January: New Year, Better You?

Consider taking on a new challenge this year.  Richardine Singleton-Brown took on the challenge of Martial Arts to balance work and life.

Ms. Richardine Singleton-Brown of The Singleton-Brown Law Firm, LLC

Ms. Richardine Singleton-Brown of The Singleton-Brown Law Firm, LLC

I am a work in progress physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Balancing my life is a challenge and I have had to consciously find ways to maintain my emotional, mental and physical health.  I manage my law practice full time and also serve as a part-time Magistrate Judge in Charleston, S.C.  The practice of Martial Arts has been an outlet for me for a few years now.  I am currently a Green Belt in Rydo Karate and one day I hope to earn my Black Belt.

The work that lawyers do is so very important and necessary for the good of the people. We are accustomed to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders and must use our own psyche to counsel ourselves and strategize on cases due to the privilege and confidentiality required in our profession.  We can’t just talk to our friends or spouses about our work day any more. We are forced to carefully manage our own thoughts and what we say in all aspects of our lives.

Additionally, not only do we need to take care of ourselves mentally and emotionally, we need to do so physically.  Karate allows me to do all three. I am exhausted when I get home from work but I know that after sitting all day, I need to get in some exercise. For an hour in Karate, I run, punch, twist, kick, strike, all while completing a series of moves, known as Katas, to fight imaginary opponents.  We also spar with each other as well.  Trained by my Senpai, Theraun Mixson, I use the hour to burn every calorie (close to 1,000) to which I am able, in order that I may, give my all that is left after a long day to my husband and to our fur baby boys, J.D. and Justice, when I return home. Moreover, that hour, subsequently allows me to take care of the needs of my clients or citizens coming into the courthouse. The added benefit is that I learn a valuable skill to protect myself as well. I recommend martial arts to any lawyer or anyone in need of a complete workout. The benefits are priceless.

December: Managing the Holiday Season

Quick tips from the around SC Bar on how to manage your time, budget, and stress during the holiday season

If you need to get some groceries & want to save $ also, try shopping w aldi. #healthyonabudget #livingabovethebar    
  
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  Tiffany Gibson

If you need to get some groceries & want to save $ also, try shopping w aldi. #healthyonabudget #livingabovethebar

Tiffany Gibson

@SCBAR @SCBarYLD #livingabovethebar Staying organized while playing with colorful washi tape.    
  
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  Claire Hall

@SCBAR @SCBarYLD #livingabovethebar Staying organized while playing with colorful washi tape.

Claire Hall

Even if you only have time to grab a protein bar before work, get something in your belly! And coffee for stress management :) #livingabovethebar#runninglate @scbaryld    
  
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  Martina Palatto Love

Even if you only have time to grab a protein bar before work, get something in your belly! And coffee for stress management :) #livingabovethebar#runninglate @scbaryld

Martina Palatto Love

November: Jump Start the Holiday Season

As you gear up for the holidays, find time to relax and build your strength and flexibility

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Above: Meagan Gentry of Gentry Law Firm

Aerial silks has become my favorite way to keep my body strong, balanced, and flexible. It requires so much skill in so many different areas of the body and makes you unafraid to test your limits.  I use aerial trapeze to build strength and flexibility. Staying healthy and working out is a lot more fun when you feel like you are at the circus.  Aerial silks may look fun and easy, but it is one of the hardest work outs I've ever done.  It requires the use of every muscle in your body simultaneously.  It's a great way to stay healthy and use muscles you may have never used before and definitely don't get the chance to work on very often.  When they say #livingabovethebar for health did they mean 20 feet above the bar?? Nothing like climbing your way up a silk to increase arm, shoulder, and leg strength!

Martino Palatto Love of U.S. District Court, District of SC

Martino Palatto Love of U.S. District Court, District of SC

THIS is why everyone needs to come try out yoga at Shine and Shout. The top picture was my "downward dog" until @verorobertson helped teach me. The bottom is with her instruction. #livingabovethebar #beteachable

Related Article: 25 Ways to Fight Holiday Stress - Health

October: Fall into Fall

As we gear up to fall weather and festivities, let’s take a look back over summer 2017 at the South Carolina Bar.

Attorneys with Gallivan White and Boyd celebrated their championship team in the Columba Attorney Basketball League. The team consists of: AJ Holloway, Lindsay Crawford, Chandler Martin, Marshall Crane, John Paul Simkovich, Richard Bouknight, Brian Cohl, and Chris Hawkins . 

Attorneys with Gallivan White and Boyd celebrated their championship team in the Columba Attorney Basketball League. The team consists of: AJ Holloway, Lindsay Crawford, Chandler Martin, Marshall Crane, John Paul Simkovich, Richard Bouknight, Brian Cohl, and Chris Hawkins

SC Bar member Brandon Gottschall (Sweeny Wingate & Barrow) stayed fit in a SC Bar shirt!

SC Bar member Brandon Gottschall (Sweeny Wingate & Barrow) stayed fit in a SC Bar shirt!

August 2017- A coalition of groups, including the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, released a comprehensive report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, aimed at addressing the problem of substance use and mental health disorders of lawyers.  The report includes several references to the SC Bar’s wellness initiatives. 

Click Here to Read the Report

April: Get Moving This Spring

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Rogers Townsend & Thomas attorneys Trey Turner and Roy Shelley helped organize the Palmetto TRAC Club, an umbrella support group for Triathletes, Runners, and Cyclists ("TRAC") in South Carolina, to provide a forum for sharing information on running groups, places to workout in the area, training groups, and other items of interest, with a goal of increasing health and fitness for everyone.

Visit our website at: www.palmettotracclub.org

Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/154004568333405/?ref=bookmarks

We will be holding periodic socials to network and share information. Our first social was held August 2d and Dr. Rick McCain, an orthopedist, gave us information in diagnosing, treating, and preventing common running, cycling, and swimming injuries. Two photos of that event are attached. 

Stephanie Nye, USC Law Director of Externships, and 3L students Robbin Wilder and Demetrius Pyburn

Stephanie Nye, USC Law Director of Externships, and 3L students Robbin Wilder and Demetrius Pyburn

This year, USC’s law school included an optional morning “wellness hour” as part of New Student Orientation, to let our newest law students know that it’s important to stay healthy and balanced as they start on what we all know is a demanding academic experience.  Here, SC Bar Wellness Committee member Stephanie Nye, USC Law Director of Externships, and 3L students Robbin Wilder and Demetrius Pyburn prepare to lead 1Ls on a downtown Columbia run.  Other wellness options included a State House Power Walk with Bob Bockman, guided meditation led by Kerry Egan, an orientation to “The Strom” with Alex Ruskell, USC Law Director of Academic Success, and yoga with Tina Cundari.

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It was taken after a 5mi run, very early in the morning. I am training for the Ray Tanner 12k and the Star Wars: Dark Side half marathon at Disney.

March: Avoiding “March Madness”

Considering going horseback riding

Jillian S. Barton of Robertson Hollingsworth Manos & Rahn, LLC    We enjoyed horses, fresh air, and trail rides on Johns Island: the perfect escape from traffic, stress, work and busy life. #livingabovethebar

Jillian S. Barton of Robertson Hollingsworth Manos & Rahn, LLC
We enjoyed horses, fresh air, and trail rides on Johns Island: the perfect escape from traffic, stress, work and busy life. #livingabovethebar

Marissa Fish of George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers   Riding Acorino, my trainer's Holsteiner stallion. I keep fit and healthy by riding horses. I've been riding for over 20 years. I compete in the stadium jumpers and also train in lower level dressage.

Marissa Fish of George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers
Riding Acorino, my trainer's Holsteiner stallion. I keep fit and healthy by riding horses. I've been riding for over 20 years. I compete in the stadium jumpers and also train in lower level dressage.

Stefanie Anderson of South Carolina Court of Appeals    Fun birthday activity--trail ride with Clay Ivy near Phoenix, Arizona. Three hours in the Arizona sun may have been a little long, but we had a great time!

Stefanie Anderson of South Carolina Court of Appeals
Fun birthday activity--trail ride with Clay Ivy near Phoenix, Arizona. Three hours in the Arizona sun may have been a little long, but we had a great time!

February: Get Fit February

Stacy Thompson of Bluestein Nichols Thompson & Delgado, LLC   Stacy Thompson and her mom took on the Ultimate Hike in 2016, finishing 28.3 miles on the Foothills Trail in one day while raising money for children's cancer research. This mental and physical challenge for a great cause also became the 'Mother of all Bonding Experiences' for the Thompson duo!

Stacy Thompson of Bluestein Nichols Thompson & Delgado, LLC 
Stacy Thompson and her mom took on the Ultimate Hike in 2016, finishing 28.3 miles on the Foothills Trail in one day while raising money for children's cancer research. This mental and physical challenge for a great cause also became the 'Mother of all Bonding Experiences' for the Thompson duo!

Lyndey Zwing of Adams and Reese LLP   12 mile Spartan Super mud run in Asheville complete with 27 obstacles. #fitlife #livingabovethebar @scbaryld

Lyndey Zwing of Adams and Reese LLP 
12 mile Spartan Super mud run in Asheville complete with 27 obstacles. #fitlife #livingabovethebar @scbaryld

Meagan Gentry of Gentry Law Firm   Aerial hoop is a physical exercise that requires both strength and balance. I find both are important to not only keep my body in shape, but my mind as well. Learning balance keeps you focused. Building strength keeps you busy....

Meagan Gentry of Gentry Law Firm 
Aerial hoop is a physical exercise that requires both strength and balance. I find both are important to not only keep my body in shape, but my mind as well. Learning balance keeps you focused. Building strength keeps you busy....

Ashleigh Wilson of Bowman & Brooke, LLP   Early morning stress relief at Fit Columbia in Five Points.

Ashleigh Wilson of Bowman & Brooke, LLP 
Early morning stress relief at Fit Columbia in Five Points.

January: Happy New Year! Healthy Ways to Renew and Restart

Ideas from Stefan Feidler of Anastopoulo Law Firm, LLC

Roughly 6 months ago (2/22/2016) I began my jiujitsu journey. Without knowing a soul, I walked into a jiujitsu gym, got on the mat, and within 2 minutes I was completely humbled. Jiujitsu has completely changed every aspect of my life. It has taught me to be patient, kind, to work hard, but most of all - it has taught me to be humble. This has directly translated to my personal and professional life. 

The video I have attached was from NAGA tournament in Myrtle Beach. This tournament was particularly important to me because: A) I'm from Myrtle Beach; B) I started jiujitsu in MB and my original coach and team would be there competing; and C) my new jiujitsu team (and family now) from Charleston was with me. I put a lot of pressure on myself. Out of 4 tournaments, I walked home with 7 golds and 1 silver. The attached video is the match I lost. It was also the best match of my life. The guy was covered in tattoos, very intimidating, But, I try and not judge a book by its cover. He beat me by a technicality. Technically, won the match, but out of respect for jiujitsu, my opponent, and my team - I did not complain or make a fuss. After the match, my opened commended me on my heart and said that he could not compete anymore after our match. I congratulated him, told him to keep going, and I hope to see him at the next match. He ended packing his bag, leaving, then coming back, I actually beat him our second match.  Come to find out, he was a recovering alcoholic. He's been sober since he found jiujitsu roughly 1.5 years ago. I told him that was more important that any medal. We are friends to this day. We speak all the time and I plan on teaching him how to surf. Point of the story: 1) failures worth more than winning; 2) never judge a book by its cover; and 3) exercise - whether via jiujitsu - surfing - and etc. can truly save your life.

Ideas from Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC

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#chs #sc support staff renewal: office yoga with instructor Jeanne Anne!  @SCBAR #livingabovethebar

December: Staying Stress-Free During the Holiday Season

Book Review: The Anxious Lawyer, An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Through Mindfulness and Meditation
By Jeena Cho & Karen Gifford

I am sure that many reading this could imagine he Anxious Lawyer being the title of a novel loosely based on their own life story. As Cho, Gifford and others have pointed out, anxiety seems to come part and parcel with the law degree. Many of us feel anxiety is necessary in order to keep our clients and ourselves from falling into legal and professional traps. But surely we can also recognize that there are times when failing to let go of our anxiety has caused the very problems we are so anxious to avoid.

Cho and Gifford, both attorneys who have spent years on the front lines of the legal profession, offer a solution to combat, or at least cope, with the pressures and stress that all of us who have chosen a career in the law face, day after day, year after year. Their new book, he Anxious Lawyer, is an easy-to-read introductory guide into mindfulness training, specifically geared to those in our profession. The book opens with an introduction containing a litany of the harrowing statistics on attorney substance abuse and mental health issues that we are all somewhat familiar with, even if we are in denial about ourselves.

Click here to continue reading.

Book Review by M. Allison Moon, Esq., of Moon Law Firm in Greenville, South Carolina.  Author, Jeena Cho, will be a presenter during the Wellness Committee activities at SC Bar Convention in January 2017.