Professional life in the field of law is a lifestyle that interweaves a multifaceted connection between personal, professional, and administrative responsibilities. No day is predictable, and many days are more stressful than anticipated. This complex relationship can challenge attorneys, both emerging and veteran, to separate professional and administrative needs from their personal well-being. In managing numerous roles ranging from counselor, advocate, colleague, partner, decision-maker, visionary, and colleague, and handling the human elements of a sometimes highly impersonable job, it is imperative that legal professionals consider their own role in promoting well-being for those they counsel, as well as for themselves. In this interactive workshop session, participants will be introduced to multiple definitions of well-being, learn the connection between professional practices and well-being within the profession of law, and explore strategies to promote well-being within a professional legal setting for both themselves and for those they lead. By the end of this session, participants will leave with a personalized well-being action plan to take back to the workplace.
Lawyers and Students
Creighton University Graduate School
Creighton University Office of Continuing Education
Gretchen Oltman, J.D., Ph.D.
Gretchen Oltman is an author, attorney, and educator. She works as an associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at Creighton University where she leads a program for graduate students pursuing degrees in leadership. Prior to this she was a high school English teacher. She holds a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law, a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Louisville, and a bachelor’s degree in English. She is licensed to practice law in Nebraska and to work as a teacher and administrator for grades 7-12. She is the author or co-author of Violence in Student Writing: A School Administrator’s Guide, Law Meets Literature: A Novel Approach to the English Classroom, The Supreme 15: Cases and Study Materials for the AP Government and Politics Exam, The Themes that Bind Us: Simplifying U.S. Supreme Court Cases for the Social Studies Classroom, and Prepare to Chair: Leading the Dissertation and Thesis Process. She regularly presents for ASCD, the Education Law Association, and the National Council for Teachers of English.
Vicki Bautista, Ed.D.
Vicki Bautista is an Assistant Professor at Creighton University in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. She serves as the Assistant Program Director for the Master of Science in Integrative Health and Wellness. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-El Paso in Health Science with a minor in Community Health and her master’s degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha in Health Education. She earned her Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership at Creighton University focusing on department chairs and well-being. Prior to working at Creighton, she was employed in a variety of health promotion settings including, non-profit, government, and research in the high school setting. She presents regularly on the topics of leadership and well-being, self-care, and personal leadership philosophies/
1.0 hour of CLE credit has been approved in both Nebraska and Iowa.
Creighton Faculty and Students: Free
Continuing education and professional development courses may be cancelled by the attendee in writing up to 7 days before the course begins for a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. No refund will be given 7 days prior to the course. Some courses are not eligible for a refund; these exceptions are noted in specific course descriptions. If a course is cancelled by the University for non-weather related issues, the student will be notified and a full refund will be processed. In the event of a weather related closure, the course will be rescheduled.