Becky Howlett is an attorney, legal educator, and certified Contemplative Practices Teacher committed to promoting well-being in the legal field and beyond. Becky’s attorney-wellness advocacy began after struggling with depression, anxiety, and burnout as a law student and practicing attorney. In the spring of 2020, she co-founded legalburnout.com to help legal advocates effectively manage stress, cultivate healthy work environments, and prevent burnout.
As Director of Attorney Well-Being, Becky has led live meditations for over 500 attorneys in the United States and Canada. Becky’s legal experience and expertise emphasizes aware communication and relationship building, including delivering educational seminars and trainings re: cultural competency and implicit bias. She has worked in national non-profits, “Big Law,” outside counsel to an Indian tribal government, and as a solo practitioner.
Like so many of us, Becky developed depression and anxiety during law school, which worsened as a practicing attorney. Within her first two years of private practice, she was experiencing full-blown burnout. After struggling for years with these all-too-common mental health issues, Becky finally found relief and strength through meditation and mindfulness. This powerful experience inspired her to do an in-depth study with the ultimate goal of sharing these practices with others who may be struggling to cope with stress and mental health concerns.
Becky began studying to become a meditation instructor in April 2019. Throughout her training, she volunteered as a meditation liaison leading weekly guided mindfulness exercises for law students and attorneys. After a year and a half, Becky received her instructor certification after completing a total of 550 hours of training and study through the Nature Center for Meditation. Becky is formally certified to teach a variety of contemplative practices, including mindfulness meditation, breathwork, qigong, and many other evidence-based techniques.