KALAP has gathered a list of quick resources for Kansas bar exam takers to relieve stress and anxiety as they prepare to take the exam next week on Tuesday, July 28. Below find activities and exercises including everything from meditation to learning the benefits of power posing.
KALAP Executive Director, Danielle Hall, recently sat down with 4 Kansas bar exam takers to discuss well-being, COVID-19, and taking the bar exam during a pandemic.
The International Bar Association (IBA) has embarked on a global project aimed at addressing the mental wellbeing of legal professionals as COVID-19 exacerbates tensions in professional and personal lives. The key initial phase of the project consists of two global surveys – one for individual lawyers, the other for law firms and other legal institutions, including bar associations, law societies and in-house legal departments. Available in both English and Spanish, the surveys are anonymous and take approximately ten minutes to complete.
The data gathered from the completed surveys will provide insight into:
- the pressing mental health concerns of legal professionals;
- the support they can expect to receive from their workplaces;
- how the wellbeing of lawyers and other stakeholders in the legal profession are affected by their work and working environments;
- identifying problems that each might have faced in getting the help they needed; and
- what law firms, bars and law societies should be doing to support those in distress.
Data gathered from the surveys will be discussed in detail by the IBA’s Wellbeing Taskforce in a showcase session at the IBA 2020 – Virtually Together Conference in November.
On April 8, 2020, the Kansas Supreme Court issued several Administrative Orders extending the due date for annual fees, modify continuing legal education attendance and reporting deadlines, and temporarily waiving the limitation on prerecorded programming through September 30, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Each year, Kansas licensed attorneys are required to attend 12 hours of CLE, including 2 hours of ethics. For the 2019-20 CLE compliance year, the deadline for attendance remains June 30, but for those who cannot meet that requirement, there is an automatic extension without penalty through September 30. Additionally, for the 2019-20 reporting year, per the Administrative Order, you can complete all 12 of your hours via pre-recorded, “on demand” programs. These programs must still be accredited and approved in Kansas for CLE credit. Please note, on-demand programs differ from live webinar programs. Per the Kansas CLE rules, Kansas attorneys could and can still get all 12 hours via live webinar programs approved in Kansas.
In order to assist with ensuring Kansas lawyers meet their CLE requirements, KALAP will be hosting a series of webinars throughout August and September. Please check the Events page on our website. To find other approved and accredited CLE programs in Kansas, visit the Kansas CLE Commission website.