Hosted by Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit
Lawyers assume incredible responsibilities to ensure the best outcome for their clients.
These demands affect them, whether they recognize it or not.
Join Justice Megan K. Cavanagh and Molly Ranns, Director of the Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program, State Bar of Michigan, who will discuss the work of the Well-Being in the Law Task Force, the importance of the wellness movement in the legal profession, ways to effectively manage
lawyer-client relationships and practical tools to thrive personally and professionally.
Light refreshments will be served.
Meet the presenters:
Justice Megan K. Cavanagh is a life-long Michigander who grew up in East Lansing and lives in metro Detroit. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan College of Engineering and Wayne State University Law School. Before joining the Michigan Supreme Court in January of 2019, she had over fifteen years of experience as one of Michigan’s top appellate attorneys and was a shareholder at Garan Lucow Miller P.C. in Detroit.
Justice Cavanagh is the Supreme Court Liaison to Tribal Courts, Child Welfare Services, the Well-Being in the Law Task Force, the Attorney Grievance Commission and the Judicial Tenure Commission. She also serves on the Attorney General’s Elder Abuse Task Force.
Justice Cavanagh has served as Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan, as a council person for the Negligence Section of the State Bar of Michigan, as co-chair of the Michigan Bench Bar Appellate Conference Foundation, and as a member of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.
Prior to her election to the Court, Justice Cavanagh was rated as one of Michigan's Super Lawyers. She was honored by Michigan Lawyer's Weekly as Lawyer of the Year in 2006 and a Woman in the Law in 2017. Justice Cavanagh and her husband have four children.
Molly Ranns, LPC is the Director for the State Bar of Michigan’s Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program where she has worked for the past 12 years. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Michigan State University where she also earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Molly is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Board-Certified Counselor, and an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is an Advisory Committee member to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and a member of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs. Molly co-hosts a podcast produced by Legal Talk Network, SBM On Balance, which explores the intersection between practice management and lawyer well-being. She is a member of the Task Force on Well-Being in the Law, a collaboration between the State Bar of Michigan and the Michigan Supreme Court. She presents regularly on topics pertaining to law student and lawyer well-being and has extensive experience working with impaired professionals, substance use disorders, and mental health diagnoses.