USD School of Law Alumnae Erin Giglia ’01 (JD) and Laurie Rowen ’04 (JD) Co-Author Article in OC Lawyer

“Overwhelmed? Five Strategies Lawyers Can Implement Today to Reduce Stress and Find More Hours in the Day.”

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IRVINE (May 8, 2020) – OC Lawyer magazine’s May issue features an article by University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Alumnae/Montage Legal Group co-founders Erin Giglia, ’01 (JD), and Laurie Rowen, ’04 (JD): “Overwhelmed? Five Strategies Lawyers Can Implement Today to Reduce Stress and Find More Hours in the Day.”

"We designed Montage as a virtual company specifically to assist busy lawyers everywhere. We have been using our eleven years of experience running a virtual business to assist attorneys during this unprecedented time of isolation, court closures, and uncertainty," said Giglia.

Lawyers face an unusual dilemma. Time is their valuable commodity, but time is also the most finite resource. It is simply not possible to create more time in a day without a strategy. Lawyers can often struggle with mental health and wellness issues due to the profession-related stress and anxiety, but lawyers are smart people.

"We have worked with thousands of lawyers over the last decade, and have seen lots of examples of how lawyers reduce stress and find more hours in the day. Our strategy, is simple," Rowen stated:

1. Outsource non-legal tasks
2. Hire an hourly lawyer
3. Use the right technology
4. Limit in-person networking
5. Eliminate non-essential tasks (and just say no, thank you)

Giglia and Rowen are both members of the USD Orange County Chapter Board. Giglia is also a member of the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors and Rowen is a Rising Star Recent Alumni Award recipient. Giglia serves on the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) COVID-19 Task Force. 

Read full article in OC Lawyer's May issue

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research

Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.



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