About me

Anne Brafford

Anne Brafford (JD, MAPP, PhD in progress) is a former equity partner at Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius LLP and the founder of Aspire, an educational and consultancy firm for the legal profession. Anne’s focus is on the many aspects of law firm culture that boost engagement and well-being and avoid burnout, such as meaningful work, positive leadership, high-quality motivation, resilience, advancement of women lawyers, and more.

Anne earned a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and is nearing the completion of her doctoral studies in positive organizational psychology from Claremont Graduate University (CGU).  Her MAPP Capstone, Building the Positive Law Firm, was selected for special honors by the faculty as among the top 5 in the class. For five years, Anne was a Teaching Assistant in the MAPP program for Dr. Martin Seligman and, for two years, served in that same role at CGU for Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi—the co-founders of Positive Psychology.

Anne is the author of an ABA-published book titled Positive Professionals is the co-chair of the ABA Law Practice Division’s Attorney Well-Being Committee, and was the Editor in Chief and co-author of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being’s recent report: The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change. Anne also was appointed by two recent ABA Presidents to the Presidential Working Group formed to investigate how legal employers can support healthy work environments. In her work with that group, Anne created the freely-available ABA Well-Being Toolkit for Lawyers and Legal Employers. Anne also is a Trusted Advisor to the legal profession’s Professional Development Consortium.

Experience

ASPIRE VALUES

Aligned
Strong
Purpose-driven
Inspired
Resilient
Engaged
Aligning personal values with our professional lives – taking a fresh perspective on work-life balance.
Building physical and psychological health and strength.
Renewing a sense of purpose as professionals doing good while also doing well.
Inspiring lawyers and firms to pursue the best versions of themselves.
Developing resources and skills needed to master stress and bounce back from setbacks.
Cultivating energy, meaningfulness, positive challenge, and absorption in work

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Bree Buchanan and James Coyle

With this groundbreaking work, Brafford demonstrates that she is one of the United States’ foremost thought-leaders on how to move our profession to the condition where thriving is the norm rather than the rare exception.

Bree Buchanan, JD, and James Coyle, JDCo-Chairs, National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being
Tom Sharbaugh

I really liked this book and its important themes, which haven’t gotten enough attention in the legal profession. I hope Big Law is ready to listen.

Tom Sharbaugh, JDFormer Management Partner of Operations for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (for nearly 15 years) and current Professor of Practice at Penn State Law
Chahira Sohl

As a partner who practices in Big Law (with limited free time), I love that the book’s advice is practical. It has made a positive impact on my life, and has already started to better the experiences of those I work with.

Chahira Solh, JDPartner, Crowell & Moring LLP