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Legal Well-Being In Action Podcast Episode Library

           

Season 1

1.9 Stigma & Counseling

The most common reason for why people don’t seek counseling and other mental health services is the stigma associated with mental illness and seeking treatment. This stigma is even more pronounced in the legal community. As human beings and legal professionals, we all experience the normal ups and downs of life. In this episode we will discuss stigma and counselling, and will address these four interconnected areas.

  • What does it mean to struggle? How would you know if you or a colleague is struggling?
  • What do you look for in a mental health professional? How does that process work and what are the   benefits?
  • What are the components that would make a healthy law firm or legal organization?
  • Where can you reach out for resources?

Presented by: Pamela Moore, MA, LPCC, Program Director of the State Bar of New Mexico’s Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (NMJLAP), and a member of the NM Well-Being Committee. Dr. Rex Swanda is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who is board-certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Evelyn Sandeen is a licensed psychologist who is board-certified in clinical psychology. She has a private practice in which she specializes in psychotherapy with professional clients, training, and consultation.


1.7 Fear

Fear arises with the threat of harm in a physical, emotional, or psychological manner, whether it’s real or imagined. While fear is most commonly associated with a “negative” emotion, fear actually serves an important role in keeping us safe as it prepares us to cope with potential danger.

Join Pamela Moore and Briggs Cheney as they discuss how fear has played a role in their personal and professional lifestyle. Both speakers share tools and tips on how others can manage the uncomfortable sensation of fear, but also identify where we can learn more about ourselves when we do feel fearful in our day to day encounters.

Presented By: Pamela Moore, MA, LPCC, the Program Director of the State Bar of New Mexico’s Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (NMJLAP), and a member of the NM Well-Being Committee.​ Briggs Cheney, Esq., Dixon•Scholl•Carrillo•P.A., Co-Chair to the NMJLAP Committee.


1.6 Compassion Fatigue

Lawyers, in certain practice areas such as criminal law, family law, immigration law, and juvenile law may be highly susceptible to compassion fatigue. In these practice types, lawyers are required to view crime or accident scenes, listen to victims’ stories and view or read reports of graphic evidence of traumatic victimization. Compassion Fatigue, also called “vicarious traumatization” or secondary traumatization, is the emotional residue or strain of exposure to working with those suffering from the consequences of traumatic events. It differs from burn-out, but can co-exist.

Listen in as Bill Slease, Rebecca Kitson, and Sarah Armstrong discuss their thoughts and experiences with compassion fatigue and offer some tips on how to manage a better sense of well-being in what is seen as some of the more difficult areas of law practice.

Presented by: William Slease, Professional Practice Program Director for the State Bar of New Mexico and member of the NM Well-Being Committee; Sarah Armstrong, Armstrong, Roth, Whitley, Johnstone (ARWJ) Family Law, LLC; Rebecca Kitson, Rebecca Kitson Law, LLC.


1.5 Hobbies- Necessity or Nice to Have?

Having a hobby can bring us joy, enrich our lives, and allow creativity to blossom in our brain, but are they really that important to our overall well-being? Study after study says YES! Hobbies relieve stress by keeping you engaged in an enjoyable activity and challenge your brain and body in a positive way. As the pandemic has changed different aspects of our daily lives, many individuals in our community noted hobbies as a vital energizing boost to their daily routine.

Join our two speakers Ms. Caitlin Dillon and Ms. Denise Torres as they explore the importance of hobbies before and after the pandemic. These two successful lawyers touch on topics such as carving out time for activities you enjoy to improve your mental, emotional, and physical health to achieve an overall state of well-being. A healthy, successful lawyer (human being) combines all aspects of themselves to live a healthy, fulfilled, and well-balanced life.

Presented By: Denise Torres, Law Firm of Denise Torres, LLC, chair of the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC), and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Caitlin Dillon, prosecutor in the Special Prosecutions Division for the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, and member of the NM Well-Being Committee.


1.4 Sleep-What You Need to Know And More

Sleep is one area of our life that is vitally important. Too little and you can experience brain fog, lack of energy, and an overall state of “blah”, but too much can leave you feeling sluggish and wondering if there is a deeper physical or mental issue at play. Attorneys and other professionals with demanding jobs can be notorious for not allowing themselves enough sleep time. Join Dr. Lee Brown, MD, board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Sleep Medicine, and Pam Moore, NMJLAP Director, as they explore the topic of sleep. Some of the areas discussed - how much sleep a person really needs, tips on how to set yourself up for falling to sleep at night, sleep cycles defined, sleep disorders and where to get help.

Presented by: Dr. Lee K. Brown, MD, is a tenured Professor of Internal Medicine and holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Pediatrics at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Sleep Medicine. His research interests include photo-biological applications to human disease and performance; circadian rhythm disorders; novel treatments for sleep disordered breathing; other sleep disorders; pulmonary and sleep physiology; and pleural disease. Pamela Moore, MA, LPCC, is the Program Director of the State Bar of New Mexico’s Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (NMJLAP), and a member of the NM Well-Being Committee.


1.3 A Conversation About Well-Being in Law School

What does it mean to be happy, or at least ‘sort of happy’, in law school? What factors do law students have to consider as they navigate what is perceived to be one of the most stressful fields to study and practice? Tune in to hear Annie Swift, a second-year law student at the University of New Mexico and the student representative for the New Mexico State Bar Wellbeing Committee, interview Dr. Katie Young, PhD, J.D., and professor of sociology at UM Amherst. Dr. Young will discuss the findings in her book "How to be (Sort Of) Happy in Law School" as well as illuminating mental, emotional, and physical stressors that law students face.

Presenters: Annie Swift, second-year law student at the University of New Mexico and the student representative for the New Mexico Well-Being Committee; Dr. Katie Young, PhD, J.D., and professor of sociology at UM Amherst.


1.2 Incivility and Well-Being

For our second episode on Legal Well-Being in Action, we are honored to have Justice Chavez and William Slease speak on incivility and well-being! This episode will explore how acts of incivility can affect us physically, emotionally, and mentally. Our expert speakers will also be sharing tips and tools on how to take action toward self-preservation/care if you encounter an act of incivility in your personal or professional life.Tune in to hear their thoughts on how the cost of incivility disrupts our personal being, takes a toll on the clients we serve and/or our staff, and can negatively affect fellow members of the bench and bar.

Presenters: Justice Edward L. Chavez, former Justice and Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court (ret.), and member of the NM Well-Being Judicial Subcommittee; William Slease, Professional Practice Program Director for the State Bar of New Mexico and member of the NM Well-Being Committee.


1.1 Personal Inventory: Lawyering by Video

For this first personal inventory podcast, two private practice attorneys discuss how COVDI9 has impacted how they practice law in-person and by video. Tune in to hear how these two speakers weigh in on personal safety, mental health, and the pros and cons of continuing to use video settings in the field of law even after the pandemic has passed.

Presented byRichard Cravens, Cravens Law LLC; Sean Fitzpatrick, Fitzpatrick Law LLC and NM Well-Being Committee Co-Chair