TMS Event Details

Event Title: The Best Lawyer You Can Be

Event Type: MCLE Reception and Program on Attorney Wellness


Palio D’Asti

640 Sacramento St, San Francisco

Presenter: Stewart Levine

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time: Reception/Hors d'oeuvres 5:30 to 6:30pm
Program 6:30 to 8pm


You must sign in at the venue in order to receive MCLE credit.  This event will qualify for 1 hour of MCLE Credit, including 1 hour under sub-credit Competence Issues (Substance Abuse/Mental Health).



The Best Lawyer You Can Be presented by Stewart Levine

My hope is that those who read Stewart’s collection will be the driving force for change in the legal profession that will make a difference in the depth of fulfillment, happiness, and wellness achieved by lawyers and judges for decades to come.


  -Judith Perry-Martinez, American Bar Association President-elect Nominee, Chair of the ABA Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services


Individual lawyers are under siege in a profession with a high incidence of stress, divorce, substance abuse, and suicide. In this program you can find tools and information that enable you to have both a successful career and a happy, satisfied life. These tools will teach you how to harness the transformative power of being more relational and less transactional. The earmark of happy lawyers is the development of emotional intelligence, resilience, and mindfulness practice. The program will share what is essential to thrive in the competitive environment of lawyering. The material is sourced from recognized experts who provide step-by-step behavioral guidance of what you need to do such as:

  • Develop some kind of self-reflective mindfulness practice
  • Take care of the physical body with an exercise regimen
  • Develop emotional intelligence to manage yourself and engagements with others
  • Become more relational. The great German writer and philosopher Martin Buber wrote a seminal book called “I/Thou” in which he distinguished object from subject relationships. Develop subject relationships where you know and honor others as individuals not objects.

“The Best Lawyer You Can Be” has many detailed prescriptions for accomplishing the above. Don’t wait…start today and become “The Best Lawyer” you can be.


Stewart Levine is the founder of ResolutionWorks, a consulting and training organization dedicated to providing skills and ways of thinking needed to build strong organizational cultures. He spent ten years practicing law before becoming an award-winning marketing executive serving the legal profession at AT&T where he was recognized as a pioneer “intrapreneur.”  He uses his approach to form teams and joint ventures in a variety of situations.  Stewart has worked with large and small law firms, legal departments and government agencies across the country.

Stewart served on the Council of the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Division where he was Chair of the Education Board 2000-2003. He was a founding editorial member of the ABA Law Practice Management Ezine where he wrote a monthly column, “Management By Agreement” from 2003-2008. He was featured in an article about “Trend Setters” in the Legal Profession in Law Practice Magazine. He has served on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee since 2003 and was appointed to the Publications Board in 2015 and the Lawyer Wellness and Leadership and Management Committees in 2016.

Stewart is currently curating and editing a book about wellbeing for attorney’s. It will be published by the American Bar Association early 2018.  The book will be called “THE BEST LAWYER YOU CAN BE: A Lawyers Guide to Wellness – Staying Physically, Mentally, Emotionally and Spiritually Healthy.”

His book “Getting to Resolution: Turning Conflict into Collaboration” (Berrett-Koehler 1998) was called “a must read” by Law Practice Management Magazine. It was an Executive Book Club Selection; Featured by Executive Book Summaries; named one of the 30 Best Business Books of1998; endorsed by Dr. Stephen Covey, author of “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and featured in “The Futurist” magazine. It was a finalist for the 2009 Center for Public Resources book of the year. “The Book of Agreement” (Berrett-Koehler 2003) has been called more practical than the classic “Getting to Yes, ” and named among the best books of 2003 by CEO Refresher.  He co-authored “Collaboration 2.0” (HappyAbout 2008.) He is a frequent contributor to Legal Publications.

Stewart is an Honors graduate of Rutgers Law School where he was the Student Writing Editor of the Law Review. He served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey and was a Law and Humanities Fellow at Temple Law School where he was a law teacher.

     In October 2010 Stewart was inducted into the College of Law Practice Management. He was an adjunct member of the faculty at the University of California Berkeley Law School.