This summer, LP chairman Bryan Schwartz boldly went where few modern attorneys have gone before. Bryan decided to take a month-long sabbatical from his practice, meaning no work calls or email. Recently, the National Law Journal published Bryan's thoughts on his time "unplugged" in the article "What I Did on Summer Vacation - Restored Myself to Sanity." In the article, Bryan addresses the catalyst for his decision to fully disconnect, the real/imagined obstacles that prevent so many from doing the same, and how the time he spent away has since enriched his work.
From the article:
"Most of us in the legal profession — myself included — have felt that sense of being trapped (or, as we hear daily, "swamped"). We have believed in the impossibility of getting any time away — a week, a weekend, an evening. The tragedy is that it is very possible, and not only for senior partners like me. Certainly, it takes planning. And certainly, it requires one to establish boundaries. But it is within the reach of all lawyers working in any reasonably humane environment, and in the end it makes us better attorneys."
Read the full article here.