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  Tips to Beat Holiday Stress

With November comes the sprint into the holiday season that often brings a lot of stress along with it.  Below are some tips on ways that you can manage your stress levels this holiday season.

1. Get outside or sit in the sunlight as much as possible.

2. Listen to music while you get your work and errands done.

3. Take a walk every day.

4. Say “no” more often and be picky about your volunteer work. Delegate tasks!

5. If you have lost someone, start new traditions this year.

6. Have your holiday get together at a restaurant instead of at home.

7. Eat breakfast before your coffee, include honey in a snack and try a spicy dinner.


LAC can help an attorney get assistance for issues including depression, alcohol and drug abuse, stress and burnout, practice closure, and other types of counseling.  Please contact the LAC chairs or any member with concerns


LAC Accepting Applications for New Members
We are always looking to develop the diversity of the LAC and encourage new members to apply.

If you are interested in the LAC, please email Karen or Bill for more information.

Thank you for reading!


     If you often find yourself feeling angry and upset for long periods of time, please look into these and other resources.  The LAC is a resource for you so please let us know if you need help with this, or any other issue affecting your wellbeing or your practice.

American Psychological Association,

Mind Tools


Our Mission Statement is as follows:  
     The BAMC Lawyer Assistance Committee is comprised of members of our association whose sole purpose is to help our colleagues.  We are a resource put in place to help lawyers, including those whose practices may be adversely affected, to better cope with such problems as depression, substance abuse, personal problems, stress, burnout, etc. 
     All referrals to the Committee are strictly confidential and may be anonymous.  This confidentiality is statutory.  (See, Bus. & Occup. Art. § 10-502).  The Maryland Lawyers Rules of Professional Conduct exempt from reporting requirements information received in the course of participation in our assistance program.  (See, Rule 8.3 (c) ).  Referrals to our committee come from Judges, members of the Bar, family and friends.  We respond whenever the need for assistance presents itself. 
     Our committee has resources, professional and otherwise, that can help colleagues who find themselves in crisis.  We strive to assist so as to minimize any negative effect on lawyers and their practices.


Karen H. Alegi
William E. Hewitt, Jr.


Committee Meetings

November 9, 2016
December 14, 2016*
January 11, 2017
February 8, 2017
March 8, 2017
April 12, 2017
May 10, 2017
June 14, 2017
*to be held at the offices of
     Coggins, Harman & Hewitt

Meetings will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the upstairs conference room of the Bar Association building, located at 27 West Jefferson St., Rockville, MD, unless otherwise noted.