Anxiety & Stress-Management Strategies

Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Webinar Description:

The AALS Section on Balance in Legal Education General Programming Committee is excited to present a six-part “Speed-Idea Sharing Series” on Promoting Well-Being in Law School.  Each session will feature a collection of brief presentations highlighting different approaches to promoting law student well-being, followed by Q&A and conversation.  Session 6 will focus specifically on strategies to promote anxiety and stress management.


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Natalie Netzel, J.D., Assistant Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Natalie Netzel is the Education and Advocacy Director of the Institute to Transform Child Protection at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She joined the Institute to Transform Child Protection as a staff attorney in August of 2016. Natalie works directly with law and social work students in the Child Protection Clinic in representation of parents in child protection cases. She also supports institute training, research, and community engagement events. Additionally, Natalie serves as the Director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Prior to joining the Institute to Transform Child Protection, Natalie was a judicial law clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She received her B.A. from Hamline University, her M.S.E. in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and her J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.







Christine Church, J.D., Professor, Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School

Christine Zellar Church joined the full-time WMU-Cooley faculty in April 2006. She joined academia from the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, where she had served as a staff attorney since 1998. With the Legal Aid Society, Professor Church concentrated on complex litigation in family law, domestic violence, and bankruptcy.

During her tenure at WMU-Cooley, Professor Church has held several Associate Dean positions, including the Associate Dean of Academic Programs since 2015. She recently stepped down as the Associate Dean to rejoin the full-time faculty, teaching Secured Transactions, lawyering skills simulation classes, and recently developed and teaches Anxiety and the Practice of Law. She coaches the national team for the ABA Client Counseling Competition, and her teams have won two national championships.

Previous to her service with the Legal Aid Society, she was in private practice with Zellar Church and Associates, 1997-1998. Professor Church’s legal career began with Legal Services of Middle Tennessee (1983-1987). She then worked as a solo practitioner (1987-1990), an associate with the firm of Bagwell, Bagwell, Parker, Riggins and Kennedy (1990-1993), a managing partner with Kennedy Zellar & Associates (1993-1995), and a managing partner in Zellar Cartwright and Love (1995-1997).

Professor Church is a frequent presenter at externship and clinical conferences, and at conferences addressing innovative approaches to legal education



Shailini Jandial George, J.D., Professor of Legal Writing, Suffolk University

Professor George graduated from Boston College Law School in 1993, and from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1990 with a degree in Finance and International Business. After graduating from Boston College Law School, Professor George clerked for the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts. Before joining Suffolk Law School, Professor George was a senior associate at the law firm of Ryan, Coughlin & Betke, LLP, where she specialized in insurance defense litigation. Professor George has been teaching legal writing for the past ten years and is highly involved in the national legal writing community. She has presented at numerous regional and national conferences and her scholarship has focused on sexual harassment law, cognitive science and learning, and most recently, mindfulness training.



Nyla Millar, J.D., Assistant Professor of Legal Methods, Widener University Delaware Law School

Professor Millar teaches Legal Methods I, II, and III, as well as Professional Responsibility. Professor Millar received a Bachelor of Science degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law. Professor Millar served as Articles & Comments Editor for the University of Miami Law Review.

Before joining the Delaware Law School faculty, Professor Millar taught legal writing and legal ethics at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Prior to that position, she represented clients on Arizona’s death row as an assistant federal public defender with the Capital Habeas Unit of the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Phoenix, Arizona, and taught legal writing, criminal law, ethics, international human rights, and other courses at Arizona Summit Law School. In addition, she served as a Staff Attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta.



Laurel Rigertas, J.D., Professor, Northern Illinois University- College of Law 

Professor Laurel Rigertas joined the NIU law faculty in 2006. She teaches professional responsibility, torts, advanced torts and a mindfulness course for law students. Professor Rigertas’ research and scholarship focuses on the legal profession, particularly in the areas of ethics, professionalism, the unauthorized practice of law, and access to the legal system. She served as the College of Law’s Interim Dean during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Prior to joining the NIU law faculty in 2006, Professor Rigertas practiced complex commercial litigation as a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in Chicago, which she joined in 1999 as an associate. She has litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels in both federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations and mediations. Professor Rigertas began her law career in 1997 at Jenner & Block in Chicago, where she also focused on complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining the NIU law faculty she also taught as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Professor Rigertas graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1997. There she was a member of the honorary scholastic society, Order of the Coif, and served as articles editor of  Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice.



Rebecca Simon Green, J.D., Co-Director, Mindfulness, Stress-Management & Peak Performance Program, USC Gould School of Law

Rebecca Simon Green was a Law Professor at Southwestern Law School before leaving full-time Academia to become a Wellness and Performance Champion to the legal industry.  She has coached hundreds of law students and lawyers on growing their stress resiliency, enhancing their cognitive performance while under pressure, and finding deeper meaning and purpose in their lives.

She has completed the Executive Mind series from the Drucker School of Management, and has certifications in Social-Emotional Learning from the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center and in Public Policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Rebecca and her husband, Jarrett Green, are the co-creators of the USC Gould School of Law “1L Mindfulness, Stress Management, and Peak Performance Program,” which was commended by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being in its seminal report in 2017.  Rebecca and Jarrett also co-teach an upper-division elective at UC Irvine School of Law titled, “Happiness & Peak Performance in Law School.”

Rebecca and Jarrett consult to and lead workshops at top law firms across the globe, including over half of the AmLaw 50, and at many of the largest corporations in the world, such as US Bank, NBC-Universal, Tesla Motors, and Allstate Insurance Company.

They have a forthcoming book, to be published by West Academic, entitled “Happiness and Peak Performance in The Law.”