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Welcome to the Peoria County Bar Association

NEW - The Peoria County Bar Association has released a statement on racism. To read, click here

Special President's Message
The Peoria County Bar Association members and volunteers made Strides for Justice a successful event again in 2020. Please congratulate Fitness, Health, and Wellness Committee Chair Robert Everett, Vice Chair James VanRheeden, and their committee colleagues Paige Blumenshine, Kyle Tompkins, Mitch Gilfillan, and running "guru" Michael Fleming. Even for those of us who may favor a cookie or waffle cone over jogging, the simple joys of supporting Prairie State Legal Services in a fun environment has many positive side-effects. The great folks who sponsor this event include many PCBA members who also deserve our congratulations so give a shout out to all of the sponsoring law firms and attorneys. Because of our different times now, registration extends through October 2, 2020 so take a look.

 One of the many reasons for seeking camaraderie and fellowship with your fellow PCBA members is to maintain and improve your mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic spares no one. Publicly reported census bureau statistics indicate that a third of all Americans are displaying signs of clinical anxiety or depression. In addition, web sites of bar associations across the country report grim news on the mental health of attorneys as deteriorating combined with increasing rates of addiction and self-harming behaviors.

You may consider reaching out to your fellow PCBA members, colleagues, family, and friends to talk about anything or everything to help you through these times. Another helpful resource is the comedic wisdom acted out by Bill Murray in the movie classic "Groundhog Day." And yes, there is a book on this topic titled "The Wisdom of Groundhog Day" authored by Paul Hannam in addition to many articles by mental health professionals on the same topic. In an interview published in The Guardian, Hannam states the three principles he took from the movie. After Bill Murray's weatherman character, Phil Connors, degenerates into a series of self-destructive behaviors and feels no better, he starts to think about what he can think, say, and do differently each day. The second factor comes from the time when Phil Connors realizes that improving his inner life does not rely on what power, wealth, or status he may possess or lack. Third, Connors learns to appreciate that he has everything he needs to be happy now. In sum, how we feel about ourselves and our situations is more about our attitude and mindset than we might think. While one may view Hannam's analysis and conclusions as typical pop psychology found in the self-improvement sections of any physical or digital library, seeing the movie again is a worthy experience.

Final word, the last part of this month's message is to check the PCBA website for our upcoming Diversity, CLE, and other upcoming events. Let's meet and talk to each other again soon.
 


PCBA President,

Ambrose V.  McCall

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