Resources

Tennesee Bar Association Solo Practice Toolkit: A User-friendly Guide to Starting Your Own Law Practice

With each passing year, more and more Tennessee attorneys decide to “hang their own shingle” and begin a solo or small firm practice.  We live in age where nearly infinite amounts of information are available – if you can find it. Too often, the most necessary piece of information is the proverbial needle amongst a trillion bytes of digital haystack.

2013-14 Tennessee Bar Association President Cindy Wyrick recognized the need to develop a single, user-friendly guide in which new solo and small firm attorneys could access useful information in one place. Her vision has resulted in this TBA Solo in a Box Toolkit. The information contained in the Toolkit was gathered from numerous existing TBA resources, as well as from successful solo/small firm attorneys across the state.

If you would like to learn more, please click here.

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Tennesee Bar Association Mentoring Program

The TBA Mentoring Program is designed to foster mutually beneficial relationships between the participating attorneys, reduce the isolation experienced by some beginning attorneys, improve the quality of legal services received by clients, place renewed emphasis on the importance of professionalism, and generally benefit the legal profession as a whole.  

If you would like to take part as a mentor or mentee, you can learn more or apply by clicking here.

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General Solo Practice Resources

The Tennessee Bar Assocation understands starting your own practice can be challenging.  The following programs and resources are supplied as a way of assisting lawyers in this endeavor. 

 

TBA Mentoring Program

The TBA Mentoring Program is designed to foster mutually beneficial relationships between the participating attorneys, reduce the isolation experienced by some beginning attorneys, improve the quality of legal services received by clients, place renewed emphasis on the importance of professionalism, and generally benefit the legal profession as a whole.  

If you would like to take part as a mentor or mentee, you can learn more or apply by clicking here.

 

TBA Solo Practice Toolkit

With each passing year, more and more Tennessee attorneys decide to “hang their own shingle” and begin a solo or small firm practice.  We live in age where nearly infinite amounts of information are available – if you can find it. Too often, the most necessary piece of information is the proverbial needle amongst a trillion bytes of digital haystack.  The information contained in the Toolkit was gathered from numerous existing TBA resources, as well as from successful solo/small firm attorneys across the state.  For more information, please click here

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Mindfulness Articles

In an effort to continue educating the legal community on well-being, the TBA Attorney Well Being Committee have posted the following articles on mindfulness:

 

Articles:

Washington State Bar Association NWLawyer:  Mindfulness and the Law

Focusing on the Present by Patrick A. Palace, WSBA President

 

Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Vol. 21, No. 6, 1998

Effects of Miindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Medical and Premedical Students by Shauna L. Shapiro, Gary E. Schwartz, and Ginny Bonner 

 

Time, February 3, 2014

The Mindful Revolution:  The science of finding focus in a stressed-out, multitasking culture by Kate Pickert

 

Greater Good:  The Science of a Meaningful Life

Mindful Lawyering by Sara Tollefson

 

ABA Journal

Killing Them Softly:  Neuroscience Reveals How Brain Cells Die from Law School Stress and How Neural Self-Hacking Can Optimize Cognitive Performance by Professor Debra Cassens Weiss

 

Websites:

The Anxious Lawyer

 

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

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Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Check out this article by Cheryl Conner on Forbes.com and find out if you are mentally strong. 

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Ideas for a Happier Holiday

So in case you need some ideas for a happier holiday check out these articles by Kimberly Medlock

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9 Simplest Ways to Be Happier at Work

Check out Jeff Haden's article from Inc. where he discusses the 9 Simplest Ways to Be Happier at Work.  What are your tricks to being happier at work?    

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21 Awesome Things to Say to Yourself

Check out this article where Jeff Haden, Ghostwriter, Speaker, Inc. Magazine Columnist, discusses 21 Awesome Things to Say to Yourself and let us know what you do to motivate yourself. 

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Random Acts of Kindness

Read and comment about TBA Attorney Well Being Committee Member Mary Griffin's fight against cancer in her article Random Acts of Kindness, which first appeared in the May 2013 Tennessee Bar Journal.  

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10 ways to Stay Happy While in Law School

In the September 2013 issue of the National Jurist they discuss the 10 ways to Stay Happy While in Law School.  Check out the article and comment if you have other ways to stay happy while in law school!

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Signs of Alcohol Dependency

The C.A.G.E Questionnaire
The CAGE Questionnaire was developed in 1970 by Dr. John A. Ewing, and used for screening of patients for alcoholism. Two or more “yes” indicates a positive history of alcoholism.

Cut Back?
Have you ever felt the need to reduce the level of your consumption?

Annoyed?
Have people ever annoyed you with their criticisns of your drinking or using habits?

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Signs of depression

How can you distinguish depression from ordinary sadness? Here are the classic symptoms:

* Diminished interest or pleasure in most activities.

* Significant weight loss or weight gain without effort, or loss of appetite.

* Difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much.

* Psychomotor agitation or retardation.

* Fatigue.

* Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt.

* Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness.

* Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or a suicide plan or attempt.

Web and telephone resources

National Suicide Help

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-TALK

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