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Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession

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What if I told you that I became a better lawyer by signing off email and putting down my phone?

As a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a law firm with 31 offices and clients based around the world, I know that would seem impossible in this global economy. For my colleagues and me, someone, somewhere is always “on,” in order to serve our clients in the best way possible.

So when I first heard author and speaker Cal Newport’s call for a digital decluttering, my initial reaction was that while it seemed like a great objective to strive for, there was no way a lawyer like me could use less technology and keep up with the demands of the profession and my own personal expectations with respect to client service.

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