Today’s Honoree is Gretchen Duhaime

Before attending law school, I managed change in small- to mid-size organizations, focusing on building and integrating systems. Throughout my career, I’ve lamented the unhappy state of many workers and sought to improve it, beginning with the alignment of goals, compensation and motivation. Desiring a larger impact, I decided to become an advocate for healthy workplaces and entered Suffolk University Law School’s evening division. During law school, I worked with Professor David Yamada to apply my vision to the legal profession, and developed the 7 Purposes wellness model. The model’s purpose is to help lawyers understand and strive for balance and purpose in life and law.

My article, Practicing on Purpose in the Law Firm, is featured in J. Kim Wright’s ABA best-seller Lawyers as Peacemakers: Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law , as is the 7 Purposes wellness model. I was a board member of the International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers from 2009 to its dissolution in 2011. I am currently on the board of the Renaissance Lawyer Society, a non-profit focused on innovation and transformation in law. I live in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley with my partner and our two toddlers.

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