February 14, 2009

Equipping Law Students for Balanced Lives

The legal profession has a well deserved reputation for consuming (and sometimes destroying) the lives of its practitioners. So for Christian lawyers, especially, the ability to maintain a healthy balance between law practice and life's other worthy endeavors is an essential survival skill.  In the coming weeks I'll be sharing some of my own hard-won insight on successful life and career balance with future lawyers at University of Maryland School of Law and Widener Law

My planned presentation for the law students, entitled "Making Friends with the Jealous Mistress: Successfully Balancing Law Practice and Life," is based partially on a similarly titled essay I wrote for The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine's July/August 2008 issue.  Anyone interested in receiving a copy of that essay may leave a comment requesting same, along with appropriate contact info, and I'll be happy to email the pdf file to you.

My talk at Maryland is set for February 26, at 12:00 p.m., and my talk at Widener is tentatively set for March 19, at 5:00 p.m. The talks are being sponsored by the respective Christian Legal Society Student Chapters at each law school.

20 comments:

  1. Hi there, I would like to receive a copy of your essay. Please email me at yrenner@gmail.com

    I am registered to take my LSAT in September, but my girlfriend, while once in favor of my going to Law school, is terrified that it will ruin our relationship. Any help is appreciated.

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  2. Hi Stephen,

    What a great blog, thank you. I would like to receive a copy of your 'Making Friends' presentation as I am finding the balance difficult returning to study law at Birmingham University, UK, alongside my Christian development. It's a crash course!

    Peace be with you, Amy
    AXW641@hotmail.com

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  3. Amy, I just emailed the pdf. Thanks for your kind words about the blog. Hope it's a blessing.

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  4. Hi, my name is Jason and I am a prospective law student who is rather worried about the reputed lack of work-life balance in the profession. As a Christian, family life is especially important for me. I would like to receive a copy of your presentation. My email is ypark24@jhu.edu

    God bless and I greatly appreciate your efforts!!

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  5. Hi Stephen,

    I would also like a copy of the pdf please! I really look forward to reading it!

    chelseabody@gmail.com

    Blessings!

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  6. Hi Stephen,
    I would like to share with my law students. Please send to rjr@reichradcliffe.com

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

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  7. I also would like a copy. Thanks so much.

    My e-mail is fredcham09@yahoo.com

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  8. My good friend just got into Law School @ Ave Maria. I would like to give this to her. Please send to amgrl2002@aol.com. Thank you!!

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  9. I was sworn into the bar last month and would love to read essay as I begin my career! Thanks so much. joni.autrey@gmail.com

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  10. Would love to read a copy.

    michaeljgaeta@gmail.com

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  18. A good family lawyer is to make sure that you get your fair share of the assets. When the marriage ends it will be necessary to divide the assets, this inevitably results in disagreements. In addition most cases will also require the payment of alimony to one of the parties. This makes coming up with a settlement even more problematic. The only way that you are going to make sure that you get your fair share is if you have a lawyer who is able to protect your rights and ensure that you get a reasonable judgment.

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