The practice of law is oftentimes stressful: the stakes are high, tight deadlines are common, and cases can be emotionally draining. As a result, programs that meaningfully incorporate health and wellness strategies into the practice of law are highly valuable.

Lawyers who fail to invest in their personal wellness are at a competitive disadvantage in their careers. Data supports the fact that without a balanced lifestyle lawyers are at a high risk for burnout.  Focusing on wellness and health is fundamentally important for creating an environment in which attorneys can thrive both personally and professionally.

The Federal Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention September 14-16 in Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, situated in the heart of an active downtown scene, is within walking distance of some of Atlanta’s most famous tourist attractions, including the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, College Football Hall of Fame, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Keep up with your morning exercise routine and join the State Bar of Georgia’s Wellness Taskforce Committee on a guided run by some of Atlanta’s most historic downtown sites.  Participants will meet in the Westin Peachtree Plaza lobby at 7:00am on September 15.  Space is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged for this complimentary event.  Register now at www.fedbar.org/FBACon17.

The Annual Meeting offers numerous opportunities to explore the intersection between law and health. At “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of the General Counsel (OGC): Overview and Legal Issues,” gain insight into the role of the OGC in helping to achieve the CDC’s public health mission. Examine the legal authority of the federal government to take measures to prevent the introduction, transmission, and spread of communicable diseases, and understand legal issues surrounding global health security. Moderator Michele Forzley (Director, Forzley & Associates), along with OGC Senior Attorneys Eva M. Holland, James J. Misrahi, and Joanna L. Stettner, will investigate the recently published Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/CDC final rule to update regulations relating to the control of communicable diseases and outline the OGC’s legal support for global health security.

Additionally, don’t miss “The Affordable Care Act: How Health Coverage is Changing Under the Trump Administration” with Jones Day attorneys Elena Kaplan (Partner), Sara Pikofsky (Partner), and Noelle Whitmire (Associate). This session will analyze recent statutory and regulatory changes being implemented and/or considered by the Trump administration and how such changes impact health coverage provided by employers and insurers; how the changes may affect health coverage litigation, such as ERISA preemption issues; and how changes under the Trump administration may affect one’s own health coverage.

There is no time like the present to embark on a multilayered approach to law, wellness, and health. Sign up today at www.fedbar.org/FBACon17 for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Convention!


Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.