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Top 25 Biglaw Firm Hands Out Even More Money (On Top Of Bonuses)

This firm cares about its everyone's mental health, and they're paying for it.
Tags: Money, Law, Mental Health, Bonuses, Biglaw, Health & Wellness, Goodwin Procter, Well-Being Week in Law


"In 1993, when I was living in New York and still fresh off the boat, 60 Minutes featured a segment on Finland, which opened with this description..."

"... of Helsinki pedestrians going about their business: 'This is not a state of national mourning in Finland, these are Finns in their natural state; brooding and private; grimly in touch with no one but themselves; the shyest people on earth. Depressed and proud of it'” As far as facial expressions of the Finnish people, not much has changed since then. We are still just as reserved and melancholy as before. If happiness were measured in smiles, Finnish people would be among the most miserable...
Tags: Psychology, New York, Law, Happiness, Finland, Helsinki, Smiling, Ann Althouse, Jukka Savolainen


How Much Are Law Firms *Actually* Helping With Employees’ Mental Health During COVID?

The pandemic made the already massive mental health issues in the industry worse.
Tags: Law, Mental Health, Health / Wellness, Trivia Question of the Day, Unprecedented


Well-Being In The Law: Preparing For A Post-COVID World [Sponsored]

This year’s Well-Being Week in Law arrives as many firms are gearing up for a return to the office. While most have made operational changes to keep their people COVID-safe, how will they address their mental health needs during this unprecedented transition?
Tags: Law, Mental Health, Sponsored Content, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Practising Law Institute (PLI, Unprecedented, PLI Custom Unprecedented, Lawyer Wellness


One new case, two issues of appellate procedure

The Relist Watch column examines cert petitions that the Supreme Court has “relisted” for its upcoming conference. A short explanation of relists is available here. A lot of movement on the relist front this week. The court granted review in relisted cases involving the first two amendments to the U.S. Constitution, summarily overturned a court of appeals decision in a relisted habeas case for the second time in a month, and denied leave to file an “original jurisdiction” lawsuit between two st...
Tags: Health, Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, United States, Johnson, DOE, Ericsson, Tcl, Ortiz, Scott, HARRIS, Allen, Dobbs, Fifth Third Bancorp


"With no daily obligations and no children around, the challenge was 'to profit from the present moment without ever thinking about what will happen in one hour, in two hours'...."

"In partnership with laboratories in France and Switzerland, scientists monitored the 15 team members’ sleep patterns, social interactions and behavioural reactions via sensors. One sensor was a tiny thermometer inside a capsule that participants swallowed like a pill. It measured body temperature and transmitted data to a computer until it was expelled naturally. The team members followed their biological clocks to know when to wake up, go to sleep and eat. They counted their days not in hours...
Tags: Psychology, Law, France, Time, Switzerland, Ann Althouse, Christian -RSB- Clot


Workplace Drama Can Lead To Trauma

A hostile work environment is real. So is retaliation. It’s a big reason why employees are so reluctant to come forward, to call out, to speak truth to power.
Tags: Law, Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Jill Switzer, Health / Wellness


"People with psychosomatic illnesses are unfortunate in the fact that their condition offends western ideas not just about illness but who we are...."

"Our minds are airy, ethereal, separate; our bodies are a sort of machine for which the doctor is a mechanic. But... [s]praying water from your eyes in response to bad news is an example of a psychological state causing a physical one. So is the phenomenon of staving off a bout of illness until after you’ve completed an exam or an important piece of work....[S]ufferers from Parkinson’s disease, a physically manifested illness with an identifiable biological cause, respond dramatically to placeb...
Tags: Health, Sweden, Law, France, Earth, Tennessee, Marriott, Philosophy, Nicaragua, Prayer, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Strange Medical Condition, James Marriott London Times Secular


Two Sixth Amendment claims and an ERISA lawsuit

The Relist Watch column examines cert petitions that the Supreme Court has “relisted” for its upcoming conference. A short explanation of relists is available here. The Supreme Court didn’t have a conference last week, so it has more on its plate for this Friday’s conference than usual: 278 cases are scheduled for review. The court will likely be paying special attention to three of them, which are this week’s new relists. The court will be considering each of them for a second time. Two of the...
Tags: Health, New York, Texas, Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, California, United States, Ibm, Cia, Johnson, Abu Zubaydah, Central Intelligence Agency, Wells Fargo, Scott


"There were a number of prominent theologians during the years that I was going through the seminary who watered down the Resurrection, arguing that it was a symbol..."

"... for the conviction that the cause of Jesus goes on, or a metaphor for the fact that his followers, even after his horrific death, felt forgiven by their Lord. But this is utterly incommensurate with the sheer excitement on display in the Resurrection narratives and in the preaching of the first Christians. Can one really imagine St. Paul tearing into Corinth and breathlessly proclaiming that the righteous cause of a crucified criminal endures? Can one credibly hold that the apostles of Jes...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Mythology, Christianity, Jesus, Easter, Mediterranean, St Paul, Corinth, Ann Althouse, Dionysus Osiris Adonis, Bishop Robert Barron Wall Street Journal


"Alone in my apartment... I was surprised by how much my gender instead seemed to almost evaporate."

"Where did my own gender reside, then, if not in sending signals of difference?... With the gender binary all but gone, what did it mean to be nonbinary? How do I define my gender when I — accustomed to how visible my gender usually makes me — am no longer being watched?.... A similarly liberating shift happened for Tygra Slarii, a 29-year-old Black performer at a Minneapolis bar, The Saloon. Before the pandemic, Mx. Slarii came out as a woman and had gender-affirming breast augmentation....
Tags: Psychology, Minnesota, Law, Minneapolis, Transgender, Plastic Surgery, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Tygra Slarii, Slarii, Mx Slarii, Alex Marzano Lesnevich


"Kipling Williams has studied the effects of the silent treatment for more than 36 years, meeting hundreds of victims and perpetrators in the process..."

"A grown woman whose father refused to speak with her for six months at a time as punishment throughout her life. 'Her father died during one of those dreaded periods... When she visited him at the hospital shortly before his death, he turned away from her and wouldn’t break his silence even to say goodbye.' A father who stopped talking to his teenage son and couldn’t start again, despite the harm he knew he was causing. 'The isolation made my son change from a happy, vibrant boy to a spineless...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Relationships, Atlantic, Williams, Unsaid Things, Ann Althouse, Daryl Austin, Kipling Williams


High court to rule on legality of Covid contracts for PM's 'chums'

Campaigners claim Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock acted unlawfullyClaims that Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by appointing their “chums” to three top jobs in the fight against Covid-19 – without opening the processes to competition – are to be the subject of an official legal challenge in the high court.Campaigners won an initial victory in the case last Thursday, when Mr Justice Swift granted their applications for a judicial review. In court, they will argue that the prime mini...
Tags: Health, Politics, Law, UK News, Public finance, Public services policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Swift, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


Former Sidley Partner’s Mental Health Struggle Resonates With Attorneys

People share the very real price of a Biglaw career.
Tags: Law, Mental Health, Biglaw, Sidley Austin, Gabriel MacConaill, Joanna Litt, Kent Halkett


"Wim Hof’s technique of using physical discomfort—like ice baths—to improve mind and body is gaining popularity as it seeks scientific acceptance."

The Wall Street Journal reports.In 2013, researchers at Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that 12 people trained by Mr. Hof and then injected with E. coli had milder flulike symptoms than an untrained control group. In 2019, tests indicated a significant decrease in inflammation in 13 people suffering spinal arthritis over eight weeks of training in breathing, meditation and cold exposure....Mr. Hof’s career was born out of tragedy. He was in the Pyrenees working as a mo...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Law, Netherlands, Wall Street Journal, HOF, Wim Hof, Ann Althouse, Radboud University Medical Center, Coldness, Mr Hof


"Their passion for nature cuts to the heart of what Scandinavians call friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-liv)."

"The expression literally translates as 'open-air living' and was popularised in the 1850s by the Norwegian playwright and poet, Henrik Ibsen, who used the term to describe the value of spending time in remote locations for spiritual and physical wellbeing.... Today, the phrase is used more broadly by Swedes, Norwegians and Danes to explain anything from lunchtime runs in the forest, to commuting by bike (or on cross-country skis when the snow falls) to joining friends at a lakeside sauna (ofte...
Tags: Travel, Health, Law, Milwaukee, Bbc, Henrik Ibsen, Danes, Ibsen, Ann Althouse


"This guy was known for loving the job so much that he literally skipped to work... I remember thinking, ‘He had a crush on our job...'"

"'... and he couldn’t not talk about it the way you talk about somebody you have a crush on'... I was like, ‘Maybe this is fine, but it isn’t fun.'" Said Liz Glazer, from "A Law Professor Switches to Stand-Up Comedy/Taking an improv class on a whim led to a career in comedy for this onetime law professor" (Wall Street Journal). The skipping-to-work guy was a partner in the law firm where she worked before she took up a job as a law professor, but the concept — wanting to really love your job — c...
Tags: Psychology, Comedy, Marriage, Law, Adultery, Love, Careers, Ann Althouse, Lawprofs, Liz Glazer


"Some days I loathed myself for loathing my time on the couch when others didn’t have the option. Some days I loathed myself for liking it."

"But I was so tired.... But as the months wore on I realized this wasn’t rest anymore. It was becoming my lifestyle. And it wasn’t making me feel better — I felt deeply, unsettlingly worse.... 'Can you have rigor mortis while still alive,' I typed into Google.... There are two kinds of fatigue.... One is when your mind and body are truly tired. The other is when that system tricks you into feeling tired because you are in a rut. When you’re tired, you need rest. But if you’re in a rut, you need ...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Google, Law, Ann Althouse, Lindsay Crouse, Coronavirus


"We all need to think to keep things straight, but we mostly think by talking."

"We need to talk about the past, so we can distinguish the trivial, overblown concerns that otherwise plague our thoughts from the experiences that are truly important. We need to talk about the nature of the present and our plans for the future, so we know where we are, where we are going, and why we are going there. We must submit the strategies and tactics we formulate to the judgments of others, to ensure their efficiency and resilience. We need to listen to ourselves as we talk, as well, so...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Relationships, Tim Burton, Edgar Allan Poe, America, Conversation, Akira Kurosawa, Mark Twain, J K Rowling, Don, Kurosawa, George Santayana, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Jordan Peterson


"A study published in PLOS One suggests that the type of fiction a person reads affects their social cognition in different ways."

"Specifically, literary fiction was associated with increased attributional complexity and accuracy in predicting social attitudes, while popular fiction was linked to increased egocentric bias.... 'We distinguished between literary (e.g. Don Delillo, Jonathan Franzen, Alice Munroe) and popular fiction (e.g. Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, Jackie Collins), and showed that it is by reading literary fiction that you enhance your mindreading abilities — you are better at inferring and representing what othe...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Reading, Italy, Daniel Kahneman, National Research Council, Rydell, Kumiko, Ann Althouse, Emanuele Castano, University of Trento, Don Delillo Jonathan Franzen Alice Munroe, Dan Brown Tom Clancy Jackie Collins, Slitscan Laney


"Should older people with slightly above-normal blood sugar readings — a frequent occurrence since the pancreas produces less insulin in later life — be taking action..."

"... as the American Diabetes Association has urged? Or does labeling people prediabetic merely 'medicalize' a normal part of aging, creating needless anxiety for those already coping with multiple health problems?... Defenders of the emphasis on treating prediabetes, which is said to afflict one-third of the United States population, point out that first-line treatment involves learning healthy behaviors that more Americans should adopt anyway: weight loss, smoking cessation, exercise and healt...
Tags: Health, Law, Aging, United States, Scary, American Diabetes Association, Ann Althouse


"Did people stop saying 'fragility' in the past year? I feel like I used to see it on almost a daily basis..."

"... but I can’t remember seeing it for a while now. (And I deliberately say 'see' it instead of 'hear' it because I’ve only ever seen it written, never heard it out loud.) Could it be that the word started to seem out of touch because we’ve been realizing how fragile we all are?" Writes my son John on Facebook, and I think he's suggesting something about our heightened awareness of death and illness during the pandemic. I responded over there: Based on my search for "white fragility" in the NYT...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Language, John, Sting, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, DiAngelo, Jaltcoh, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Robin DiAngelo, Coronavirus


"I had to isolate, using Being Famous as an immense excuse for never facing anything. Because I was Famous, therefore I can’t go to the movies."

"I can’t go to the theater. But then sitting in this [Hong Kong hotel] room, taking baths, which I noticed Yoko did, every time I got nervous — I must have had about 40 baths — I’m looking out over the Hong Kong Bay, and there’s something ringing a bell. It’s like, what is it? And then I just got very, very relaxed. And it was like a recognition: this is me! This relaxed person is me!.... I rediscovered [in Hong Kong], the feeling I used to have as a youngster, walking in the mountains of Scotla...
Tags: Psychology, Hong Kong, Music, Law, Scotland, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, John, Richard, Beatles, Lennon, Solitude, Jerry Lee Lewis, Yoko, Ann Althouse, Hong Kong Bay


Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by failing to publish Covid contracts

High court rules that failure to publish details of contracts within 30 days was transparency breach Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe health secretary, Matt Hancock, acted unlawfully by failing to publish multibillion-pound Covid-19 government contracts within the 30-day period required by law, a high court judge has ruled.The judge, Mr Justice Chamberlain, ruled the failure to do so breached the “vital public function” of transparency over how “vast quantities” of...
Tags: Health, Politics, Law, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, Mr Justice Chamberlain


Rush Limbaugh, the "isolate."

From "Rush Limbaugh’s Complicated Legacy/He was a gifted entertainer and advocate, but in his later years certain flaws became more evident" by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal: To create a community of tens of millions of people in fractured, incoherent America was an astounding feat. To pretty much sustain it over 30 years was equally astounding. It is perhaps ironic but probably inevitable that that community was created by a man whom one of his closest friends this week called “an iso...
Tags: Psychology, Law, John Lennon, America, Language, Peggy Noonan, Solitude, Don, Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Althouse


"She said, I don't introspect hardly ever, hardly at all — meaning she spends almost no time looking inward."

"She doesn't really think about herself, her thoughts, her feelings about the world almost ever.... Diane says insightful things. She's considerate-- always considerate.... How did she have that insight? She doesn't look inside.... 'Well, since you started asking me about this, I've been thinking about it.... So walking into the grocery store the other night, I was walking in, and I was just like, what would I be thinking about if I were introspecting right now? And I had no idea. I was like, w...
Tags: Psychology, Law, This American Life, Volvo, Lily, Diane, Ann Althouse


"A few weeks into riding, [Michelle] Schaeffer, 34, posted a suggestion on the 395,000-member Peloton Facebook page."

"Riders there frequently rave about the soaring emotions and meaning they get from the teachers’ words combined with the physical intensity. Posts about crying during rides are common. Wouldn’t Christian music — maybe gospel — be even better, Schaeffer wondered, even more intense? Responses were rapid. 'Just stop. Please don’t turn Peloton into another political/grievance battle. Drop it,' wrote one. 'Perhaps you could find your Christian ... whatever ... at church?' wrote another...." From "P...
Tags: Health, Law, Christianity, Catholic Church, Jesus, New Age, Schaeffer, Peloton, Harvard Divinity School, Ann Althouse, Lightweight Religion, Peloton Facebook, Michelle -RSB- Schaeffer, Ter Kuile


Pakistan ends death penalty for prisoners with severe mental health problems

Supreme court ruling welcomed by rights activists who say it opens the way to broader prison reformsIn a landmark decision, Pakistan’s supreme court ruled this week that prisoners with serious mental health problems cannot be executed for their crimes.The verdict was hailed by rights activists, who said it laid the groundwork for broader prison reforms in the country. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Law, Society, World news, Mental Health, South and Central Asia, Pakistan, Global development, Capital punishment


"As the quarterback has aged, he works out less with weights, which could leave him prone to muscle tears."

"Now it’s all about planks, lunges and squats, followed by more pliability exercises, such as doing crunches with a vibrating roller beneath his back." He also uses "resistance bands, to make muscles more pliable, soft and resilient."  From "Everything we know about Tom Brady’s extreme diet and fitness routines" (NY Post). It's helpful to know what works for a highly functional body. He's 43 and he's minimizing the use of weights and looking to keep his muscles soft. There's a photograph o...
Tags: Health, Food, Law, Sports, Tom Brady, Sleeping, Ann Althouse


Response to the Symposium on Abortion and the Law

For the Symposium on Mary Ziegler, Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Mary Ziegler At what is undoubtedly a crucial point in the history of abortion law, I’m especially honored by the attention paid to my book, Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present(Cambridge 2020). Jack Balkin has brought together four brilliant contributors whose work in this field has influenced my own. I am grateful to Jack and to each of...
Tags: Health, Supreme Court, Law, Court, America, Gop, United States, Yale, New York Times, Abortion, Republican Party, Jack, Donald Trump, Branding, Guest Blogger, Greenhouse



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