The Docket April 2020 - Page 7

YO U N G L AW Y E R S D I V I S I O N Love in the time of COVID-19 T he funny thing about Docket articles is that they are usually written long before the bar events they describe take place. For this edition of the Docket, I had penned an article describing, in, frankly, too much detail, the YLD’s March 19 joint social with the Manatee County Young Lawyers Division at Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton. I graciously thanked our spon- sors, Jesse Butler (of Dickinson & Gibbons) and Sierra Butler (of Ferrari, Butler & Moneymaker), gave a shout out to Warren Chin for putting together such a wildly successful event, and even ruminated on who won the impromptu corn- hole tournament. Had things gone to plan, you all would be none the wiser. Silly Brian. Evidently, things have not gone according to plan. 2020 has been put on hold. For the SCBA, that means our courts are operating at fractional YLD PRESIDENT’S COLUMN Brian Goodrich, Esq. Bentley & Bruning, P.A. speed. SCBA events, like Law Week, are postponed or altogether canceled. And, as responsible social distancing has at least temporarily supplanted in-person depositions and mediation, our collective practice is becoming even more electronic. In this time of uncer- tainty and widespread personal and professional disrup- tion, it is critical to remember that the SCBA is a community. Help your fellow SCBA members, extend professional courtesy where at all possible, and, most importantly, understand how we have all been impacted. We will get through this. It’s not all bad news. On March 13, my wife Sasha gave birth to our first son, Noah Benjamin Goodrich, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Sasha and I are overjoyed with our beautiful Noah. Life with a newborn in the midst of a global pandemic has presented challenges. Visits from grandparents, aunts and uncles, for example, have been indefinitely delayed. Leaving the house for routine, but necessary, pediatrician checkups has wreaked anxiety. But, if anything, quarantining has allowed me to focus on bonding as a newly expanded family without distraction. For that, I am very grateful. KINDNESS CHALLENGE Happiness and the law: Being a kind #WellLawyer By CAROLEEN B. BREJ, Esq., Bentley & Bruning and JODI M. RUBERG, Esq. Blalock Walters, P.A. “When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace” —The 14th Dalai Lama (1935) D uring the month of May, the SCBA together with the Florida Bar challenges YOU to increase your HAPPINESS by participating in our Health & Wellness Kindness Challenge! Everyone enjoys a fun competition, and what could be better than a challenge that focuses on becoming a better YOU?  (Insert three raising hands emojis) Kicking off our May challenge, get started on your way to increased HAPPINESS by celebrating National “Be Kind to Lawyers Day” on April 14! Go out of your way to say something or do something nice for another lawyer! Tag us on social media by using hashtags such as: Caroleen B. Brej, Esq. Bentley & Bruning Jodi M. Ruberg, Esq. Blalock Walters, P.A. #SCBA; #SCBAYLD; #WellLawyer; #KindlyYLD; #KINDLawyerSRQ; #FLAYLD. Kindness has a long, profound effect on happiness. Studies show that when you are kinder, you are happier and when you are happier, you are healthier. According to University of Pennsylvania Professor Martin Seligman, scientists have found that “kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.” (Yes, our challenge is based on science too!) Kindness and happiness create a kind of “positive feedback loop” with long-lasting benefits – particularly important for us lawyers.  Modeling our challenge off of UCSB’s own Health & Wellness Challenge, during the month of May, we challenge YOU to be KINDER, HAPPIER (and HEALTHIER!) by: 1. Practicing gratitude; 2. Being kind; 3. Communicating; 4. F  ocusing on a stress management routine; 5. Showing self-compassion; 6. F  eeling and practicing optimism; and 7. Practicing mindfulness. T o coincide with the challenge, you can access a special SCBA Facebook group called “SCBA #WellLawyer,” intended to promote a healthy being. We all know lawyers experience stress, depression and substance abuse at rates far higher than the general population. This page will share tips and suggestions for healthy habits such as healthy eating, workout routines, counsel- ing, meditation techniques as well as a location for us to lift each other up and be kind to one another. We plan to keep the page live even after the challenge ends to continue to promote increased well-being for our members.  Stay tuned for our article next month with more details on how to participate in the challenge and ways to track and share your acts of KINDESS! Also be on the lookout in June for a “Happy HEALTH Hour,” to celebrate our KINDER, HAPPIER, and HEALTHIER selves! The Docket · April 2020 7