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Boost Your Emotional Intelligence, Be a Better Lawyer

February 26, 2016

Enhanced emotional intelligence (EQ) can make you a more effective communicator and a better leader. It also reduces stress, creates resilience, and helps you avoid conflict. Studies have shown that lawyers with enhanced emotional intelligence quotient have improved client relations, can recover more quickly from setbacks, and lead happier, more balanced lives.

Starting on April 7, the D.C. Bar will offer a six-session series to help participants develop and sharpen their emotional intelligence skill set and become better lawyers. The series features a mix of discussions and group exercises designed to help attorneys understand their own emotions and the emotions of others, use their EQ skills to interact better with clients and colleagues, learn how to solve problems collaboratively, and find ways to manage stress and build up their resilience.

"Emotional Intelligence Skills for Lawyers" will be led by Michelle Cotter Richards, associate certified coach with the International Coach Federation, and Denise Perme, manager of the D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP). 

The next sessions will be held on April 28, May 12 and 26, and June 9 and 26. All sessions take place from 12 to 2 p.m. at the D.C. Bar, 1101 K Street NW, Presidents' Room, second floor. This off-the-record brown bag program is sponsored by the D.C. Bar Practice Management Advisory Service, the D.C. Bar Sections Office, and the LAP. 

Enrollment for this series is limited to 30 persons, and attendance at all sessions is highly recommended. Once the maximum capacity for this program is reached, registration will close and a wait list will be created for those interested in participating at a later date.

Learn more about the Emotional Intelligence Skills for Lawyers series and register today


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For a closer look at EQ, read Denise Perme's interview with Washington Lawyer in our March issue.