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

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When Gary Powell advises his fellow lawyers to try meditation, he usually hears one of two responses: “They understand that meditation is good for them, but they either say they don’t have time, or the other one that I think is funny is … ‘I can’t do meditation, that will make you soft and take away your edge.’”

But Powell, who is a general counsel at Emery Oleochemicals and runs his own private practice in Cincinnati, has had a different experience altogether. “It does the opposite of dulling your edge—it actually sharpens it and give you better focus.”

And as someone who has been meditating for over a decade, Powell, who sits on the Cincinnati Bar Association’s health and well-being committee, wants other lawyers to give it a shot. Last week, he officially released a meditation app named “Legally Mindful,” designed specifically for attorneys.

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Rhys Dipshan

CT-born, New York-based legal tech reporter covering everything from in-house technology disruption to privacy trends, blockchain, AI, cybersecurity, and ghosts-in-the-machine. Continually waiting for law to catch up with tech. (It's like waiting for Godot, but without the clowns)

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