Welcome

to A Balanced Practice!

I’m Patty Beck and my goal is to teach lawyers and other legal professionals how to infuse well-being into their personal and professional lives.

At A Balanced Practice, I offer presentations focused on these “little things” with an emphasis on the intersection between well-being and ethics, how mindfulness can help us feel more engaged at home and at work, and techniques to manage the stress we experience each day as lawyers and as people. I also offer a workshop through Arizona State University entitled Foundations of Mindfulness for Lawyers, which highlights how mindfulness, self-compassion, and resilience can enhance our lives as attorneys.
Learn more about My Offerings.

After starting my career in “Big Law,” I left private practice to work as a Claim Attorney at a legal malpractice carrier where I discovered how many ethical pitfalls lawyers must navigate each day (and how hard we are on ourselves when we make mistakes!). This fueled my passion for discovering the “little things” lawyers can do each day to feel successful in our personal and professional lives. 

What I mean by the “little things”

Move the email app on your phone to the 2nd screen so that you control when you switch from personal time to work time.

Know your limits. If you accept an assignment when you’re maxed out, you risk delivering poor work product, damaging the client relationship, and disregarding personal commitments.

Be kind to yourself. We all make mistakes and deserve a little compassion when they happen. 

Practice “unplugging” on nights and weekends for a few weeks before any vacation so that you are comfortable with it before you get to the beach!

Write a list of the things you need to maintain your mental health, and how to achieve them on a regular basis.

Presentations & Workshops

At A Balanced Practice, I offer presentations and workshops for lawyers and other legal professionals focused on practical ways to incorporate well-being into their personal and professional lives while maintaining an ethical practice. Presentations will be for CLE credit whenever possible. Workshops are presented in partnership with the Arizona State University Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience.

Following the articles I’ve written the last few years for the Professional Liability Defense Federation Quarterly magazine with tips on how to introduce well-being practices into your life as a person and lawyer (see above “little things” section), The Little Well-Being Blog is a place where you can come for ideas and inspiration for making small changes that can stick with you in the long run while adding a little joy to your daily routine. Additionally, on my Resources page I have a few articles and links to other attorney well-being organizations that you can consult for additional guidance.

Blog & resources

Little Well-Being Blog

My Offerings

Take a moment and feel your breath.

Inhale through your nose for four counts and exhale out your mouth for eight counts. When you feel stressed, come back to your breath. 

Mindful Moments

Mindfulness is not about “slowing down” – it’s about being engaged in the present moment. Here are common examples of how to practice mindfulness each day as a person and as a lawyer.

but you can learn to surf.”

"You can't stop the waves,

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn,
Founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction

To learn more about developing a mindfulness practice, read my article "Practicing Well: Notice It!"   

 Celebrating the “little things”

by other lawyers!

I wear fun socks each day, and now I'm known as the "fun sock lady" at my gym!
- Anne H. (Virginia)

I go to the gym before the sun is up and lately I have been walking there without my headphones in to enjoy the quiet peacefulness of the city before everyone wakes up. It’s sort of a meditative way to begin the day instead of constantly having pods/music/radio in my ear.
- Andrew C. (Pennsylvania)

Our firm has appointed me as “minister of culture” and my job is to always look to boost morale with work events, happy hours, fun sports pools and contests, and ensure we all take moments out of our days/weeks/months to enjoy our time together as co-workers and friends. - Tony C. (Virginia)

Be grateful for all you have to be grateful! - Kevin D. (Iowa)

I try to get outside for a walk every day, either with my dog or by myself! - Lori B. (Ohio)

I take mini-breaks throughout the day to play pieces I enjoy on my piano!
– Alice S. (Minnesota)

I always try to project positive energy to those around me regardless of the day I’m having. I’d rather project positivity than bring others down with negativity.
 - Bill O. (Illinois)


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