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The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work,
Second Edition

The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work,<br>Second Edition
Product Code: 5110566
Author: George W. Kaufman
Publication Date: June 2006
ISBN: 978-1-59031-674-0
Page Count: 280
Trim Size: 7 x 10 w/ CD-ROM
Sponsoring Entities: Law Practice Division
Topics: General Practice, Law Practice Management, Lawyer Assistance Programs
Format: Book - 5110566
Pricing: $39.95 (Regular)
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About the Book

If you are dominated by work from the moment you arise until the moment you turn off the lights at night, you are not alone. Years of narrow focus, hard work, pressure, and endless striving for material reward are the hallmark of many lawyers' lives. This newly updated and revised Second Edition is written specifically to help lawyers achieve professional and personal satisfaction in their career.

Writing with warmth and seasoned wisdom, George Kaufman examines how the profession has changed over the last five years, then offers philosophical approaches, practical examples, and valuable exercises to help lawyers reconcile their goals and expectations with the realities and demands of the legal profession. You'll find information on empowering yourself to take charge of your environment and how to achieve your plan for personal growth.

The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work, Second Edition is about how the law fits inside you, not how you fit inside the law. Making space for creativity and passion within your current workplace and at home can yield enormous emotional rewards. But, you must first make a conscious decision to shift your perceptions. To accept that, while you can't have it all, you can create a life that reflects your creativity and values.

Inside this essential guide, you'll find dozens of exercises and tools designed to bring the balance---and passion---back into your life, including how to:

  • Craft a life-affirming vision statement and incorporate it into your daily activities

  • Develop an action plan for making effective change

  • Define the values in your life

Interactive exercises are provided throughout the text and on the accompanying CD-ROM, to help you discover how to reclaim your life. New lawyers, seasoned veterans, and those who have personal relationships to lawyers will all benefit from this insightful book.

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Praise for the First Edition...
"As a former managing partner of a large law firm, I am well familiar with the pressures and anxieties-both professional and personal-felt by most lawyers in an era of rapid change within the legal profession. The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work offers a helpful roadmap to sorting through the difficult challenges of achieving a satisfying and rewarding career while maintaining a meaningful quality of personal life. It is important reading for anyone who cares about the future of the legal profession."
-Jim Jones, Former managing partner, Arnold & Porter

"Written with warmth, wisdom, and consummate practicality, The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work could be a lifesaver. Packed with fascinating information, engaging anecdotes, and simple how-to exercises, this book synthesizes the essential elements of joy, creativity, meaning, health, and relationship that every person--regardless of profession--needs to focus on in our pressured society."
-Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., Author, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind (Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1993)

"Most law firms have seen it once too often: an associate, sometimes still on the young side, who is showing signs of burnout. He or she feels growing doubts about having chosen a law career in the first place. George Kaufman's book is an effective therapeutic vehicle for the lawyer experiencing a crisis of this kind. The exercises he has designed for his readers are counterbalancing tools that lead to `personal growth and self-empowerment.' We cannot suppress important parts of ourselves forever, he warns, offering a practical program for the decompression of the legal personality."
-Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President and Professor of Public Administration, The George Washington University

"The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work not only informs us how to recognize burnout, but more importantly, instructs us how to prevent it, cure it, or cope with it. It is a must for any trial lawyer trying to balance a stressful practice with a peaceful, productive personal life."
-Robert C. Josefsberg
President, International Academy of Trial Lawyers

"Kaufman's refreshingly candid book is required reading for anyone seriously interested in balancing their personal and professional lives. It offers tools for shifting priorities to anyone who takes work home at night and uses the weekend to catch up. If you travel home with a briefcase, put this book inside."
- Eamon M. Kelly, President Emeritus, Tulane University