Enhancing Attorney and Law Firm Wellbeing by Mastering Integral Resilience — The Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage

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  1. From Peter Murray, practicing attorney, many years Visiting Professor Harvard Law School:

    In my judgment, lawyer happiness is largely linked with a sense that the lawyer’s work is going for something in which the lawyer believes – from protection of important rights, to helping specific clients, to helping the world go around. Lawyers who work for the fat cats tend to burn out because it is hard for them to see that their work is accomplishing anything of value – often, as you have pointed out, the contrary. And we do not want the lawyers who work for Mammon to be happy. Their unhappiness is linked to the moral emptiness of their lives. Move on! Why help large firms develop resilience in their lawyers so that they can delude themselves that they are happy doing the work of Lucifer?

    *Which brings me to my last observation. He who pursues happiness will never find it. Happiness comes from a kind of harmony in one’s life, the feeling that one is doing the right thing at the right time under the right circumstances. If we get our lives going along a positive and fruitful path, we will be happy. However the effort to generate happiness by showering young lawyers with free time and benefits is bound to fail. We need to give the lawyers satisfying and meaningful work, mentors whom they can admire and learn from, and an environment that respects and holds high positive and moral values., Lawyers who work in such environments tend to be happy, at least with their career lives. But to think that these large law firms can make lawyers really “happy” as they protect big business and enhance its ability to aggregate wealth for the super-rich at the expense of the general well-being is an illusion. Your techniques will not help in such an environment. The only lawyers who will be happy in such roles are the ones who tend to gravitate to characters such as the man on trial in NYC this week.

  2. From Robert Porter Lynch, Founder of the International Collaborative Leadership Institute:

    The 12 Principles of Equity

    In the last fifty years American Jurisprudence has lost much of its “prudence” as it has wandered away from its traditional nature of Balancing Law & Equity. The preponderance of justice is now placed on Law, often neglecting Equity, causing jurisprudence to be more and more adversarial. The Principles of Equity – sometimes referred to as the “law’s conscience” are almost forgotten and seldom employed as a basis of court-room advocacy and judicial decision-making. This is especially important today in long-term contracts, as people and circumstances may have changed dramatically since the inception of the “deal.” The 12 Principles of Equity aims to bring Law and Equity into a better equilibrium. We suggest referencing these (in an contract’s appendix) to enable future adjustment terms and conditions and to reduce the chance of litigation in the future.

    Summary of the 12 Principles of Equity: 1) Equity directs: “Do What Should Have Been Done” 2) Equity Favors the Trustworthy 3) Equity Supports Fiduciary Responsibility 4) Equity Abhors a Forfeiture 5) The Wronged Shall Not Suffer In Equity Without Remedy 6) Equity Delights in Doing Justice, Aiming for Fairness, but Not Just by Halves 7) One Who Seeks Equity Must Do Equity 8) He Who Comes Into Equity Must Come With Clean Hands 9) Equity Aids the Honest & Vigilant, Not the Shrewd & Indolent 10) Equity Does Not Tolerate Frivolity, Malice, Abuse of Law or the Cloak of Fraud 11) Equity Follows the Law 12) Equity Honors Time

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