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  • Lawyer Wellness and Leadership Series

    Over the next several weeks, ACC will deliver a series of webcasts on Lawyer Wellness and Leadership. Sessions include: 

    • Leading Through Crisis: Strategies for Communications, Management, and Cultivating Resiliency (May 28)
      There are many factors that contribute to the daily mental, physical and psychological wear and tear of lawyers. Times of crisis offer their own unique challenges and stressors especially when leaders are faced with managing and communicating during uncertainty while trying to maintain resilience.
      During this webinar, we will provide actionable steps to manage, communicate and maintain resilience through the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    •  Building Life Long Skills for a Changed World - Strategies for Motivation, Performance and Well Being (June 9)
      Proudly presented by the ACC Chicago Chapter

      There are many factors that contribute to the daily mental, physical and psychological wear and tear of lawyers. Times of crisis offer their own unique challenges and stressors especially when leaders are faced with managing and communicating during uncertainty while trying to maintain resilience.
      During this webinar, we will provide actionable steps to manage, communicate and maintain resilience through the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Mindfulness as a Business Practice (June 10)
      The legal profession is one that is known for inducing burnout, stress and anxiety in its members, but it doesn’t have to be this way.  Along with many other initiatives in the practice of law, mindfulness is receiving mainstream praise for helping lawyers (and non-lawyers alike!) to cope with the pressures and burdens of the job. ACC's Law Department Management Network is pleased to support ACC's Leadership and Wellness Series with a presentation about how mindfulness can help you and your team not just succeed, but thrive. Join former LDM Chair and current American Cancer Society Genera Counsel Tim Phillips for a thoughtful presentation on the value of mindfulness for lawyers as it relates to the practice and business of law. Tim has spent many years incorporating mindfulness into his daily routine, and, has encouraged his team to adopt these practices as well. Tim will be joined by LDM’s Communications Co-Chair, Marissa Martin, who along with serving in-house is a certified yoga instructor. Tim and Marissa will discuss the benefits of incorporating mindfulness practices into their daily lives, and how you can do that for your teams as well.
    • How Promotable Are You? Using the Five Key Elements of Promotability for In-House Legal Professionals (June 10)

      How promotable are you? Being promotable can fast track your career. It means you have skills that are highly sought after and valued in your current or a future role. When you possess these skills it means you’re at the top of your game -- and that gives you better career choices.

      Join former Fortune Global 50 exec and coach Amii Barnard-Bahn as she walks you through the five key elements of promotability possessed by corporate leaders – and sought out by management teams when deciding who to promote and invest in as leaders.

    •  Tools for Relaxing the Anxious Brain (June 23) 
      Please join Jeena Cho in Part II of the series -- Tools for Relaxing the Anxious Brain. This session will cover: The science of stress and anxiety; How mindfulness practice changes the anxious brain; The power of gratitude practice; and Guided loving-kindness meditation. 

      Jeena Cho is an attorney, and author of the best-selling book, "The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation.

    • Cultivating New Skills in a Virtual and Uncertain Workplace (July 14)
      During this webinar, we will explore success strategies for working remotely.  Legal industry and workplace expert, Debbie Epstein Henry, will share tips to keep yourself engaged and productive on your work projects while maintaining fulfillment (and sanity) in your home life. We’ll also explore recommendations to more generally manage the pace and effectiveness of remote work in these challenging times.
  • OnDemand Programs

    The business consequences of bad behavior 

    The past year saw the fall of many powerful individuals in the sports and entertainment fields and beyond due to personal misconduct, sparking the rise of the #MeToo movement and other grassroots initiatives. However, the damage went beyond people: Companies that tolerated or empowered bad behavior suffered as well. Explore what led to the groundswell of change and what it means for the future. Discuss best practices for developing a culture of compliance and the risks of failing to do so, including an exploration of the legal and public relations implications for companies and individuals.

    OnDemand CLE/CPD

    BAD (burnout, addiction & depression) is not good for your legal department

    In-house counsel are often called upon to provide continuous support in stressful, critical matters. Recent studies on the health and well-being of lawyers—and on the effects of chronic stress—remind us that the practice of law involves pressures that can lead to burnout, addiction and depression.Fortunately, there are well-understood strategies and interventions to prevent or de-escalate the negative side effects of high-octane legal careers. Join our panelists, who include a nationally renowned psychologist, a practitioner with experience in mindfulness and in-house counsel, as they identify some of the most common warning signs of burnout and depression and provide positive ideas for coping. The session will present real-world scenarios and interactive simulations to help you handle unanticipated workplace challenges, reduce stress and use new communication and stress reduction skills to be your best self.

    OnDemand CLE/CPD

    Super lawyers: ethical implications of stress burnout and substance use

    This session will discuss the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-being,  which presents alarming evidence of the effects of stress, burnout,  suicide and substance use within the legal profession, and makes  recommendations for what leaders in the profession can do about it.

    OnDemand CLE/CPD

    Permission to create a well and resilient legal workplace 

    Mary is passionate about sharing her knowledge of wellness in the law and is committed to her involvement with The Minds Count Foundation (formerly known as the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation).  Mary will speak from her experience both as a Director of Minds Count and as Managing Partner at Swaab, a Sydney based commercial law firm.  Over the last six years, Mary has put in place numerous initiatives to develop a culture of wellness within the Swaab community.  Mary will share current research and data on wellness in the law, the TJMF Best Practice Guidelines and provide practical examples of how to implement a culture of wellness and ensure that employees physical and psychological health is front and centre.

    OnDemand CLE/CPD

    WHAT (Wellness, Health, and Treatment) Is Good for Your Legal Department

    In-house counsel are well aware that “BAD” (Burnout, Addiction, and Depression) is not good for legal departments, but you may not know “WHAT” (Wellness, Health, and Treatment) can help. As a follow up to last year’s popular “BAD” session, we will delve more deeply into concepts like mindfulness and stress reduction in the workplace, with a focus on how companies are implementing mental health programs and practical tips for making them successful. Join our panelists, who include counsel with experience implementing mental health programs, as well as a nationally renowned psychologist, for another important session on strategies for making the legal department—and the workplace—a healthier place.

    OnDemand CLE/CPD

    Setting the Course for 2019: Success through Mindfulness and Resiliency

    Is the practice of law causing you stress or making you feel overwhelmed? Are you looking for tools to help you improve your resiliency to stress, or to help you better manage your practice?  Resiliency training and mindfulness practices can improve response to stress, provide greater focus and efficiency, and facilitate more effective presence for your clients and teams.  As leaders, managers and employees, we have a responsibility to lead by example and promote effectiveness, efficiency, health and well-being in the workplace.  Join Wendy Maines and Ariel Cudkowicz  to explore the concepts of resiliency and mindfulness, and to examine mindfulness tools that may help you better manage and even ward off unproductive conflict and hostility.

    OnDemand CLE/CPD

  • ACC Resources

  • Programs-in-a-Box


    Supporting Wellness: Improving the Health of Corporate Counsel, Our Profession and Our Communities

    The American Bar Association did a recent study with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation as the first national study on attorney substance use and mental health concerns.  The conclusions were alarming for corporate counsel in that attorneys experience problematic drinking and alcohol use disorders at a higher rate than any other professional populations. Mental health distress is also significant with levels of depression, anxiety, and stress among attorneys being very significant with over 25% experiencing moderate to severe symptoms. There is a significant need to address “personal wellness” for attorneys, law students and judges.    

    Additionally, the “corporate wellness” theme is based on the proven effectiveness of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs and how a company can help solve social issues while benefiting from improvements in public image, media coverage, employee engagement and moral, and the attraction and retention of investors.

    Program Materials

    Ethics for Stressed 'Super Lawyers'

    The goal of this Super Lawyer ethics program is to add value to your “stressed” corporate counsel career by sharing recent research and success stories, tools to immediately enhance and “de-stress” your practice, plus a simple way to identify and resolve professional responsibility issues in the workplace.  Trends in corporate well-being initiatives help address the lack of mindfulness, egoism, issue avoidance, substance use, and the need for rest and recovery. Through real ethics case scenarios and a lively discussion of the US Model Rules of Professional Conduct, participants will gain useful managerial takeaways for handling changes in the workplace, practice of law, including practical takeaways scalable by law department size.  Return to the office with a new “well-being kit” and strategies to promote ethical, sustainable, high-level performance, while issue spotting among colleagues who may need help.  

    Program Materials

  • About


    The vision for the Wellness Initiative is to offer engaging and substantive opportunities that promote education, support and solutions to improve the legal practice and lives of corporate counsel.   

    What is ACC's Wellness Initiative? 

    The Wellness Initiative provides suggested guidelines and resources for the in-house legal community, regardless of department size, to support the needs of the whole person, including those who may be experiencing impairment.  

  • Supporters


          James Patton Headshot






    James Patton
    Vice President for Advancement and General Counsel
    Christian Care Communities

    James Patton currently serves as chief legal officer and vice president of advancement for The Broadhurst Group in Louisville, KY overseeing senior care communities across Kentucky. He is both a legal and business executive in the senior living and long-term care communities. He has years of experience managing executive relationships and is recognized as an ethical team player delivering streamlined and cost-efficient legal solutions that foster organizational effectiveness, brand engagement, and revenue growth. His colleagues see him as a strategic legal and entrepreneurial thinker with proven ability to set a clear vision, build high performance teams, communicate with stakeholders, and transact business in cross-cultural settings.

    He is an author, legal education speaker, and provides leadership to several nonprofits including Appleseed Network, ACC, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and others. He is the founder of National Community Service Day for ACC helping build corporate social responsibility programs. He also serves as an ambassador for ACC’s global wellness initiative. He is a youth mentor and advisor for the US Congressional Award Foundation and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

    Mr. Patton graduated with his LLM from the University of Miami. He holds a JD from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, and a MDiv from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


    Claudette Patton
    National Legal Education Speaker, Professor, Executive Well-Being Advisor

    Claudette Patton is a consummate networker and encourager now that she’s retired from the full-time practice of law. Founding, she now draws upon her legal and education experience to help children gain access to justice, education, and benefits. Ms. Patton’s passion for mentoring and positioning others for success is evident by her recent completion of doctoral coursework in leadership and organizational effectiveness. Her focus is on the many aspects of workplace culture that improve engagement, foster well-being and avoid burnout, such as meaningful work, positive leadership, resiliency training and more.

    She was a member of law review, The Journal of Family law, and editor of the Journal of Law and Education. As a former assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, law clerk for the US District Court Western Division, university professor, and successful litigator, she was moved by the ABA’s call to action to find solutions for colleagues seeking to recover from stress, burnout and substance abuse.

    She is an author, national legal education speaker, motivational trainer, and board member for several nonprofits, including the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization Foundation, and the Olive Branch Foundation. She is a youth advisor for the US Congressional Award Foundation, serves as a mentor for at-risk youth, and helps support cadets at the National Guard Challenge Academy.

    Ms. Patton is a three-time graduate of the University of Louisville earning a BS, MEd, and JD.

          Jill Kalliomaa






    Jill Kalliomaa
    Senior Legal Counsel

    Jill is Senior Legal Counsel for GNF, a drug discovery research institute in La Jolla, California, part of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, the global healthcare company.  Jill’s practice has included contracts, compliance, and intellectual property, and she has broad experience in creating solutions and relationships for innovative industries including biotech and telecommunications.  Jill has been serving on the ACC’s SoCal chapter Board since 2016 and is a co-creator and Co-Chair of the chapter's newly formed Attorney Well-Being Committee. [email protected]

            Jeffrey Compangano






    Jeffrey Compangano
    General Counsel & Vice President
    World & Brown Companies

    Jeffrey is the General Counsel and Vice President for the Word & Brown Companies, a leading California provider in health insurance and benefits administration products.  Jeff manages all legal matters for his organization’s corporate divisions, including complex contract negotiations, Intellectual Property, and mergers and acquisitions.  He served on the Board of the ACC’s SoCal chapter from 2010 to 2016 and still remains active by participating on numerous committees and as a co-creator and Co-Chair of the chapter's newly formed Attorney Well-Being Committee. [email protected]

    Rebecca Collins


    Rebecca Collins
    Senior Counsel, Global Corporate Affairs

    Rebecca Collins is Senior Counsel, Global Corporate Affairs for Chubb.  Her practice focuses on corporate governance, transactional and intellectual property matters.  She has extensive experience in the insurance industry and focuses on working collaboratively to provide practical solutions that help her clients achieve their objectives.  Rebecca is also the Immediate Past President of the ACC Chicago Chapter, and remains active on several chapter committees.  

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