Balance


Nothing But the Ruth!

Is Paternity Leave for Lawyers an Oxymoron?

By | Mar.09.15 | No Comments

Recently I attended the Dad 2.0 Summit, a conference for men who blog about fatherhood. I didn’t realize there was such a strong community among dad bloggers. They are active parents and exceptionally genuine about …Continue reading »


Companionate Love, Part Two

10 Strategies for Bringing More Love into the Law

By | Feb.24.15 | No Comments

Last week, Christy Cassisa introduced us to the concept of “companionate love” in the workplace. It’s a type of emotional culture in which relationships are based on warmth, caring and connection — and, as Christy …Continue reading »


Mental Health

Do Yourself a Favor

By | Jan.29.15 | 1 Comment

Do you ever feel like everything you do is for someone else — be it clients, colleagues, staff, family members, the kid at the door selling candy bars to fund his class trip — when, truth …Continue reading »


Managing

Phoning It In: Why I Won’t Have a Smartphone

By | Oct.27.14 | 10 Comments

Since I require a public confessional, I’ll just have out with it: I have developed a slight obsession with “Mad Men,” which is right in the medias res of its final season on AMC. I …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

Five Things to Add to Your To-Do List

By | Oct.03.14 | No Comments

As if you need any help adding things to your to-do list, right? You are justifiably more interested in removing things — or at least checking them off. But hang on, and I hope you’ll see the …Continue reading »


Nothing But the Ruth!

Lawyers, Depression and Substance Abuse: A Candid Q&A

By | Sep.18.14 | No Comments

The suicide of actor Robin Williams made many, including me, reflect on how problems related to depression and substance abuse can lead to desperate, irrational actions. Lawyers in general tend to be more susceptible to problems …Continue reading »


Five Ways Mindfulness Can Benefit Lawyers

By | Aug.20.14 | 8 Comments

Mindfulness means to be in the present and to accept each moment without preference or judgment. It’s an ancient practice that comes from Buddhism. It’s not a religious practice. Rather, it’s a way to engage …Continue reading »


New Balance: Finding the Dividing Line Between Life and Work

By | Jul.24.14 | 7 Comments

Sometime before the Great Recession (Depression?), there existed a quaint notion that people could stop working — at least some of the time. Over the course of recent years, however, the line of argumentation has …Continue reading »


CAREER BALANCE

Is Your Professional Life Personally Fulfilling?

By | Sep.23.13 | 1 Comment

The degree to which individual lawyers fail to find professional life personally fulfilling can be a clear indicator of their level of risk of a malpractice claim or disciplinary complaint. So let’s go with that. Ask …Continue reading »


Nothing But the Ruth!

Why Do Lawyers Do It? The Benefits of Running

By | Jun.10.13 | 1 Comment

I’ve always been athletic, but I didn’t become a runner until law school. Since then, I’ve participated in a handful of races, including four half marathons. Beyond helping me maintain my physique, there is something …Continue reading »