On March 20 at noon at the University Club, SBWL Foundation will grant our scholarships to deserving students funded by our scholarship sponsors:
Judge William McLafferty Memorial
Anticouni & Associates
The program will also include 1 hours of MCLE Credit provided (competency)
Elements of Well-Being: A Cause Calling for Action
By Robin Oaks, JD
In August of 2017, the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, formed by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and other organizations, issued a report entitled “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change.” The report makes a compelling argument that well-being is an indispensable part of a lawyer’s duty of competence. Using the report as a launch pad, this presentation will explore what is happening locally and nationally to raise awareness, make positive changes and support the paradigm shift that re-envisions what it means to live the life of a lawyer. Because well-being is an ongoing process involving all life dimensions, including emotional, occupational, intellectual, social, physical and spiritual, this presentation will provide tips and suggestions from a variety of perspectives about what we each can do to foster greater well-being for ourselves and for others in our legal community. Science-based techniques and current research will be shared, aimed at helping judges, lawyers and law students optimize their skills and realize success, in its broadest meaning, as legal professionals. Drawing from the wealth of ideas and action plans the National Task Force cites in its report, and using stories to illustrate the roadmap proposed, we will explore what the elements of well-being and wellness mean to you individually, and, ultimately, to the sustainability of our legal profession as a whole.
Presenter: Robin Oaks, J.D.
Robin Oaks has been an attorney for over thirty years, with licenses in three states. For over twenty years she has focused her legal practice exclusively on conducting workplace investigations and providing conflict resolution services for public and private sector clients. She has written publications and provided training about conducting investigations, sexual harassment prevention, conflict resolution skills, and well-being in the workplace. She has taught torts and employment law at Santa Barbara College of Law. After graduating from law school, she was judicial law clerk for the Honorable John Garrett Penn, District Court for the District of Columbia. Judge Penn was the trial judge for several landmark cases, including Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, which is the case in which the Supreme Court first recognized “hostile environment” as a form of discrimination under Title VII. She has worked in a variety of legal settings, including as an intern with the Justice Department, an associate at Robinson & Cole, a large east coast law firm, and a partner in Ehrlich & Oaks, a Santa Barbara law firm focusing on education and employment law for clients throughout California. As a result of her own personal journey healing from serious health challenges and seeking strategies to optimize well-being despite the realities of working in a stressful profession, she began training nearly twenty years ago in a wide range of healing arts techniques. She is licensed and certified under the California Massage Therapy Council. She currently has over a thousand hours of training, certification and formal studies in many mind-body modalities that she offers to professionals to help foster peak performance, optimize emotional and cognitive intelligence, and promote health and well-being. Contact info Robin@RobinOaks.com or 805-685-6773.