By: R. Travis Santos
What is the quality of life of a young lawyer? Most young lawyers, whether fresh out of law school or making the jump from “young” lawyer to more seasoned lawyer, would respond to this question with one of the following descriptors: stressful, unbalanced, demanding, taxing – you could insert many synonyms and other adjectives. Given the difficult nature of our profession, the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (along with many of its affiliates) has taken the initiative to promote and encourage a healthier, more balanced life for attorneys throughout the State.
Annually, the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division recognizes an affiliate or person who epitomizes and exemplifies Quality of Life, which is defined as finding equilibrium between work and family and community involvement to maximize good health and minimize stress in one’s career, through its presentation of The Michael K. Reese Quality of Life Award. This award highlights the efforts of an affiliate or person advancing a balance and fulfillment in lawyers’ lives by redefining current work habits and schedules to provide more flexibility and a more meaningful existence.
The 2015 recipient of The Michael K. Reese Quality of Life Award is the Jacksonville Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Sports League. This sports league provides lawyers, clerks, judges, and support staff an opportunity to compete against each other in basketball, golf, softball, and kickball, among other sports, throughout the year, while building friendships, camaraderie, and professional relationships outside of the office. More importantly though, the sports league also gives young lawyers a healthy outlet to relieve the stresses frequently experienced in this demanding profession. The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division appreciates the JBA/YLS’s commitment to encouraging a “Quality of Life” for all attorneys.