Presentations, CLEs, Conferences

Lawyer Well Being and Its Effect on Professionalism and Ethics


ENCORE! ENCORE! NJLAP will be re-presenting "Lawyer Well Being and Its Effect on Professionalism and Ethics" through NJICLE on Tuesday March 24,2020.

Since 2016, over 1000 New Jersey attorneys have learned how to manage stress and proactively care for their mental wellness at this helpful seminar from NJLAP. If you did not previously attend, make time for yourself this year. You and your practice will benefit from our distinguished faculty's practical insights on how to better balance your life and lawyering, and you will fully satisfy your New Jersey MCLE ethics requirement as well! Click the title link above to register.

A Lawyer's Guide to Dealing With Difficut Clients

Simple strategies make a big difference.

Conflict is a part of life, and lawyers must learn how to handle people who seemingly thrive on making life difficult for others. Understanding what drives difficult people and how to best react to outbursts, threats, and intimidation is an essential skill for every lawyer. In many cases, it can mean the difference between success and failure - and your satisfaction or disenchantment with the legal profession. NJICLE dates for 2020 to be announced.

These presentations are available for bar associations, law firms and other venues.


1. Learn about recent ABA Reports and recommedations from the ABA for improving Lawyer Well Being, including the role of humor and laughter. (This is an expanded version of the introduction presented as part of Lawyer Well Being and Its Effect on Professionalism and Ethics.


2. Explore selected activities and reccomendations for the the ABA/CoLAP Wellbeing Toolkit.


Call NJLAP at 732-800-246-5527 for more information & scheduling.


Brain waves reaching from one person to another, symbolizing Vicarious Trauma

“Clients experiencing trauma put their lawyers at a higher risk for vicarious trauma.”
Jeff Sherr,Training Director, National Association for Public Defense



Trauma associated with legal work is experienced by many yet discussed by few. As with first responders, counselors, or other helping professionals, attorneys often work with people in crisis. The experience of being indirectly exposed to another’s trauma can create the unintended trauma for the attorney known as “vicarious” or “secondary trauma.”

Lawyers and judges alike are at risk for developing mild to incapacitating symptoms if not diligent about self-care and willing to access help if needed. Some of these symptoms include: persistent negative thoughts, avoidance, withdrawal, hypervigilance and sleep disturbance. Unattended, those symptoms can lead to personal and professional problems.


A panel of women, moderated by retired NJ Supreme Court Justice Helen Hoens, will address this issue from personal and professional experience. Helping resources shared will include two education/support groups that will be held the second Saturday in May and June at the Law Center. This will allow for additional information and further personal exploration and discussion in a confidential setting.

Other programs in NJLAP's Wellness series for Women Attorneys: July 13, October 5

Free of charge, but registration required.