Pandemic Life: Weekly Chats for Lawyers and the Legal Profession

A Way to Connect, Share, Learn and Grow in Law During the Pandemic
The Mindfulness in Law Society
The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being

Pandemic Life:  Weekly Chats for Lawyers and the Legal Profession

The Coronavirus is challenging for all of us.  But as lawyers especially, we need to be at our best for our clients, families, and others who need us now.

This series helps us achieve this important goal by giving lawyers, judges, law students and other legal professionals an opportunity to share experiences, ideas, concerns, and stories about life and law during COVID-19.

Scroll down for this week’s chat topics!

Each half hour session will focus on a pressing topic. They are live at 7:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in our private Linked-In group, Mindfulness in Law Society Pandemic Life Weekly Lawyer Chats. Register for Mindful Chats below to get in the private group and participate the chats in real time or at your convenience.

We look forward to your experiences, concerns, ideas, humor, music/video posts, and other ways of staying connected, healthy, and positive during these challenging times.

MILS members and chat registrants will receive an email with the Zoom link for the live chats. Click here to join MILS or register below to participate in the chats live or at your convenience in the Pandemic Life private Linked-In group.
The live Zoom chats will be recorded and uploaded into the MILS Pandemic Life Lawyer Chats private Linked-In group.


Mindful Lawyering

May 19

Corona and Compassion

The coronavirus has been difficult on so many levels. Yet rather than be defeated by these challenges, mindfulness can help us lean into these challenges and embrace them with compassion — even, and especially, in our work as lawyers.

Richard Reuben, a University of Missouri law professor who also maintains a small practice in St. Louis, will facilitate the chat.


Mindful Well-Being

May 20

Exercise During the Pandemic

Many have found themselves far more sedentary during the pandemic shut down, especially with the closing of gyms, yoga studios and other places where many people get their exercise.

Yet even if we are not exercising or doing our other routines, exercise is still important to all of us for many reasons, both physical and mental.

William Slease, chief disciplinary counsel for the New Mexico Supreme Court Disciplinary Board, will facilitate the chat.


Mindful Survival for Law Students

May 21 

Letting Go, Letting Be

The coronavirus has upset at least some plans for most people — and in some respects, law students have had it worse because of all of the uncertainties they now face.

This can be very frustrating and evoke strong emotions. But the mindfulness can be very helpful in deal with these issues by giving us practice letting them go, and leaning in to the reality o f things as they are simply by letting it be.

Professor Clifford Rosky of the University of Utah School of Law will facilitate the chat. Professor Rosky teaches course on constitutional law, sexuality and the law, and mindfulness and the law. He studied at UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center and  is certified as a professional mindfulness teacher by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.

Other Coronavirus Supports

ABA COVID Resources

The American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, Center for Professional Responsibility, and Law Practice Sections, and the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, offer a variety of resources to support lawyers during the pandemic.

MILS Chapters

Several of the MILS Chapters are offering local supports during the pandemic.

National Event: Mindfulness and Well-Being During Covid-19 (March 26, 2020), with Bree Buchanan (chair, National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being) and Richard Reuben (president, Mindfulness in Law Society).


MILS is proud to join our partners in offering COVID support to lawyers, judges, and others in the legal profession:

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