Women Lawyer’s Association Holds Work-Life Balance Panel Discussion

Work-Life Balance Panel Group

Pictured (left-right) Linda Kisabeth, Women Lawyer’s Association co-adviser; Erika Breitfeld, WMU-Cooley Law School professor; Danielle Stone, Women Lawyer’s Association member; Monica Nuckolls, WMU-Cooley Law School professor; Hon. Julie Nicholson, 52-3 District Court; April McKie, recent WMU-Cooley graduate; Michelle Easter, Easter Law PLLC; and Women Lawyer’s Association members Janae Stack, Chanavia Smith, and Shari Lesnick.

On October 17, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Women Lawyer’s Association held a panel discussion titled “Love Your Job, Live Your Life.” The group of legal panelists discussed how they manage successful careers, find meaningful time with their families, remain active in social activities, and succeed in practicing law, while maintaining a happy healthy outlook on life.

The panel included Honorable Julie A. Nicholson, Oakland County District Court judge; April McKie, WMU-Cooley Law School graduate; Erin Bonahoom, Canvas Legal PLC founder; Michelle Easter, Easter Law PLC founder; and WMU-Cooley Law School professors Erika Breitfeld and Monica Nuckolls.

"Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage and push you to keep moving forward to reach your goals,” said Easter. “They will provide the supporting block you need when you feel like you're failing. Those cheerleaders will help you succeed.”

The program was sponsored by the WMU-Cooley Law School-Auburn Hills chapter of the Women Lawyer’s Association as well as WMU-Cooley Law School’s Career and Professional Development Department.

"It was very inspiring for our students to learn from a diverse group of panelists that perceived impediments to a well-balanced life can be overcome despite the demands we all face in the legal profession,” said Joan Verstrand, WMU-Cooley Law School associate dean.

Work-Life Balance Panel

Panelists speak about work life balance during a discussion hosted WMU-Cooley Law School-Auburn Hills chapter of the Women Lawyer’s Association and the law school’s Career and Professional Development Department. Pictured (left-right) April McKie, Michelle Easter, Erick Breitfeld, Hon. Julie Nicholson, and Monica Nuckolls.

 


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