Wellness & Stress Management

The Hon. Dana Douglas
Committee Chair

Upcoming Events:

Please join Wellness & Stress Management Committee Chair Dana Douglas for a free yoga class for NOBA members at the Poydras Center! The class will be led by NOBA's own Elizabeth S. Sconzert, who is currently a partner at Blue Williams Law Firm and an instructor at Bayou Yoga Studio.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Poydras Center
650 Poydras Street, Ste. 1115
New Orleans, LA 70130
Members: FREE!
Non-Members: $15
*All credit card transactions will be charged a 3% convenience fee.
  1. Contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453 
  2. Email Briana Nelms

Wellness & Stress Management Articles


Mental health and stress relief are important components of overall wellness.  Many lawyers have found help through meditation.  NOLA Mindfulness offers courses in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in the New Orleans area.  Check out their website for more information.

Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, Inc. (JLAP) is a full-service and comprehensive mental health and wellness assistance program with full-time professional clinical staff members. JLAP provides direct and confidential assistance for all mental health issues that members of the legal profession may encounter. Visit JLAP's website for more information or to seek help.

Taking a screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. For a list of mental health screening tools, click here.

Check out NOBA's collection of stress management articles on Pinterest. You'll find articles about rethinking work-life balance, including practical and useful stress reduction tips, mindfulness and relaxation exercises. If you have any articles to suggest for the collection, please contact Helena Henderson.

Recent Events:

On May 9th, Carmelite Bertaut and Leah Woolf spoke on Mindfulness: One Path to Professional Conduct

January 10, the committee welcomed Lauren Fremin and Michael Sandoz for "A New Year, A New You: The Power of Resolutions."


The week of April 11-17, the Committee held a "National Walking Day Competition" to see which firm's lawyers and staff could exercise the most in that week.

Congratulations to the winning law firm, Stone Pigman, and the winning individual participant, Wanda Duncan!


On March 18, the Committee held a committee meeting to learn how to achieve a more balanced lifestyle and discussed resources for a healthier 2016.

On April 1, 2015, the Wellness & Stress Management Committee hosted a wellness walk and lunch in honor of the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day.

On February 6, 2015, the Wellness & Stress Management Committee held a planning meeting to get everyone's ideas about the sort of activities and programming to best meet their expectations for this committee.