Session details

IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C4.3, Convention Centre, Level 4

Session information

Resilience under pressure: thriving or surviving in the legal profession?
Room C4.3, Convention Centre, Level 4


Academic and Professional Development Committee (Lead)


Resilience refers to one’s abilities to survive adversities and thrive in life. The evidence indicates a higher rate of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and heart disease among lawyers than among the population as a whole. The attrition rate in law firms is high. Gender balance at the higher levels of the profession is not easily achieved. Resilience is recognised as a vital coping skill for not just surviving, but also thriving in the legal workplace with all its demands and challenges. In this session, we will explore how resilience might be developed and encouraged in individuals, in law firms and in the way educational and training programmes are structured and delivered. Given all the challenges around adapting to NewLaw, technology, new client demands, commoditisation and work/life balance, how can we make sure that, through training and education, both the experienced lawyer and new lawyer become more resilient and able to thrive in a dramatically changing profession? Can resilience be taught or is the answer ‘simply’ changing the culture and better management?

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Ulrikke Krogbeck Association of Danish Law Firms, Copenhagen, Denmark
Lewis Patrick LL.M. The College of Law, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Co-Vice Chair , Academic and Professional Development Committee


Jennifer Bishop Aird & Berlis, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Secretary, Women Lawyers' Committee
Mark Hsu Hawkins Parnell & Young, New York, New York, USA; Communications Officer, Young Lawyers' Committee
Murray Paterson
Helen Stallman University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia