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State Bar of Michigan: On Balance Podcast
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State Bar of Michigan: On Balance Podcast

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The State Bar of Michigan podcast series, On Balance, features a diversified array of legal thought leaders. Hosted by JoAnn Hathaway of the bar’s Practice Management Resource Center and Molly Ranns of the Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program at the State Bar of Michigan, the series focuses on the need for interplay between practice management and lawyer-wellness for a thriving law practice.

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Aug 8, 2022

Top IOLTA Trust Account Questions

To help attorneys understand the particulars on IOLTA accounts, Molly Ranns and JoAnn Hathaway welcome Robinjit Eagleson to answer IOLTA inquiries commonly received by the State Bar of Michigan Ethics Helpline. Robinjit...

Jul 18, 2022

The Creation of Sustainable, Healthy, and Inclusive Workspaces

Healthier indoor spaces are good for both you and the environment! On Balance hosts JoAnn Hathaway and Molly Ranns get a unique perspective on sustainable, inclusive, and more climate-friendly workspaces from Nicole...

Jun 13, 2022

Mental Health Challenges Facing the Legal Profession Today

Unique stressors that frequently accompany the life of a legal professional can still be major triggers for depression and other mental health issues. What work still needs to be done to address...

May 23, 2022

The Delta Model: Lawyer Readiness and Competency Post-Covid

The pandemic made many things change at a rapid pace, but even with this evolution, the same competency areas are still needed to thrive in the practice of law. On Balance hosts...

Apr 11, 2022

Succession Planning for Your Law Firm

Succession planning is critical for ensuring the protection of lawyers, clients, and the public; but does every lawyer need a plan? Molly Ranns and JoAnn Hathaway talk with Alecia Chandler about how...

Mar 14, 2022

Meditation and Mindfulness Practices for Legal Professionals

Dawn Kulongowski shares mental wellness tips for attorneys.

Feb 14, 2022

Ethical Wellness in Your Law Firm

Victoria Vuletich explains how ethical wellness helps lawyers make better decisions.

Jan 10, 2022

Suicide Prevention in the Legal Community

Erica Grigg discusses suicide prevention by sharing her personal story and what to do if you or someone you care about is at risk.

Dec 13, 2021

Collaboration Tools, Technology, and Tips

Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell share their insights on collaborative technology in legal practice.

Nov 8, 2021

Gray-Area Drinking in the Legal Profession

Professional burnout and alcohol coach Wendy McCallum offers insights on recognizing unhealthy patterns and making changes.

Oct 11, 2021

Coping With Stress in the Legal Profession

Anne Chambers shares tips for altering your perspective on stress to create better coping strategies.

Sep 13, 2021

Supporting Resilience and Mental Health for Law Firm Employees

Laura Mahr shares insights on how to help lawyers and law firms recover from pandemic-related stress.

Aug 9, 2021

Personal Branding Tips for Lawyers

Katy Goshtasbi digs into how simple self-examination can help lawyers grow their confidence and develop an effective personal brand.

Jul 12, 2021

The SOLACE Program — Helping Michigan’s Legal Professionals and Law Students

Learn all about the State Bar of Michigan’s new SOLACE Program with esteemed guests Bruce Courtade and Robert Mathis.

Jun 14, 2021

Building Your Law Firm’s Web Presence

Legal marketing expert Gyi Tsakalakis demystifies methods and means for effectively increasing your law firm’s online presence.

May 10, 2021

Stress and Resiliency in the US Judiciary

Joan Bibelhausen and Judge David Shaheed discuss the findings of the 2020 National Judicial Stress and Resiliency Survey.

Apr 12, 2021

The Attorney Grievance Process in Michigan – Part 2

Mark Armitage gives an overview of what happens when an attorney grievance moves through the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board’s adjudication process.

Mar 8, 2021

The Attorney Grievance Process in Michigan – Part 1

Grievance Administrator Michael Goetz gives a straightforward explanation of what happens when a complaint is filed against a Michigan attorney.

Feb 15, 2021

Becoming Tech-Competent at TECHSHOW 2021

ABA TECHSHOW co-chairs Roberta Tepper and Allan Mackenzie share what’s in store at this year’s accessible, affordable, all-virtual conference.

Jan 28, 2021

Diversity and Inclusion: How Lawyer Wellbeing Promotes Inclusivity

Lawyer wellness enthusiast Alexis Robertson shares insights on the connection between diversity and inclusion and overall wellbeing.

Dec 14, 2020

Standing Out in 2021: Professional Growth Tactics for Future-Minded Attorneys

Legal industry analyst Ari Kaplan offers tips for lawyers as they navigate the legal profession’s pandemic-motivated changes.

Nov 9, 2020

Internet Legal Research on a Budget with Carole Levitt and Judy Davis

Carole Levitt and Judy Davis, authors of “Internet Legal Research on a Budget: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Lawyers,” talk about their favorite resources for lawyers.

Oct 12, 2020

Cybersecurity Practices That Won’t Bust Your Budget – Practical Tips

Cybersecurity expert David Ries shares the essential safeguards needed to protect your law firm’s technology.

Sep 14, 2020

Cybersecurity Practices That Won’t Bust Your Budget – Security Basics

Cybersecurity expert David Ries outlines current cyber threats for law firms and gives practical, lower-cost security options that can help protect them from attack.

Aug 21, 2020

Legal Malpractice Risk Control in the Covid Era

Sean Ginty assesses new risks attorneys face because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jun 18, 2020

Wellness During Times of Crisis

Molly Ranns and Katie Stanley share strategies for reducing stress and prioritizing mental health during the challenges of COVID-19.

May 4, 2020

President Dennis Barnes — Practicing Law During COVID-19

President Dennis Barnes shares updates on how the State Bar of Michigan is addressing issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr 13, 2020

How to Make LinkedIn Work for You with Allison Shields

Allison Shields shares tips for enhancing your LinkedIn use.

Mar 23, 2020

New Michigan Supreme Court Orders: What Lawyers Should Expect During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack discusses the Michigan Supreme Court’s recent orders regarding state trial courts during the public health crisis and the order for changes to mental health questions on the...

Feb 10, 2020

Mentoring Professional Identity to Improve Lawyer Wellbeing

Ryann Peyton discusses the importance of helping lawyers define their professional identity and offers guidance for developing successful attorning mentoring programs.

Dec 18, 2019

Tech Competency: Security Fundamentals

Barron Henley discusses best practices for law firm security.

Nov 20, 2019

Tech Competency: Core Technologies For Your Law Firm

Barron Henley discusses Michigan’s adoption of the ethical duty of technology competence.

Nov 1, 2019

Exploring Gambling Addiction and the Path to Recovery

Jeff Wasserman shares stories of his struggles with gambling addiction, the lessons he’s learned, and the work he’s doing now to help others.

Sep 26, 2019

Michigan’s New Civil Discovery Rules

Katie Hennessey explains Michigan’s new civil discovery rules and shares resources available to help Michigan lawyers get up to speed on the changes.

Aug 30, 2019

How Loneliness Impacts the Practice of Law

Olivia Ash and Jeff Zapor discuss attorney mental health issues surrounding loneliness.

Jul 11, 2019

The Mindful Law Firm—Using Positivity to Increase Well-Being

Anne Brafford offers strategies firms can implement to effectively prioritize lawyer health and well-being.

Jun 14, 2019

Connecting with Your Clients

Dr. Noelle Nelson gives listeners simple techniques for connecting with all types of clients and teach lawyers how to communicate, even if they disagree with their client.

May 21, 2019

Do Rock the Boat: Making Workplace Conflict Productive

Practical methods for confronting coworkers, challenging differing positions, and using dissent to improve trust and productivity.

Apr 19, 2019

Manage What You Do: How Lawyers Can Accomplish More in Less Time

Allison Shields talks about how lawyers can do more in less time.

Mar 21, 2019

The 2019 Law School Experience

Victoria Vuletich talks about what the law school experience is like for the current generation of students.

Feb 22, 2019

The Opioid Crisis — Solutions for a Rising Epidemic

Harry Nelson talks about the opioid crisis and his book, “The United States of Opioids: A Prescription For Liberating A Nation In Pain.”

Jan 31, 2019

Michigan’s Rule Changes for Limited Scope Representation

Judge Michelle Rick and attorney Kim Jones talk about Michigan’s rule changes for limited scope representation that aim to lessen the justice gap.

Dec 27, 2018

Lawyer Well-Being: A National Movement for Culture Change

Terry Harrell talks about her work with the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being

Oct 31, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: The View From The Criminal Bench

Judge Joseph J. Farah shares how attorneys can prepare a proper motion.

Oct 31, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Young Lawyers Learn from the Masters — Part 2

Carolyn Williams, Joseph Golden, and Susan & Ed Haroutunian talk about what they valued most in their careers as lawyers.

Oct 31, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Young Lawyers Learn from the Masters — Part 1

Leonard Suchyta, Bruce Neckers, Susan Howard, and L. Brooks Patterson talk about what they valued most in their careers.

Oct 30, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Balancing Career and Life

Justice Bridget McCormack’s talks about how lawyers can balance their careers and personal lives in a healthy way.

Oct 30, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Session Highlights with Christopher Anderson

Chris Anderson talks about the four sessions he presented at the NEXT Conference that all centered around law firm owner freedom.

Oct 30, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Immigration Law

Susan E. Reed breaks down some of the complexities of immigration law, encourages lawyers to be educated on immigration law, and offers ways lawyers can partner with clients at MIRC.

Oct 30, 2018

State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference 2018: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Automation

Nicole Black talks about artificial intelligence and other legal technology.

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JoAnn Hathaway

JoAnn Hathaway is a practice management advisor for the State Bar of Michigan.  She previously worked as...

Molly Ranns

Molly Ranns is program director for the Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program at the State Bar of...

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