(Live Webcast/In-Person) Managing Attorney Stress with Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee: UZIT Tools and Techniques to Cultivate Equanimity

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

  • Please join the City Bar’s Mindfulness and Well-Being in Law Committee for a special program with world-renowned yoga teachers and authors, Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee.  During these challenging times, many individuals struggle to find accessible resources or prioritize time for self-care. In this program participants will expand their understanding of challenges to attorney well-being and learn established stress management techniques to support rest and renewal. Launched out of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program, UZIT promotes everyday self-care by providing a sense of inner peace and stillness amidst the frenzied energy and pace and unique demands of today’s world, which disproportionately impacts attorneys who constantly face pressure to perform and excel. The integration of body awareness meditations, breathing exercises and essential oils with the appropriate mindful movements or restorative yoga poses can foster optimal relaxation and ease stress. UZIT is for anyone, anywhere and anytime—but especially for stressed-out lawyers—and will meet you where you are. No prior yoga experience is needed.

    Key Topics of Discuss Will Include:

    • The Problem of Stress in the Legal Profession
      • Disproportionately higher instances of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse in attorneys —particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patrick Krill study.
      • Impact of ABA’s The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being
    • Supporting Stress Management in the Legal Profession
      • Consequences of stress on an attorney’s intellectual, occupational, physical, spiritual, social and emotional health (6 Pillars of Law Well-being) and potential consequences on attorney competence
      • Recognizing symptoms that may lead to burnout and lawyer impairment in yourself and others. Benefits of LAP programs
      • How UZIT develops equanimity, self-reflection, compassion, self-care, and wisdom for attorneys to better manage the stress of practicing law
    • Application of UZIT Stress Management Techniques in Practice
      • Mindfulness, Breathing, and UZIT practices to facilitate  attorney stress management
      • Application of practices for litigators to use as tools in client meetings, courtroom proceedings, and in managing conflict with opposing counsel
      • Application of practices for use in balancing demanding workloads and managing relationships with colleagues and clients
      • Creating an attorney wellness plan based on UZIT principles

    Program Fee:
    Free For Members | $50 For Non-Members

  • Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee
    Co-Founders, UZIT, LLC

    Lisa Podemski
    Chair, Mindfulness & Well-Being in Law Committee

    Stacy Lefkowitz Schaffer
    Secretary, Mindfulness &Well-Being in Law Committee

  • 6:00 pm – 6:05 pm
    Introduction of Panelists

    • Overview of Mindfulness and Well-Being in Law Committee
    • Introduction of Moderators and Speakers

     

    6:05 PM – 6:20 PM
    The Problem of Stress in the Legal Profession

    • Disproportionately higher instances of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse in attorneys —particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patrick Krill study
    • Impact of ABA’s The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being
    • What is UZIT?
    • How the UZIT program identified professionals in search of RELIEF and how it applies to legal professionals.

     

    6:20 pm – 6:35 pm
    UZIT Practices Support Stress Management in the Legal Profession

    • Consequences of stress on an attorney’s intellectual, occupational, physical, spiritual, social and emotional health (6 Pillars of Law Well-being) and potential consequences on attorney competence
    • Recognizing symptoms that may lead to burnout and lawyer impairment in yourself and others. Benefits of LAP programs
    • How UZIT develops equanimity, self-reflection, compassion, self-care, and wisdom for attorneys to better manage the stress of practicing law

     

    6:35 pm – 6:50 pm
    Application of UZIT Stress Management Techniques in Practice

    • Mindfulness, Breathing, and UZIT practices to facilitate attorney stress management
    • Application of practices for litigators to use as tools in client meetings, courtroom proceedings, and in managing conflict with opposing counsel
    • Application of practices for use in balancing demanding workloads and managing relationships with colleagues and clients
    • Creating an attorney wellness plan based on UZIT principles

     

    6:50 pm – 7:10 pm
    UZIT Practice for Attorney Stress Management and Self-Care Led by Master Teachers Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee

     

    7:10 pm – 7:30 pm
    Questions and Networking

  • New York: 1.0 Law Practice Management
    New Jersey: 1.0 General
    California: 1.0 General
    Pennsylvania: 1.0 General

  • Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Mindfulness & Well-Being in Law, Lisa Podemski, Chair

    Co-Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Career Advancement & Management, Robye Margolius, Chair
    Immigration & Nationality Law Committee, Danny Alicea, Chair
     Lawyer Assistance Program Committee, Priscilla Lundin, Chair
     Mental Health Law Committee, Karen P. Simmons, Chair

    Co-Sponsoring Organization:
    Lawyer Assistance Program, Eileen Travis, Executive Director

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Yelena Balashchenko, Manager, Business Development & Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | ybalashchenko@nycbar.org