CBA Record July-August 2019


ignore this issue because it is uncomfort- able to discuss, but rather, we want to help improve the mental health of young lawyers who experience tremendous stress in their work and personal lives. Physical health can be a significant concern as well: statistics for physical health among attorneys are frightening. Our work hours prevent many of us from exercising and/or maintaining a healthy diet. Moreover, our profession has been at the top of the list of professions that struggle most with substance abuse. We will be bringing back the “Most Fit Lawyer” competition and will have fitness challenges for our members to help correct some of our bad habits. We will also have panelists speak on preventing and address- ing substance abuse. To achieve these goals, we will be asking much of the leadership of our Young Law- yers Section. These tasks will not just be completed by our executive board, but will also stream through to our Special Project Coordinators and our Committee Chairs. We are restructuring our director roles, so

that we can focus on our many goals and agendas for the year. We will be asking our Committee Chairs not just to host CLE meetings and seminars, but also to host cross-committee networking events and launch their own projects to help advance our overall theme of mental and physical health. This is going to be a busy and produc- tive year, but it is also going to be a very fun year. The Young Lawyers Section will learn plenty in 2019-2020 and will hopefully utilize this knowledge to further advance their own careers and enrich their lives. NEED MEETING SPACE? The CBA has a variety of meeting rooms and can provide catering and audio/ visual services for client conferences, firmmeetings, social gatherings etc. Call Michele Spodarek, CBA Conference Center Manager at 312/554-2124 for details.

technology, and learning how to better utilize social media to bring in business. Each month of the upcoming bar year will have a sub-theme or focus dedicated to a specific category or need for our mem- bers. For September, we will focus on the importance of networking, and how to do it effectively. We will host workshops and panels to teach law school students and young attorneys how to use their con- nections to get business referrals, how to obtain mentors to help them become better lawyers, and how to obtain jobs. We will also re-shape the role of some of our direc- tors to focus more on helping law school students, providing them with mentorship as they transition into the practice of law. We will also focus on our members’ mental and physical health. Mental health can be a taboo issue in our profession, but that doesn’t mean that attorneys are immune to the need for mental health aid. May is mental health awareness month, and so we will launch multiple workshops in May to address mental health concerns among our members. We don’t want to

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