Oct 03

Recently a comprehensive report was published by the ABA titled “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change” (find the full text here). Within its pages you will find numerous recommendations for how to increase the well-being of the legal community from multiple sources (law schools, judges, attorney regulators, bar associations, employers, etc.). The report starts, as any report on well-being should start, with the definition of lawyer well-being. Continue reading »

Sep 12

Anxiety lives in the future. It cannot exist in the present moment. If something bad is happening in the present moment, you might not like it, but you are not anxious about it. Anxiety requires the ambiguity of the future. The never-ending “what if” questions. You cannot ask “what if” questions about what has already happened, or what is currently happening. Anxiety thrives in the unknown. Continue reading »

Aug 16

In recent months, there has been an increase in the discussions of the high rates of substance abuse and mental health issues burdening lawyers, rates much higher than the general population. A recent study has confirmed what many of us have known for many years, that lawyers are at greater risk of alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety, and stress due to the unique factors found working in the legal field. Now, in addition to the important conversations occurring across the country, the ABA has published a press release on a new comprehensive report from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being that offers practical recommendations. No matter what area or institution of law you work in, this report offers recommendations that promote lawyer and law student well-being.

 

Shawn Healy, PhD

 

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