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Welcome to the Fall 2021 Lighthouse Newsletter!

As we all set our clocks back, VJLAP is with you to continue to move forward and thrive as we and the world adapt, adjust, and evolve. In this issue we preview upcoming events and ways to support yourself and your colleagues and review recent activities for your consideration and feedback. 
We hope you join us for our Holiday Wellness Series: Boundaries and Balance (starting this Wednesday with Professional Boundaries and continuing next month with Personal Balance) and the Mid-Atlantic Women Legal Professionals Retreat in addition to continuing to join us at our weekly legal professionals groups. Plus, VJLAP's professional staff is always available if you are concerned for yourself, a colleague, or family member. Please do not hesitate to contact us



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Upcoming VJLAP Events

Holiday Wellness Series: Balance and Boundaries

Hosted by VJLAP and The Virginia Bar Association's Young Lawyer Division
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 
11:30 am - 12:30 pm (virtual)
Holiday Wellness Series: Part I (Professional Boundaries). Join our webinar discussion for tips on maintaining professional boundaries (yes, you can say "no"). Register now
Wednesday, December 15 2021
11:30 am - 12:30 pm (virtual)
Holiday Wellness Series: Part II (Personal Balance) Join our webinar discussion for tips on maintaining personal balance through boundaries with friends and family. Register now.

Women Legal Professionals Retreat

Hosted by VJLAP and the Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia Lawyer Assistance Programs
March 3-6, 2022
Asheville, North Carolina

Join us for the Mid-Atlantic Women Legal Professionals Retreat a weekend professional development and networking while promoting rejuvenation, empowerment, and self-care. Open to all women in the legal profession. Find out more

VJLAP Annual Retreat Round-Up

On September 17th and 18th, VJLAP hosted it’s 17th Annual VJLAP Fall Retreat . We held our first hybrid event. We also had a change of venue where in-person attendees joined us at the Virginian Hotel in Lynchburg... Read more
Photo:  Janie Rhodes, Dennis Sisk, and Tim Carroll. 

VJLAP Q & A Column

VJLAP was asked the following question:

"How do I set and maintain healthy boundaries with toxic family members around holiday events?"

Read the answer and discover useful tips for managing family boundaries @ VJLAP Advice
Have a question on which you would like to hear VJLAP's perspective, please email us at

Giving to VJLAP with Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a great way to support VJLAP at no cost to you. If you designate VJLAP as your charitable organization, 0.5% of your purchase will go to Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program and will cost you nothing. Read more

Mental Health First Aid for Legal Professionals

VJLAP now offers Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA) tailored for legal professionals. Learn how (i) to help someone experiencing mental health problems or a mental health crisis and (ii) to identify and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. Schedule a training now!  Learn more

Mark Your Calendars

November 2021

  • 11/17/2021 (11:30 - 12:30 pm): Webinar: Holiday Wellness Series (Part I): Balance and Boundaries in Your Professional Life (VJLAP/VBA YLD). More Info. 
  • 11/17/2021 (12:00 - 1:00 pm): Virtual Workshop: Everyday Gratitude Practices (Mid-Atlantic Mindfulness In Law Society). More info.  

December 2021

  • 12/15/2021: Holiday Wellness Series (Part II): Balance and Boundaries in Your Personal Life (VJLAP/VBA YLD). More Info. 

March 2022

  • 03/03/2022 - 03/06/2022: Women Legal Professionals Retreat 

September 2022

  • 09/15/2022 - 09/17/2022: 18th Annual VJLAP Fall Retreat 

Ongoing and Recurring 

  • VJLAP Legal Professionals Support Groups: (1) Wellness (M/W/Th), (2) 12-Step (M/W), (3) Women (Tu/Th), (4) Gambling (Th).  More info. 
  • Mid-Atlantic Mindfulness In Law Society: (1) Virtual Sits (weekly, M/W) More info.  (2) Chapter Meeting (monthly, 2nd Tu). More info.  
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