Wellness Project

Teaching materials, WellnessCast™, Articles, and Bloggers on wellness in law school.

There has been an explosion of interest in wellness at law schools, and in the greater legal community. The purpose of this website is to make it easier for those working in this area to share ideas, teaching materials, articles and announcements.  I’ll start the ball off by posting materials for a 2-hour course my co-authors and I have developed on psychoeducation for anxiety.  You can learn more about the course by clicking on the links below.

I’m a clinical psychologist as well as a lawyer, and often work within a cognitive behavioral framework. I’m a fan of (and use) other techniques and approaches as well, and hope this site allows us all to learn more about our and others’ approaches.

The website is meant to be a joint project.  Please use the link immediately below to contribute content suggestions to the site.  

– Joe Bankman, Stanford

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Teaching Materials

      • Materials-for-Anxiety-Psychoeducation-CourseJoe Bankman, Stanford Law School
        These materials explain the cognitive behavioral model of anxiety and techniques to reduce anxiety. The course has been taught successfully at Stanford and Yale Law Schools. The materials assume no prior knowledge of the area; we teach instructors the material and teach instructors how to teach the material. We offer a (free) webinar for instructors.
      • Well-Being and the Practice of Law, Daniel S. Bowling, III, Duke Law School 
        The class focuses on the important, but under-explored, question:  What is the impact of alleged lawyer unhappiness on legal professionalism?
      • Teaching Emotional Intelligence to Law Students: Three Keys to Mastery, William S. Blatt, University of Miami School of Law
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        – Syllabus                              
      • Contemplative Lawyering, Tim Iglesias, USF School of Law
        This course exposes students to the contemplative practices of a variety of wisdom traditions (both religious and secular) with the hope that they develop their own contemplative practices. Such practices hone a variety of useful human capacities and skills that overlap with many essential lawyering skills.
      • The Happy Lawyer, Dean Wendy Collins Perdue and Christopher Corts, University of Richmond School of Law
        This course first explores the concept of happiness across three dimensions— positive feeling, wellbeing, and life/career satisfaction—and then investigates the role that workplace attributes, personal characteristics, and intentional practices play in the happiness of lawyers.
      • Professional Responsibility, Leadership, and Lawyering Success, Cliff Zimmerman and Rob Durr, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
        This course starts with the meaning of professional responsibility, then turns to the concept of Emotional Intelligence and its value both to professional responsibility in general and within various basic aspects of law practice such as interviewing, counseling, conflict management, negotiations, and problem solving.

        Winter Intersession 2016-17
         Fall 2015
      • Legal Professionalism and Narrative, Cliff Zimmerman, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
        This course focuses on the experiences, careers, and lives of lawyers in a variety of settings and contexts, including public service, the judiciary, public interest, and lawyers who use their training and skills outside of the formal practice of law.  Students are called upon to use interview and narrative skills to develop and challenge their notions of what it means to be a lawyer, to be a part of the legal profession, and to progress on the path and development of a legal career.