Positive Psychology Interventions for the Legal Profession
A Panel Discussion

Recorded, May 7, 2020

Abstract:  The legal profession is plagued by job dissatisfaction, burnout, and mental health problems, as reported by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being. Please join us for a discussion about how positive psychology can be integrated into the legal profession to improve job satisfaction, engagement, and overall thriving. We will discuss how to integrate positive psychology into law school curriculums, law firm management, and individual lawyer wellbeing.

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Moderator: Elizabeth Corcoran, President of IPPA’s Work and Organizations Division

John Hollway, JD, MAPP, Associate Dean of Penn Law at the University of Pennsylvania


John Hollway is Associate Dean at Penn Law and a Senior Fellow at Penn’s Positive Psychology Center. He works with large and small for-profit, non-profit, and government enterprises to improve their execution, enhance employee engagement, increase transparency, and achieve mission-critical needs. At the PPC he works with some of the world’s leading scholars in the science of flourishing and well-being to design and implement real-world programs that help people reimagine their lives and their organizations in ways that help them thrive.

John is an integral member of efforts to promote well-being at Penn Law, throughout the University, and with law firms and other organizations. Penn Law was the first law school in the country to include well-being as a required part of its curriculum.

The loves of John’s life include his wife and children, the Baltimore Orioles, and the collected works of Elmore Leonard.

Krista Larson, MAPP, Director of Employee Wellbeing at Morgan Lewis


Krista Larson serves as Morgan Lewis’s director of employee well-being. In this global position, Krista works to design and implement a custom wellbeing curriculum as part of the firm’s employee engagement efforts. Krista earned her Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the science of well-being with the founder of the field, Dr. Martin Seligman. It was through this experience that she became passionate about the use of Positive Psychology to enable organizations and their people to better thrive. Earlier in her career, Krista worked in management consulting where she supported clients across industries on a variety of leadership and talent solutions.

Courtney Wylie, JD, CPC, co-author of National Task Force on Attorney Well-being 


Courtney Wylie: Esq., is a member of the learning and development team at Faegre Drinker and a certified executive leadership coach. In this position, she designs and implements programs for the firm’s attorneys on leadership, professionalism, and lawyer well-being topics. She is a licensed attorney and began her career as a litigator where she practiced in both the private and public sector. Courtney still practices through pro bono matters but focuses her energy and passion on working with lawyers and the legal profession to improve well-being. She is an appointed Advisory Committee Member for the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs for the American Bar Association, an elected fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and Advisory Committee Member of Harvard Business Review. She is currently pursuing her PhD in positive organizational psychology focusing on lawyers and law firms.

Elina Teboul, JD, MA, executive coach, consultant and founder of The LightUp Lab


Elina Teboul is an executive coach, consultant and founder of The LightUp Lab. Elina works with lawyers and other professionals to enhance effectiveness, optimize performance, and unlock their potential at an individual, team and organizational level.

Elina began her career as a corporate lawyer practicing at Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP in the investment management group and explored in-house legal work at Credit Suisse. Elina earned her M.A. in Psychology at Columbia University, Teacher’s College where she focused her Integrative Project on positive legal organizations – positive psychology, mindfulness and coaching for the legal industry. Elina has completed the Internal Coaching Intensive through the Columbia Executive Coaching Program and is currently conducting further research on positive psychology coaching interventions for the legal industry. She also holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

About IPPA

The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) is a global membership organization of thousands of academics practitioners, clinicians, students who advance the science and practice of positive psychology. Members enjoy regular educational webinars with experts, a virtual library of tools and articles, an online member community, and more.

The field of positive psychology focuses on the study and practice of positive emotions, strengths, and virtues that make all individuals and groups thrive.

The Work and Organizations Division is a subset of IPPA members who are interested in studying and applying positive psychological concepts in organizational settings. The Division offers several ways for members to learn and connect throughout the year, including; 

  • Virtual meet-ups
  • Positive Organizational Intervention Challenge
  • Research Digests & Dialogues between researchers and practitioners

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