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The holiday season is now in full swing, and while it is, arguably, the best time of year, for non-retail businesses, working professionals, and law students, it is also one of the most challenging. This is due to the fact that along with all the celebrations and festiveness, and individuals taking vacations, productivity (for some easily explainable reason) seems to go right out the window. This seasonal phenomenon is often referred to as 'holiday-it is.'

Generally, this phenomenon is characterized by individuals sloughing off work, being disorganized, or working in a "countdown mode" of sorts. Everyone's basically just trying to get to and through the end of the year, mostly by coasting and enjoying the parties and lax holiday attitudes. Below, you can learn to get through it in two simple steps.

It's a tale as old as lawyering. Lawyer has a drug problem. Lawyer goes to court. Lawyer starts jonesing for their drug of choice. Lawyer sneaks off to bathroom to snort drugs off their cell phone in a toilet stall. Someone overhears the suspicious noises and reports it to court security. Lawyer gets arrested while in court for doing drugs in the courthouse bathroom.

Sadly, for one law student intern in Macon, Georgia, she is living this unfortunate tale before even becoming a lawyer. At a court hearing, before 10:00 am, a bailiff was notified that she had allegedly snorted oxycodone off her cell phone while in the courthouse bathroom, then she walked into the courtroom to assist the attorney for which she was interning. The bailiff then notified the sheriff who made the arrest.

There's no doubt that while working as an associate, grinding out billable hours better than any robot ever could, attorneys are going to need some stress relief. However, relying on alcohol as the primary method of stress relief can lead to serious health consequences.

Many law firms host weekly happy hours, or may even have a fully stocked bar onsite. Some real life lawyers even have those fancy crystal glass liquor decanter sets you see in TV lawyers' offices. But will just working at a law firm lead to alcoholism?

Being an attorney can be stressful. It requires skills in time management, people management, business administration, bookkeeping -- not to mention meeting strict filing deadlines while upholding ethical standards and exercising due diligence on behalf of clients. The stress of practice can often wear on a practitioner's mental health.

Mental health is really important. An attorney that isn't taking care of their health, either physical or mental, is doing their clients a disservice. A person doesn't need to have a diagnosable mental health condition in order to be cognizant of, and take actions to maintain and protect, their own mental health. For attorneys, failing to do so can have real consequences for both you and your clients.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court came to bat for one of their own last week, finally quashing a class action matter against a former probate judge. Judge Robert M. A. Nadeau was being sued in his capacity as a former York County Probate Judge by a litigant whose case was delayed when the jurist decided to change around the court calendar and his schedule.

What makes this case all the more noteworthy, though, is that the judge had requested additional hours and pay, and was denied the hours, but granted the pay increase. It was found that he changed his schedule around almost immediately after that meeting where he got a raise. It was alleged the change was in retaliation for the denial of the additional hours.

New Book on RBG's Workout -- With Illustrations

When the U.S. Supreme Court begins its next session in October, the first question from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to her colleagues could be: "Did you read my new book?"

"The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong ... And You Can Too!" hits the bookstores Oct. 3. The 84-year-old justice did not write the book, but she is the star. Her trainer put it together with her permission, of course.

"A very important part of my life is my personal trainer," Ginsburg said.

3 Major Decisions That Will Determine Your Future Legal Career

When you look at a map, you may see a few ways to get to your destination.

If you use a GPS device, it will usually show you the fastest route. Most people, especially in a hustling e-speed society, take the fastest way because they can't wait to get there.

But in the immortal words of Robert Frost, taking the road less traveled can make all the difference. It is a truism for poets and lawyers, too.

Here are three major decisions you will have to make at the crossroads of your future legal career:

Jury to Decide Whether Antidepressant Led to Lawyer's Suicide

Stewart Dolin, a senior attorney at a large law firm, stood at the train station and contemplated his life. Then he jumped in front of the train.

His story of suicide, apparently induced by depression and being demoted at work, haunts many lawyers. Studies say that an alarming number of attorneys -- 28 percent -- are depressed. The legal industry ranks 11th in suicide rates by profession.

So what made Dolin take that last, irreversible step in his battle with depression? That's the question in a trial pending in a Chicago courtroom.

Think that being a litigator means you have to be a stressed-out, ulcer-ridden, hard-ass shark? Think again. You can certainly follow that stereotype, or you can have success as a litigator while still keeping it Zen.

Don't believe us? Just check out this trial lawyer who operates a yoga studio alongside his practice.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns 84 next Wednesday. But if you're worried about her health, don't be.

The Notorious RBG isn't just eating her kale -- and urging her colleagues to as well -- she's killing it at the gym. And this feminist octogenarian's regime might be too tough for you.