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
As part of the The Law School Wellness Project, Professor Joe Bankman and Sarah Weinstein are co-hosting a monthly podcast about wellness and mental health in the legal profession. The WellnessCast will feature an expert each month in a relevant substantive area. We welcome your input about topics and look forward to opening conversations that are informative and candid.
WellnessCast™ Conversation with Professor Heidi Brown, author of The Introverted Lawyer
- Psychoeducation for Anxiety, Joe 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
- 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.
Articles and Websites
- Professor Peter Huang, University of Colorado Law School
Huang is interested in empowering law students to make better decisions by practicing mindfulness and utilizing thinking tools. Huang and Denver University law school professor Debra Austin are working to apply positive psychology, positive computing, and positive education to help law students thrive and law schools flourish. Austin and Huang are collaborating on a study to analyze how legal education impacts law students’ well-being, pro-social behavior, decision-making, and ethical behavior. Huang is also interested in fostering law students to become more creative thinkers and innovative problem solvers.
- Mindfulness in Legal Education, UC Berkeley School of Law
Helpful readings, syllabi, videos, and resources provided by UC Berkeley School of Law
- Jurisight, The University of Miami School of Law
Jurisight was created by Scott Rogers, M.S., J.D., from UMiami as a method of sharing mindfulness with lawyers, judges, and law students that uses the language, imagery and culture of the law to communicate fundamental mindfulness insights and exercises. It brings together groundbreaking work in the field of neuroscience and the contemplative practice of mindfulness.
- The Mindful Lawyer
The Mindful Lawyer, also created by Scott Rogers, M.S., J.D., in collaboration with Jurisight, provides resources, events, programs, and information about mindfulness and law.