATORS: PRACTICAL LINKS AND PRACTICAL STEPS

 The blog post yesterday on Litigation in a tough world let to more responses that I could possibly have mentioned. It has led to a lot of comment and support on Twitter, from solicitors, from the Bar and from many lawyers abroad, including the USA, Australia and several countries in Africa.   The problems are universal.  This seems a good time to repeat my guide to links that help lawyers deal with stress. I am always looking for more and willing to add those that are useful.

 “Litigation in particular tends to result in high levels of stress among attorneys. 

HELPFUL LINKS

  • Ulaw blog considers research that looked at thousands of lawyers in the U.S. and Canada. That showed a paradox. There was a correlation between depression and “success”. “lawyers who attained the pinnacle level of success in large, competitive firms might appear to actually be the most unhappy.”
  • The Law Society of Ireland has a recent publication Managing Stress in the Law
  • Yuriy Moshes, P.C. has a useful post How Lawyers Can Avoid Burnout and Debilitating Anxiety There is a particular emphasis on litigators.

 “Litigation in particular tends to result in high levels of stress among attorneys. This is in large part attributable to the nature of litigation as compared to         transactional work. The American system of justice is by its very nature adversarial with two opposing parties with opposite viewpoints.

Litigation attorneys necessarily work with very difficult people for a living; people who will refuse to give an inch unless they are allowed to take a mile in return.”

Practical guidance on avoiding and dealing with stress

Practical links from Lawyers with Depression

There is a blog “Lawyers with Depression” These links are taken from that blog.

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