You may feel there’s nothing you can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding. However, you have more control over stress than you might think. No matter how stressful your life seems, you can take steps to relieve the pressure and regain balance.
How? By using the four A’s: avoid, alter, adapt, or accept.
Download the “Stress Relief Toolbox” provided by the authors. As they suggest, it’s not a bad idea to use one of these tools every day. Don’t wait for stress to build up.
If you’re a list-maker, the “Stress Management Self-Help Checklist” may appeal to you. It’s a good way to stay on track and remind yourself of the importance of managing stress as part of your overall health.
Last, but not least: if you’re trying to get a handle on the stressors in your life, consider keeping a “Stress Journal.”
The following post is a good reminder that your law degree can be used for more than practicing law.
If 2019 finds you evaluating your career options, read on. Follow-up by contacting the attorney counselors at the OAAP who can meet with you one-on-one or refer you to career resources, including CLEs.
A recording of the October 2017 ABA CLE webinar, “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change,” is now available to view, free of charge. The webinar featured the report of the same name issued by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being which presents a series of recommendations directed at a variety of […]
The new OSB 2017 Economic Survey is available for download. In it, you’ll find a plethora of information about Oregon lawyers, including employment characteristics, compensation, billing practices, career satisfaction, and future plans. Here are a few highlights:
28.3% of survey respondents reported being a member of at least one other state bar.
86.1% reported working as an Oregon lawyer; 13.9% were not.
Lawyers who chose to work part-time did so to maintain work/family balance, pursue other career interests, or because they were semi-retired.
Slightly more than 60% of working Oregon lawyers reported being in private practice, with just under 20% in government positions.
The most dominant areas of private practice are business/corporate (transactional and litigation), civil litigation (plaintiff and defense), tax/estate planning, family law, and real estate/land use/environmental.
The most common practice size was a 1 lawyer office, followed by 3-6 lawyer offices, and 7-20 lawyer offices.
The statewide mean compensation was $143,277.
The amount of compensation was highest in the Portland metro area and lowest on the Oregon coast.
The highest paying area of practice was real estate/land use/environmental.
Statewide, female lawyers reported earning less than male lawyers.
Peak earning years were 50-59, with compensation generally decreasing after age 60.
Statewide, the mean hourly rate was $286, ranging from $226 to $324 regionally. (The highest reported hourly rate was $850 in Portland.)
By area of practice, the highest hourly rate was for business/corporate – litigation, with a mean of $333. Other top billing areas were: real estate/land use/environmental, civil litigation – defendant (excluding insurance defense), and business/corporate – transactional.
On a scale of 1-5, with 1 being very dissatisfied and 5 being very satisfied, lawyers statewide had a mean career satisfaction rate of 3.98. In general, the more years in practice, the greater a lawyer’s satisfaction with his/her career.
By location, employment, and area of practice, the most satisfied lawyers were:
In the Upper Willamette Valley
Working as judges or hearing officers
Practicing in civil litigation defense, real estate/land use/environmental, or criminal law (private bar).
19.2% of lawyers statewide reported they were planning or contemplating retirement.
6.7% were planning to leave the profession, but not retire.
Another 10.3% were planning to reduce their practices.