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.