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Law Firm 'Emotional Training': New Age Music, Yoga, Scented Candles?

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By Jonathan R. Tung, Esq. on May 09, 2016 3:57 PM

Are you tired of your BigLaw boss's spittle flying across the room and hitting you in the face? Are getting tired of the tension at the office that's so thick you can practically cut it with a knife? Are you in desperate need of a break from the stresses of the large law firm experience?

Well, you're in luck -- that is, if you can get into Kirkland & Ellis. The well-known corporate BigLaw firm is test driving a kinder-and-gentler approach to on-the-job training for its lawyers. How will it go? We're all dying to find out.

Boldly Going Where BigLaw Has Never Gone

BigLaw is soft and great ... if you're partner.

But if Kirkland & Ellis's new "emotional fitness" training becomes a thing, you might start hearing easy new-age harmonies flowing through the halls and catching your usually bloodthirsty competing associate attorneys in a downward-dog yoga position. The problem began in the law firm's Chicago office and is intended to be a stress relieving exercise that also doubles as a way to develop emotional coping skills. If this is starting not to sound like BigLaw, you're not the only one who had that feeling.

"Wow, This Is So Not Kirkland."

Linda Myers, one of Kirkland's partners oversaw the project at the behest of the company's chairman. The reaction from other top brass was not surprising: "Wow, this is so not Kirkland."

But so far, results and reactions are good. The story goes that lawyers within the firm got turned on to Eric Langshur's "wellness" message of hope and reduced stress and had it unleashed into the firm. If you care to know more, mosey on over to LifeXT.

What About Your Firm?

If you're a solo, the more intimate experience between staff and or other attorneys with whom you suite-share can help facilitate outdoor goings-out. Our take is that the Langshur program is still a little too new to full convince us. All attorneys need to find a good way to de-stress, but we feel that for the dignity of the profession, we have to draw the line at new age music.

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