Mindfulness in Law with Fiona Caulley – Podcast Episode Recap, Happy Lawyer Happy Life

November 29th, 2016 by
Fiona Caulley

Living a happy life doesn’t always seem to be synonymous with being a good lawyer. While in a sense, this is an absurdity – any happy, fulfilled professional might be better placed to manage the crises of others – fitting in mindfulness, meditation, and yoga alongside 24/7 client emails and constant court deadlines could seem impossible. Managing the impossible, and exploring a journey from ‘unhappiness to happiness’ are the themes of Episode 2 of popular podcast, Happy Lawyer Happy Life, sponsored by The College of Law.


5 Ways to Draw the Line Between Work and the Rest of Life

March 1st, 2016 by
shutterstock_2360943_drawing a line in the sand. An old metaphor

Smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, smart watch… this list of ‘things’ that will purportedly make us more connected and more in touch with our world continues to expand. We must not waste a minute of our time, so in a past where we might once have fantasised about a tropical holiday while commuting to work or reading a book for leisure, we are now answering those emails that require only a short response in order to save time later…? Save time for what…dare we ask?


Rewiring the Law: Wellness for Law forum pushes for cultural change

January 21st, 2016 by
Wellness for Law

A landmark study in Australia revealed high levels of psychological distress and risk of depression in the law students and practicing lawyers who participated, when compared with Australian community norms and other tertiary groups. The death, in 2015, of Matthew Stutsel, a Sydney tax lawyer long outspoken on the importance of talking about the specific pressures on lawyers’ mental health, has again brought the issue to the fore.


The Art of Law: The Rise of Mindful Lawyering for Busy Lawyers

November 12th, 2015 by
Resilience

In the U.S. and in Australia, research suggests that members of the legal profession are at an increased risk of suffering a common mental illness when compared with the general population. The most common mental illnesses are; anxiety, depression and substance misuse disorder. As a famous example, Abraham Lincoln is widely reported to have experienced depression first during law school and at some subsequent points during his career. While these risks are neither new nor surprising, they have given rise to a promising mindfulness movement gaining ground among lawyers, particularly in North America.

Insights explores the rise of “mindful lawyering” and what the trend might offer to legal practitioners and also to law academics and students.


Labouring After Labour Day – How to Return to Work After a Long Weekend

October 6th, 2015 by
Back to Work

Returning to work after a long weekend can often feel like a mixed blessing. On one hand, you’ve been given three days to refresh your mind and return to work with a sharper perspective. On the other hand, for many among us, three days can be long enough to set a precedent of leisure. Fortunately, Insights has compiled a list of tips to assist in easing you back into the daily grind.


R u ok? – A conversation we need to have

September 10th, 2015 by
R U OK

Are you ok? It’s a conversation on mental health that we should be having regularly, and not just once a year. I’ve had down times where I felt blue, which could be part of riding the waves of life. For some, a low feeling is passed off as “He or She will be right mate”, and / or a sign of weakness.


Climb Every Mountain – One Barrister’s Mastery of Work/Life Balance

August 26th, 2015 by
Phillip Segal

Work/life balance can be an elusive goal to attain within the legal profession. For years lawyers have cited a lack of work/life balance as one of the profession’s most prevalent issues, with one US law firm going so far as to launch an ill-considered April Fools’ joke that only served to highlight the problem. With long hours, conflicting deadlines, and high expectations from both clients and colleagues, it can be easy for a lawyer to sideline any passions that extend beyond their career. However, for Phillip Segal – the Sydney barrister who climbed Mount Everest – the two are far from being mutually exclusive.


Fending off the Flu this Winter

May 28th, 2015 by
flu season

Office influenza outbreaks can seem like an unavoidable inconvenience during the winter months, and as lawyers, it can be tempting (or sometimes even expected) to simply work through the illness at the expense of your health.