CoLAP sponsored video “Speaking Out to End Stigma” honored with Telly Award

The ABA earned multiple honors in the 42nd annual Telly Awards, the premier worldwide recognition for exemplary video and television for marketing and advertising purposes, across all screens. In 2021, the Tellys received more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents, making this year’s honor particularly impressive.

Speaking Out to End Stigma,” sponsored by Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, is the Bronze Telly Winner (third place)in Non-Broadcast: Health and Wellness. Stigma, shame and fear frequently play a major role in an individual’s decision not to seek help when suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. To raise awareness about the nature of addiction and mental health distress in our profession, the Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs created an anti-stigma campaign highlighting the recovery stories of lawyers, judges and law students. The ABA is sending the message that recovery from addiction and mental illness is possible.

For the ABA article announcing the Award and to read more about the the other ABA honorees, click here

A Must-See Film: “Just Ask: How We Must Stop Minding Our Own Business in the Legal World”

CoLAP is honored to share the following film, “Just Ask: How We Must Stop Minding Our Own Business in the Legal World.” A collaborative project between Texas and Pennsylvania LAP Directors, Chris Ritter and Laurie Besden, the film was created to help provide the legal world with essential information about how to get help for oneself or colleagues. 

Research consistently shows that lawyers are the most-often depressed professionals out of 105 professions, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among attorneys after cancer and heart disease. Despite these facts, few lawyers are educated about depression and suicide prevention. 

The film includes personal stories from lawyers on how suicide and depression touched their lives and provides concrete ways to help colleagues or loved ones who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts.* It overviews resources and emphasizes the importance of having a conversation with a person of concern and encouraging them to seek help. 

Please share this important message with your network and help save a life! 

Link to video (it can be viewed or downloaded):

*Trigger warning: The linked video deals with the issue of suicide and suicide ideation, including descriptive stories from individuals who’s lives have been touched by suicide.

Well-Being Week in Law – Thank You!

Thank you for following CoLAP last week as we participated in Well-Being Week in Law! For our rockstar well-being coordinators across the profession, there’s an entire event planned this week, just for you. 

For the full calendar of events, go to

Out of respect for everyone’s Zoom fatigue, ideas for participating include readings, resources, and pre-recorded videos, in addition to a few live webinars. Programming will focus on organizational practices proven by science to have a substantial impact on workplace well-being. 

Please remember, addressing well-being in the legal profession is a year-round engagement – COLAP and your state LAPs are always here to help! 

Well-Being Week in Law – Day 5 – Feel Well!

Day 5 – It’s ok to not be ok!

It’s the last day of Well-Being Week in Law – how are you feeling?

Your emotional well-being is about learning how to identify, manage, AND value your emotions. Taking these steps can help all lawyers achieve goals and make more informed decisions.

The last ABA webinar of the week is “Changing the Headlines: Combating Lawyer Loneliness One Step at a Time,” from 1 – 2:00pm ET. You can register for this event here:

If not addressed, lawyer loneliness can spiral into depression, anxiety, and substance abuse as a means to cope. Learn tools that enable you to build more meaningful, high-quality #relationships in your personal and professional lives.

Well-Being Week in Law – Day 4 – Connect!

An important part of well-being is your social well-being. Enjoying a true sense of belonging in our personal and professional communities helps us thrive socially as we connect with others.

Today’s fantastic ABA webinar is “Next Level Diversity: Why ‘Belonging’ is What Attorneys Really Want” from 1 – 2:30pm ET. This program offers a new way to approach diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives by acknowledging how belonging and well-being are inextricably linked.

Register here:

Well-Being Week in Law – Day 3 – Engage and Grow!

Well-Being Week in Law – May 3-7, 2021

Let’s engage and grow together on this 3rd day of Well-Being Week in Law! Career and intellectual well-being mean that we celebrate seeking personal satisfaction, continuous learning and growth, as well as financial stability.

Join today’s ABA webinar “Empower Yourself: Strategies for Practicing Law in Stressful Times” from 1:00 – 2:00pm ET. Learn coping mechanisms to support a flourishing career and tips to manage anxiety, embrace challenges, and learn from failure.

Register here:

Well-Being Week in Law – Day 2 – Align!

Day 2 of Well-Being Week in Law focuses on your spiritual well-being. The goal today, and every day, is to cultivate a sense of meaning and purpose in work and life. Let’s align our work and lives with our values, goals, and interests.

To learn more about how inner alignment can support your well-being and lift up your daily experience of practicing #law, check out this ABA webinar today from 1 – 2:30pm ET: “It Doesn’t Have to be a Grind: How to Create a Practice You Love.”

Register here:

Well-Being Week in Law – Stay Strong!

Day 1 of Well-Being Week in Law encourages you to focus on your physical well-being. Exercise has many life-changing benefits, but most legal professionals know how difficult it can be to get outside during a busy day. Have you tried desk yoga? Download the activity plan below, and visit for more information on how you can make the most of Well-Being Week in Law

Buchanan and Krill respond to criticism of lawyer well-being programs

Facing recent and continued criticisms, well-being advocates Bree Buchanan and Patrick Krill respond with powerful thoughts in a recent Law360 article on the importance of LAPs in the legal community. From life-saving initiatives to destigmatizing mental health, the services of LAPs undoubtedly play a vital and positive role in moving our culture forward. 

Denise Perme, manager of the D.C. Bar’s LAP, reiterates a pure and simple mission – “Our message is, ‘We are here if you need and want help with something.'”

CoLAP continues to fully support the initiatives of each and every state LAP and thanks you for your continued engagement in the well-being movement.

You can read the full article here.

What’s your plan for Well-Being Week in Law?

May – and Mental Health Awareness month – is just around the corner! The Institute for Well-Being in Law (a recently formed non-profit charitable organization that evolved from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being) is planning another robust and exciting Well-Being Week in Law (WWIL) next week.

Between May 3 – 7, all legal professionals are invited to coordinate or participate in local activities. Don’t forget to include your family, friends, and colleagues in these inclusive community events!

What’s your plan for Well-Being Week in Law?

Here’s the simple breakdown for each day next week:

                Monday – Physical Well-Being

                Tuesday – Spiritual Well-Being

                Wednesday – Career Well-Being

                Thursday – Social Well-Being

                Friday – Emotional Well-Being

If you’re an individual looking to get involved, check out this resources page.

For organizations – law firms, corporate legal departments, government entities, bar associations, or others – these resources were specifically compiled for you.

Infographics, logos, daily social media posts, and a calendar are available for easy and quick download on this page. Please post about your experience using the hashtag #WellBeingWeekInLaw and follow COLAP as we participate in the week’s events:



Twitter: @ABACoLAP

Lastly, for all well-being coordinators (those building a well-being program for a law firm or other type of legal employer), SAVE THE DATE for the week of May 17 for the After Party. Until then, learn more here.

If you’re in need of general resources for well-being planning purposes all year, you can find benchmark reports, policy templates, and more here.