On May 8, 2015, the Central New York Women's Bar Association (CNYWBA) partnered with the New York State Bar Association's Lawyer Assistance Program ( NYSBA LAP) to present a complimentary CLE course for CNYWBA members entitled "Happy Lawyering and Living for Women Attorneys." The event was held at the CNY Philanthropy Center in Syracuse, New York.
Practicing law can be stressful for all attorneys, but the challenges of balancing work/self/family are particularly challenging for women. Patricia Spataro, LMHC, Director of NYSBA LAP reviewed the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and addiction that can jeopardize health, happiness and one’s ability to competently practice law. Ms. Spataro also presented research, based on a survey of New York lawyers and lawyers from several other states, which identified several key components of happiness and discussed how those components are relevant to women in cultivating a satisfying legal career while balancing a fulfilling personal life. Elizabeth Coreno, Esq., of Serenity Solutions, Inc., also discussed empowerment strategies for women.
The event was very well-attended. Attendees received 2 MCLE credits (1 ethics credit and 1 LPM credit).
The NYSBA LAP provides education and confidential assistance to lawyers, judges, law school students, and immediate family members who are affected by the problem of substance abuse, stress, depression or other mental health issues. Its goal is to assist in the prevention, early identification and intervention of problems that can affect professional conduct and quality of life. Attorneys, judges, and law school students in need of confidential help can contact LAP's helpline 1-800-255-0569.