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Top 10 Rules to be a Successful Lawyer

My latest article published in the ABA Journal: http://www.abajournal.com/voice/article/10-rules-for-being-a-successful-lawyer A third-generation trial attorney, I have spent a majority of my life either working as a lawyer or hearing about it at the dinner table growing up. I was a trial attorney in North Carolina for nearly 27 years and retired in 2004 to go into […]

Stress Free Practice: 12 Steps to Help You Get There

Stress Free Practice: 12 Tips to Help You Get There https://abovethelaw.com/career-files/stress-free-practice-12-tips-to-help-you-get-there/ Some tips and tricks to help lawyers relax. By JAMES GRAY ROBINSON, ESQ.Mar 22, 2019 at 9:45 AM The practice (and business) of law is generally stressful. We have to find paying clients, impress them, and then charge a reasonable fee. We have to deal […]

Lawyers and Depression

Lawyers and Depressionhttps://jamesgrayrobinson.com/lawyers-and-depression/http://www.rocketmatter.com/attorney-wellness/formerly-depressed-lawyer-shares-critical-lessons by Gray Robinson, Esq.             Out of over 100 professions studied at John Hopkins University in 1990, lawyers were found to be the most likely professionalsto be depressed and in 1996 became the profession with the highest suicide rate. Approximately one in four lawyers have a substance abuse problem.  Personally, I became dysfunctionally depressed […]

7 Meditation Techniques to Increase Productivity and Reduce Stress

These techniques will reduce stress, anxiety, and insomnia while increasing serenity, focus, and relaxation – in as little as 10 minutes a day. Using any of these 7 techniques will produce life (and career!) enhancing results. https://familylawyermagazine.com/articles/meditation-techniques-for-lawyers-increase-productivity-reduce-stress/ By James Gray Robinson,Family Lawyer and Consultant The benefits of meditation have become commonly accepted by all segments […]

The Illusion of Perception

            One of the most meaningful mantras of modern spiritualism is “all perception is projection”. Another way of saying that is “we see what we expect to see”. Psychologists call this “cognitive bias”, or mental distortion of what we observe because of the bias of our subconscious mind. Our mind does not accept gaps or instants […]

Your Health and The Law

https://abovethelaw.com/career-files/your-health-and-the-law/?fbclid=IwAR1dOMFW6C6DbxVESpAyl-CNVEYBwUt5k1Yo5Qo3vsXhGg7iJRvEoVeM9E0 No, not health law. I am talking here about healthy lawyers. Oftentimes lawyers don’t make their wellness and health a priority because they are focused on other things that demand their attention.  I remember my father, a high profile trial attorney, was morbidly obese – as was his father, a trial lawyer turned County […]

6 Suggestions for Becoming A Happy, Healthy Lawyer

https://familylawyermagazine.com/articles/6-suggestions-for-becoming-a-happy-healthy-lawyer/ The practice of law is inherently stressful. We have to find healthy ways to deal with that stress and maintain a high level of satisfaction and happiness. Here are six suggestions to help you become a happy, healthy lawyer. By James Gray Robinson, Family Lawyer and Consultant Many lawyers don’t make their health and wellness a […]

Emotional Security for Family Lawyers

A look at the importance of emotional security for family lawyers – and the role of emotional security in creating good lawyer-client relationships. Testing support By James Gray Robinson, Lawyer and Business Consultant Many lawyers are beginning to understand the importance of emotion in the practice of law – especially family law – including the concepts of […]

Commandments for Lawyers

https://www.rocketmatter.com/attorney-wellness/commandments-for-lawyers-how-to-make-2019-your-happiest-year-yet/ You might have a whole host of resolutions for 2019: Lose weight, stop smoking, or pick up a new hobby, for instance. However, the most important resolution of all might just be the most simple: Find happiness. Many people have found life-changing results when incorporating the following suggestions into their lifestyles. Not only will […]

Dumbing Down of Lawyers

Apparently, the pass rate of lawyers who sat for the July 2018 bar exam across the country has plummeted, especially in California. It is interesting to see what the “experts” are recommending as a solution. They are saying that it is unfair to make students memorize certain information when the purpose of the test is […]

How Lawyers Can Turn Losing Into Winning

https://www.rocketmatter.com/general/how-lawyers-can-turn-losing-into-winning/   When I was a first-year law student, my Constitutional Law professor announced that he originally wanted to be a trial lawyer, but after losing his first ten trials, he decided he better teach law than practice it. My initial reaction was that maybe he shouldn’t have shared that but now I understand that […]

How to be a better lawyer

https://abovethelaw.com/career-files/how-to-be-a-better-lawyer/   I am a former family lawyer with 27 years of trial experience. I also spent a great deal of time volunteering with lawyers with addiction and substance abuse problems, as well as representing several lawyers in disbarment proceedings. Lawyers are often surprised when they read their local bar journals and find that their […]