A special message from Supreme Court of Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.
Koru for KY Lawyers
Koru Mindfulness is a 4 session course that will teach you the skill of mindfulness. It will also help you build the habit of using it in your life on a regular basis. We’ve found that folks get a lot more out of Koru if they stick with it from beginning to end, therefore attendance at all 4 sessions is required. So double check your calendar and then sign up below!
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Lawyer Well-Being In The Time of Covid-19 Redux On Demand
SPEAKERS: John Walsh, Ph.D., James Shields, Psy.D.
Due to the overwhelming response to “Lawyer Well-Being in the Time of COVID” CLE presented twice in 2020, KYLAP, in conjunction with the Association of Corporate Counsel, is happy to present on demand access to “Lawyer Well-Being In The Time of Covid-19 Redux”
Join our well-known experts, John Walsh, Ph.D., and James Shields, Psy.D., as we delve further into the well-being of lawyers, as we face the re-opening of the courts and schools – all in a very different reality. Our first event focused on some of our initial issues with sheltering in place and the effects of isolation. This event will focus on the profound anxiety and stressors we’re facing as we begin working almost exclusively in a virtual world, and as our kids begin the school year using virtual or distance learning, also. Managing the double-duties of practicing law and educating our children, in addition to our regular stressors in the practice can seem overwhelming. Our experts will offer practical tips and advice on maintaining our mental health so that our practices don’t suffer as we perform the additional responsibilities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
KYLAP Update on COVID-19
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and out of an abundance of
caution, the Kentucky Bar Center will be closed indefinitely. This is an ongoing situation and the KBA leadership will be assessing the situation daily. Information on the status of the Bar Center will be available on the KBA website at www.kybar.org.
KYLAP services are still available to the extent possible. To resolve your issue or to speak with someone, please call the KYLAP office on our
direct line (no operator required) at 502-226-9373. This telephone is
answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year through our
answering service. We will receive messages with only a short delay.
You may also call me directly on my cell phone at 859-221-0806.
If this is a true emergency, please call 911 immediately, or go to
your nearest emergency room. You may also call the Suicide Prevention
Help Line at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). Veterans select Option 1. You can also text the helpline at 741741.
MENTAL HEALTH AND OTHER RESOURCES FOR THE LEGAL PROFESSION DURING COVID-19
GENERAL HEALTH INFORMATION:
Centers for Disease Control: Extensive health and mental health information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Reducing Stigma for Certain Populations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/reducing-stigma.html
Coping during the Coronavirus Pandemic: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
JOHNS HOPKINS: https://hub.jhu.edu/novel-coronavirus-information/
For free confidential, 24/7 support for anxiety, text “HOME” to the Crisis Text Line which is 741741: https://www.crisistextline.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_oirlKyf6AIVjIbACh2H7AzdEAAYASAAEgJhyfD_BwE
Science-based strategies for coping with Covid anxiety: https://theconversation.com/7-science-based-strategies-to-cope-with-coronavirus-anxiety-133207
ABA CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE
Free YouTube video series about working remotely, SBA loans and other topics affecting legal practice during Covid-19. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvtFMPoLYr-L4FcpFql7gpA/videos
FindLaw offers free Covid-19 information and resources for legal professionals. https://practice.findlaw.com/covid-19-resources-for-legal-professionals-.html
Prioritizing in a pandemic for law firms (free videos from the NC Bar Association) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv6V2NxTAow
COVID-19 AND THE COURTS
COVID-19 AND CLE
Supreme Court order gives attorneys more time to
complete continuing legal education for 2019-2020 educational year: https://www.kybar.org/view.aspxmessageId=1ce7c238787b45d88352edc9de0781e3
What Attorneys Should Do to Protect their Career if (1) You Are Worried About a Recession, (2) This is a Recession, or (3) a Major Slowdown in Work at Your Firm (or in Your Practice Area): https://www.bcgsearch.com/article/900050489/What-to-Do-if-there-is-No-Work-in-Your-Practice-Area-or-Work-in-Your-Practice-Area-Slows-Down/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork
Here are tips for working remotely from Fast Company: https://www.fastcompany.com/90475330/8-strategies-to-set-up-remote-work-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak
RESOURCES FOR LAW STUDENTS
American Bar Association’s Before the Bar: Coronavirus information and resources for law students: https://abaforlawstudents.com/2020/03/19/coronavirus-resources-and-information-for-law-students/
Your Law School Went Online. Now What? https://abaforlawstudents.com/2020/03/11/coronavirus-your-law-school-went-online-now-what/
How to Plan for Take Home Exams: https://abaforlawstudents.com/2020/03/30/how-to-plan-for-take-home-exams/
Mental Health Toolkit for Law Students and Those Who Care for Them: https://abaforlawstudents.com/events/initiatives-and-awards/mental-health-resources/
This article shares specifics about mental health and panic associated with COVID-19: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/03/11/coronavirus-and-your-mental-health-two-experts-explain-why-we-panic-and-how-to-cope.html
Coping mentally with social distancing, isolation and quarantine (4 page flyer from SAMHSA: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620.pdf
Tools to Help With Isolation: What better time than to listen to some good AA Speakers, Workshops and other goodies. Don’t let staying at home keep you from improving your tools in recovery. We have to stay vigilant and I know you will enjoy these powerful messages from the speakers and workshops in this link. Click Here
STAYING MENTALLY HEALTHY
Mindfulness in Law Society Mindful Evenings: https://mindfulnessinlawsociety.com/mindful-evenings/
Challenges for mental health and coping mechanisms during COVID-19 outlined by the CDC at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html
Great tips for staying mentally healthy: https://www.changedirection.org/staying-mentally-healthy-during-covid-19/
Find tips for managing our mental health in troubling times: https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/
National Association for the Mentally Ill Online Support Groups: https://namimainlinepa.org/online-and-telephone-support-groups/?fbclid=IwAR0QZnWSDebKDTYZM6I1nhPA0G7xZKrJi3AJ-YK-NiZlGkQhRFksAoo1DiA
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: https://www.dbsalliance.org/…/chapte…/online-support-groups/
This article provides tips on managing stress levels in the office: https://www.abajournal.com/news/article/how-do-you-reduce-stress
Coping with Stress (4 page flyer from SAMHSA): file:///C:/Users/User/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/IBCZPPIH/Coping%20w%20Stress%20During%20Infectious%20Disease%20Outbreaks.pdf
ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG RECOVERY RESOURCES (Including online meetings)
KYLAP IS HOSTING MULTIPLE ONLINE ZOOM RECOVERY MEETINGS EACH WEEK. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE AN INVITATION TO THOSE MEETINGS, PLEASE EMAIL ABEITZ@KYLAP.ORG TO BE PUT ON OUR INFORMATION LIST AND A PERSONAL (NOT GROUP) EMAIL OR TEXT WILL BE SENT TO YOU WITH LOGIN INFORMATION. NEW MEETING LOG-IN CREDENTIALS WILL BE GENERATED EACH WEEK TO ENSURE MEETING CONFIDENTIALITY.
All Lawyer Meeting- Monday, 5:00PM on ZOOM
Lexington Lawyers in Recovery Meeting- Wednesday, 7:30AM on ZOOM
Northern Kentucky Lawyers in Recovery Meeting- Thursday, 5:00PM on ZOOM
International Lawyers in AA
(ILAA) Weekly Zoom Meeting
Mondays at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 873 6573 6538
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ONLINE RECOVERY MEETINGS GENERALLY
In the Rooms: https://www.intherooms.com/home/
ILAA Zoom Meetings: Email for Zoom link and login email@example.com
Lion Rock Recovery: www.lionrockrecovery.com
The Token Shop: https://www.thetokenshop.com/Online_AA_Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings: http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php
AAGrapevine International Journal of AA (Free) https://www.aagrapevine.org/we-are-here-to-help
General Service Announcement-Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/en_updatesoncoronavirus.pdf
Al-Anon Meetings (For Families and Friends of Alcoholics): https://al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings/electronic-meetings/
Al-Anon Phone Meetings: https://al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings/electronic-meetings/#Phone_Meetings
AA Zoom Meetings: https://zoom.us/j/827456874/
Narcotics Anonymous Meetings: https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/text-results.phpcountry=Web&state&city&zip&street&within=5&day=0&lang&orderby=distance
NA Online Meetings: http://12stepforums.net/narcotics_anonymous_online_meeting.html
NA Covid Informational Page: https://www.na.org/admin/include/spaw2/uploads/pdf/Coronavirus_web_message_12Mar.pdf
In the rooms: An Online Addiction Recovery Community AA, NA, Dual Diagnosis, SAA, Chronic Pain:https://www.intherooms.com/home/
Mad Dog Recovery AA Speakers: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEh3ihZ4dnkGkl12t8D-UHw/videos
Emotions Anonymous Meetings: https://emotionsanonymous.org/what-we-offer/find-a-meeting/phone-and-internet-meetings.html
Recovery Dharma Online: https://recoverydharma.online/
Voices of Hope Online: https://linktr.ee/recoveronline
COMPREHENSIVE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI):
IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING GOOD MENTAL HEALTH
Author Brian Cuban’s blog “The Addicted Lawyer” offers guidance and options for recovery meetings. http://briancuban.com/blog/responsible-recovery-in-pandemic-times/
Importance of seeking help for mental health and substance use disorders: Fear Not: Speaking Out to End Stigma (three minute video)
SECULAR RECOVERY RESOURCES
LifeRing Secular Recovery: https://lifering.org/
LifeRing Online Meetings: https://lifering.org/online-meetings/
AA Beyond Belief: https://aabeyondbelief.org/2020/03/22/episode-157-sober-distancing/
Smart Recovery: https://www.smartrecovery.org/community/calendar.php
Free, confidential 24/7 support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for oneself and others Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program
KYLAP is a program of the Kentucky Bar Association that offers help to lawyers, law students, and judges who are struggling with mental health issues, such as depression, alcohol and drug abuse, stress, compulsive gambling or any other condition that may adversely impact the individual’s personal or professional life.
Contact us at (502) 226-9373 to get help for any Kentucky lawyer in need.
Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 3.990, all communication with KYLAP is confidential.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Local Crisis Lines: click here