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Foundations for Flourishing (PDW)

Foundations for Flourishing: 
Leveraging the Science of Positive Psychology to Find Greater Success and Satisfaction in Your Law Practice
2023 Professional Development Workshop Series
Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
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In recent years, the legal community has placed a heightened focus on attorney mental health and well-being – and for good reason.  Recent research shows that lawyers experience disproportionately high rates of mental health issues and substance use disorders and suggests that those challenges – when left unaddressed – hinder not only lawyers’ health and happiness, but also their professional longevity, performance, and ability to deliver the highest quality legal services to their clients.  An emerging body of research in the field of positive psychology sheds light on this connection, and why the legal community’s efforts to address to address this issue have heretofore largely fallen short.  In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn where and how they can obtain free and confidential treatment and support for mental health challenges and substance use disorders
  • Learn how to apply evidence-backed insights from positive psychology (the science of human flourishing) and techniques from professional coaching to effectively manage stress and enhance their effectiveness and satisfaction as attorneys
  • Explore the five elements of the PERMA model of well-being (Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Achievement) and learn strategies for increasing their experience of each of them
  • Walk away with a toolkit of exercises and an action plan for managing their legal work in a way that supports their own authentic vision of success
Jordana A. Confino is an attorney, educator, professional coach, and champion of lawyer and law student well-being. She serves as the Assistant Dean of Professionalism and an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where she leads initiatives designed to promote student wellness and professional identity formation and teaches courses onPositive Lawyering and Peer Mentoring & Leadership. Observing the transformational impact Positive Lawyering has had on her students inspired Jordana to found JC Coaching & Consulting to deliver this material to lawyers on a broader scale and help organizations build positive cultures in which all attorneys and law students feel valued, stimulated, and supported. Jordana holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University, and a Certification in Applied Positive Psychology from the New York Open Center.

Program Fee:
Free for New York City Bar Members & Attorneys from Sponsoring Law Firms | $75 for Nonmembers

CLE Credit:
New York: 1.5 Law Practice Management | 0.5 Ethics 
New Jersey: 2.0 General
California: 1.5 General | 0.5 Professional Responsibility  
Pennsylvania: 1.5 General

This program provides transitional/non-transitional credit to all attorneys
Jordana A. Confino,
Assistant Dean of Professionalism & Adjunct Professor, Fordham Law School; Founder, JC Coaching & Consulting

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