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  • December 20
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Imposter Syndrome in the Legal Profession

December 20

Learn ways to manage anxiety and keep imposter syndrome at bay in your practice and within your firm.

Many, if not most, attorneys suffer at one time or another from a form of anxiety known as imposter syndrome. This crippling self-doubt can cause young attorneys to self-sabotage their careers and put unnecessary limits on their potential. While some anxiety and self-doubt can drive us to be better lawyers, if unmanaged, it can also lead to more severe issues ranging from sleep disorders to eating disorders to substance use disorders. Attorneys suffering from imposter syndrome are also at greater risk of engaging in risky behavior and misconduct resulting from their insecurities. This presentation will discuss how the concept of imposter syndrome has evolved over the years and why attorneys seem so prone to suffering from it. This material will also outline the potential professional harm that can occur when attorneys are suffering from anxiety disorders. Finally, this presentation will suggest several ways to manage anxiety and keep imposter syndrome at bay in your practice and within your firm.

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Agenda

Definition of Imposter Syndrome
  • History of the Term
  • How Has the Definition Evolved? To Whom Is It Commonly Applied? How Does It Differ From Other Manifestations of Anxiety?
  • Why Lawyers? Perfectionism, Type A Personalities, Serious Nature of Work, Performance Elements of Practice (Before Clients, Courts, and Juries)
Potential Positives
  • Anxiety Spurs Us to Be Better Lawyers
  • Encourages Us to Remain Humble and Appreciate the Immense Responsibility That Comes With a Law License
  • Encourages Us to Continue Learning in Our Profession
Potential Negatives
  • Can Lead to Serious Anxiety Disorders, Sleep Disorders, and Eating Disorders
  • Can Lead to Drinking and Substance Use to Manage the Fear and Anxiety
  • Can Lead to Incivility and Overaggressiveness as a Way of Compensating for Feelings of Insecurity
Potential Ethical Issues/Misconduct
  • Neglect of Client Matters
  • Criminal Consequences of Drinking/Substance Use
  • Incivility to Clients, Opponents, and Courts
Ways to Manage Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome
  • Maintaining Perspective – You Are More Than Just a Lawyer
  • Making Sure That You Have a Community of Fellow Lawyers That You Feel Comfortable Sharing Fears With (at Least One Other Attorney)
  • Making Sure That You Have a Life Outside the Office
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  • AK CLE 1.0
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.0 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.1
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.1 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.0
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.0 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.0
     
  • The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0 including Competence Issues 1
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.0 CLE hours of participatory credit, of which includes Competence Issues for 1.00 hour.
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.0 CLE credit(s).
     
  • FL CLE 1.5 (Pending)
     
  • This course has been submitted to The Florida Bar for 1.5 hours of CLE credit. Application pending.
     
  • GA CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency for 1.0 CLE hours.
     
  • HI CLE 1.0
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IA CLE 1.25 (Pending)
     
  • Application is pending with the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education
     
  • IL CLE 1.0 (Pending)
     
  • IN CLE 1.1 (Pending)
     
  • This program has been submitted to the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education for Distance Education for participating attorneys. Application Pending.
     
  • MN CLE 1.0 (Pending)
     
  • This program has been submitted to the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education. Approval pending.
     
  • MO CLE 1.3
     
  • This program has been approved by the Missouri Bar for 1.3 hours of CLE.
     
  • MS CLE 1.1 (Pending)
     
  • This program has been submitted to the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Approval pending.
     
  • NC CLE 1.0 (Pending)
     
  • ND CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been reviewed by the North Dakota Commission for Continuing Legal Education and approved for 1.0 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.0
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 60 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.3
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.3 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NM CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours of credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE hours.
     
  • NY CLE 1.0 including Areas of Professional Practice 1
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.0 credit hours in the area(s) of Areas of Professional Practice for 1.00 hour. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for both established and newly admitted attorneys. Lorman Business Center, LLC. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • OH CLE 1.25 (Pending)
     
  • This course has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 1.25 CLE hours. Approval pending.
     
  • OR CLE 1.0 (Pending)
     
  • MCLE Credit in Oregon is pending.
     
  • PA CLE 1.0
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.0 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • TN CLE 1.08 (Pending)
     
  • This program has been submitted to the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.08 hours of credit.
     
  • TX MCLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.0 credit hours. Lorman Education Services is an accredited sponsor, approved by the State Bar of Texas, Committee on MCLE. This program has been approved by the Texas State Bar College for 1.0 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • UT CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Utah State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE hours.
     
  • VA CLE 1.0 (Pending)
     
  • This program has been submitted to the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 CLE credit hours.
     
  • VT CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.0 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • WA CLE 1.0 including Other 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 hour(s) of credit, including 1.00 hour(s) of credit in the "Other" category.
     
  • WI CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board of Bar Examiners for 1.0 hours for use toward the Wisconsin Mandatory CLE requirement.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.3
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.3 MCLE hours.
     

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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This live webinar is designed for attorneys. Other legal professionals may also benefit from attending.

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Over 34 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.

Faculty

Meredith S. Heller

Meredith S. Heller

Law Office of Meredith S. Heller PLLC

  • Principal, the Law Office of Meredith S. Heller PLLC
  • Practice emphasizes criminal defense and professional responsibility
  • Frequent speaker at CLEs on substance abuse and the profession, as well as professional ethics, generally
  • Member of NYS Bar Association’s Task Force on Lawyer Wellbeing (chair, Emotional Wellbeing Subcommittee)
  • Member of the New York City Bar Association (former chair, Professional Responsibility Committee; former chair, Lawyers Assistance Program Committee), New York State Bar Association (member of Professional Discipline Committee), New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and Federal Bar Council
  • J.D. degree, Cardozo Law School; M.A. and B.A. degrees, Case Western Reserve University
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Product ID: 409304
Published 2021
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