The Mental Health & Wellness Committee provides a vehicle for the CMBA to promote mental health and wellness among the members; educate lawyers and law firm administrators on the warning signs of mental illness; provide better understanding of treatment success rates to reduce the stigma associated with a diagnosis of mental illness; encourage attorneys experiencing symptoms of mental illness to seek early, appropriate treatment; disseminate information regarding the resources available to attorneys in need; and educate the bench and bar regarding the rights and needs of those with mental illness.

If you or a colleague you know need help, contact the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program (OLAP) at 1-800-348-4343. Your confidentiality, and the confidentiality of anyone about whom you express concerns will be protected. Click here to visit OLAP's website.


For more information about the Mental Health & Wellness Committee, please contact Kari Burns, Assistant Bar Counsel.

Wellness Wednesdays

After six months of planning, we are launching Wellness Wednesdays at the CMBA.

These programs — all of which will be offered for free and conducted in less than 60 minutes — will arm our members with practical information and tools that you can use to lower stress, enhance your practice and generally improve your satisfaction with your career.

To get our wellness revolution started, we are hosting “Intro to Wellness."  These sessions will provide an overview of: stress and the human brain; the benefits of mindfulness; the art of meditation; and techniques for practicing mindful meditation.

"It is a great lunch time break to learn something new and rejuvenate yourself. Normally I just sit and eat on my lunch, so this was a perfect way to get out and learn something." -Amy Cheatham Tye, 8th District Court of Appeals

Space is limited - be sure to register early to guarantee your place.  Click the event date to register.

August 23 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
12:05 p.m. – The Science of Stress - Steve Williger, Thompson Hine LLP
12:15 p.m. – The Benefits of Mindfulness – Dan Messeloff, Tucker Ellis LLP
12:25 p.m. – The Art of Meditation - Irene Rennillo, Stephanoff & Rennillo LLC
12:35 p.m. - The Guided Sit - Lori Wald, Intentional Lawyer
August 30 - 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., followed by Truly Happy Hour
5:05 p.m. – The Science of Stress – Dan Messeloff, Tucker Ellis LLP
5:15 p.m. – The Benefits of Mindfulness - Steve Williger, Thompson Hine LLP
5:25 p.m. - The Art of Meditation - Steve Williger, Thompson Hine LLP
5:35 p.m. - The Guided Sit - Steve Williger, Thompson Hine LLP
September 13 - 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., followed by Truly Happy Hour
5:05 p.m. – The Science of Stress - Irene Rennillo, Stephanoff & Rennillo LLC
5:15 p.m. – The Benefits of Mindfulness - Lori Wald, Intentional Lawyer
5:25 p.m. – The Art of Meditation Meditation – Dan Messeloff, Tucker Ellis LLP
5:35 p.m. - The Guided Sit - Irene Rennillo, Stephanoff & Rennillo LLC
September 20 - 12:00 p.m.
12:05 p.m. - The Science of Stress - Steve Williger, Thompson Hine LLP
12:15 p.m. – The Benefits of Mindfulness – Irene Rennillo, Stephanoff & Rennillo LLC
12:25 p.m. – The Art of Meditation - Lori Wald, Intentional Lawyer
12:35 p.m. - The Guided Sit - Dan Messeloff, Tucker Ellis LLP

Take your wellness to the next level with our Wellness Wednesday sessions, designed to work your mind, body and soul.  We feature a variety of presenters across a host of subjects.  Speakers for these informative, interactive and entertaining sessions will represent a variety of Cleveland organizations that are helping to advance the cause of wellness within our community.

Space is limited - be sure to register early to guarantee your place.  Click the event date to register.

September 27, 2017 - 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Barre, hosted by Barre Fly

October 4, 2017 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Strength training, hosted by Tremont Athletic Club

October 11, 2017
- 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Yoga, hosted by Yoga Strong

October 18, 2017 - 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Strength Training: Kettle Bell, hosted by Soza Fitness & Wellness

October 25, 2017 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Yoga & Self Care, hosted by Puma Yoga

November 1, 2017 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Meditation, hosted by Yoga Roots

November 8, 2017 - 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Free work out, hosted by the Downtown YMCA
Our Wellness Wednesday is moving across the street to the Galleria! The Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA will be providing a free pass to work out in their space. 
If you would like a free pass, please email Megan Sigler at msigler@clemetrobar.org. 

Save the date for our first De-Stress Fest on Friday, November 17.

Get the details on De-Stress Fest

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Leadership

K. James Sullivan
Chair
Calfee, Halter Griswold LLP