Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Double Whammy

Have you noticed that many of the students who appear in the Academic Support office and ask for academic assistance appear stressed and depressed?  Many who have not yet figured out how to handle the rigors of law school get caught in the debilitating cycle of working harder, longer and less efficiently ... then becoming increasingly frustrated with the poor results.

Today I read an article by Nancy Byerly Jones, an attorney, certified mediator, and legal Jones_81405management consultant. She lives in the North Carolina Mountains where she conducts retreats for attorneys and staff.

The article, "The Dangerous Link Between Chronic Office Chaos, Stress, Depression, and Substance Abuse," was first published in the ABA's GP SOLO magazine (July/August 2001) ... the version you will read when you click on the article's title is on the Missouri Bar's Law Practice Management website.

Here's what struck me: the article has two applications for ASPers ...
   1.  For us.  Read it with yourself in mind.
   2.  For our students.  Substitute "student" for "lawyer," and "school" for "office."

Both students and Academic Support professionals ought to run through Ms. Jones's Self-Audit chart, don't you think?  (Click here to e-mail attorney Jones.)

By the way, that retreat (mentioned on Ms. Jones's site) looks/sounds like a good idea as well, doesn't it? Smiley  (djt)

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