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Shackled to Our Screens: How Technology Has Imprisoned the Legal Profession

Presented by Laurie Besden

(4,127 Ratings)

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Course Description

Length: 1h 10min    Published: 4/25/2022    
Join Laurie Besden, Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, for a discussion focused on how our dependence of screens is negatively impacting our mental health. The prevalence rates of substance use and mental health challenges in the legal profession were already astounding yet our inability to "de-screen" is only magnifying feelings of isolation and loneliness. Navigating the pandemic, we became even more dependent on screens and devices to function and stay connected. As we transition to the next "new normal," it is more important than ever that we are mindful of our screen time and intentional about how we spend out time, including prioritizing self-care and wellness. We will discuss wellness tips and strategies that can be implemented into our daily lives, with ease. We also will discuss how our dependence on anything from screens to substances can impact our ability to uphold the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. At the end of the day, we all function better after a "hard reset," not just our devices.
Learning Objectives
* Understand how a dependance on screens is negatively impacting the mental health of legal professionals
* Learn self-care and wellness techniques that can help improve mental health and lawyer professionalism
* Understand how dependance issues can impact lawyers' ability to uphold the Model Rules of Professional Conduct
Read the course transcript.

Speaker Q&A

Any ideas for me, a law school professor, teaching Gen Z students who cannot separate from their screens.
- MelissaE
Thank you for the great question. The happiness level was much greater in the 1970's than it is now as we are constantly connected, need to respond/post ASAP, and have an insatiable desire to be available. I would challenge the students to start being mindful of their screen time by committing to meals without devices (devices in other rooms), then an outdoor adventure in nature without devices and ask them to report back. Even having your phone with you, without checking it, reduces your ability to be present as we have a constant need to know what information is waiting for us on our devices. Progress not perfection is the name of the game. Take it from someone that knows : )
- Laurie Besden

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Laurie Besden

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"The course started out slow but then picked up appropriate 'steam' in demonstrating through amazing statistics how dependent lawyers have become on technology."

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