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Johanna Schiavoni
Lawyers Club President 2013-2014

10 Things I Would Tell My Younger Lawyer Self

Johanna Schiavoni Lawyers Club President 2013-2014     Recently, I have been reflecting on choices, skills and strategies that have been helpful to me along the way. Here I share several that have risen to the top. I’d also love to hear your feedback about lessons you would share with your younger self or a young attorney.

1. Develop your resilience. Resilience is “the ability to bounce back, grow, and thrive through stress, challenge, and adversity.” ( Resilience is a trait shown by great companies and great leaders. ( Yet, attorneys consistently score quite low on this trait. Research by a leading psychologist shows that the general public scores in the 50th percentile of resilience, but that 90% of attorneys fall below that, with an average score in the bottom third. ( There are conscious ways to increase one’s resilience, however. Among the strategies experts recommend are developing flexible and accurate thinking, regulating your thinking and emotional responses, being self-aware, developing strong social connections, acting with meaning and purpose, and developing an optimistic mindset. Several of these strategies have made a difference for me. If you’d like to learn more, here’s an excellent source article focused on increasing resilience in lawyers. (

2. “Watch for what you like” in other people. I learned this helpful tool from communications experts, Allegory Inc. ( It applies when speaking to just one person, a larger audience, and even in court. Watching for what you like in others literally changes your physiological response to them – your body relaxes and the positivity crowds out negative thoughts. This is particularly helpful when going into conflict. I am not suggesting taking an artificially rosy view of difficult situations, but feeling empathy and positivity, rather than focusing on negativity, tension or nervousness. Try it. See what you think



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