The CBA Hosts Lawyer Well-Being Week 2021

Written Monday, May 10, 2021

During the week of May 3, the CBA Lawyer Well-Being Committee hosted a series of free events for CBA members to celebrate Lawyer Well-Being Week. Prior to the official start of the week’s events, a preliminary hike at Sleeping Giant State Park was hosted by the CBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS) on May 1. Seven members of the YLS gathered on that Saturday morning to hike the park’s Hezekiah Knob and Chestnut Grove Trail, enjoying some exercise and views of nature.

On Monday, May 3, the first of five weekday presentations were held. Lawyer Well-Being Committee Co-Chair Dr. Traci Cipriano spoke about the multidimensional aspects of well-being and their significance regarding physical and psychological health and healthy work environments. YLS Chair Cindy M. Cieslak addressed the emotional and relational risks of working in the field of law as well as the importance of self-care in maintaining a practice and the ability to provide competent legal representation.

Each day over the course of the rest of the week, various specialists hosted additional events related to wellness. On Tuesday, yoga instructor Siena Loprinzi led participants through an hour-long introductory yoga class. For Wednesday’s presentation, registered dietitian and New York University professor, Sara Soyeju, spoke about the impact that mindset has on the nutritional choices we make and provided guidance on how to initiate healthy behavioral changes towards better nutrition and self-care. Thursday’s event was hosted by psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher, Anne Dutton, who led participants through an experiential mindfulness practice, which was followed by an explanation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and its benefits.

Lawyer Well-Being Week concluded on Friday, May 7 with a presentation on why mindset matters, hosted by Lawyer Well-Being Committee Co-Chair Tanyee Cheung and Attorney Sara K. Bonaiuto. They discussed the scientific evidence supporting the concept that shifting one’s mindset can lead to a healthier lifestyle and how to avoid thinking traps that can sabotage mental health and productivity. We thank everyone who participated in these events and helped to make this year’s Lawyer Well-Being Week a success.


Well-Being Week Yoga with Siena 7   Well-Being Week Traci Cipriano Presentation

Yoga instructor Siena Loprinzi leads an introductory yoga class.
Dr. Traci Cipriano speaks about the multidimensional aspects of well-being.