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Work-Life Balance - Practice Resource Center

A career is important, but it shouldn't be everything. Here are some articles to help in your quest for the perfect harmony.

"All" is in the eye of the beholder
By Valerie Lipic, The Catalyst, December 2012
Author Valerie Lipic discusses her struggles to find the perfect work-life balance.

Just be normal
By Maxine Weiss Kunz, YLDNews, June 2012
Lawyers have a certain language which benefits our trade and can alienate others. But once outside of your professional life, the author advises you should make an effort to to step out of your lawyer shoes and converse like a "normal person" in your day-to-day interactions.

Productivity isn't everything: Letter to the Editor
By Jewel N. Klein, General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, July 2011
In the December issue of this newsletter, Editor John T. Phipps explained how technological advances can make lawyers more productive. Author Jewel Klein doesn't disagree, but does have some second thoughts.

Searching for the Holy Grail (a.k.a., the Work-Life Balance)
By Douglas F. McMeyer, YLDNews, April 2011
The successful balance between career and personal life is something every attorney strives to find. This article provides tips and suggestions to help lawyers in their search.

Mother, wife, lawyer: A balancing act
By Ashley Kwasneski, YLDNews, December 2010
Juggling the demands of parenthood with a successful career.

Attorneys: Get on your hobby horse!
By Valerie Sherman, The Catalyst, October 2010
The benefits of having at least one hobby are huge, especially to attorneys, whose stress levels, happiness, and health are often cited as some of the worst of any profession.

Getting off the teeter-totter—Work/life balance, another perspective
By Sandra Crawford, The Catalyst, September 2009
In June the author attended the 17th Annual Conference of the International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers, held in Chicago.

Spring 2009: Launch of The Legal Balance
By Erica Zalokar, The Catalyst, May 2009
Get involved with a new resource for women attorneys to be launched this spring!  

Lawyers' lives in balance: Developing your plan and tips for staying energized & productive
By John W. Olmstead, Family Law, December 2007
It is much easier to begin your life and career with balance that it is to try to bring your life back into balance later in life.

Finding a life in the law
By Patrick E. Ward, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm, February 2006
You can revitalize your profession and yourself by starting back at the basics.

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These resources are presented as educational resources for for ISBA members. They should not be relied upon as a substitute for individual legal research, and the ISBA does not warrant the accuracy of the information that appears in them.