The following post was written by Mary Spranger, Program Manager of the Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program (WisLAP) at the State Bar of Wisconsin.
On June 15, 2017, at the State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting, the University of Wisconsin Law Student Wellness Coalition was awarded the annual Jack DeWitt WisLAP Volunteer Award. The student and faculty members of the Wellness Coalition recognized that students could benefit from help with the stress of law school and acted upon that realization. Despite the stigma that still exists around mental health issues, members of the Coalition formed an organized student group with a mission, programming, and outreach initiatives. The Coalition seeks to counter the misconception that to seek help and support for the challenges of life and law school is to expose a vulnerability that is best left unacknowledged. Coalition members carry the message that there are positive ways to counter law school stress. The Coalition is deserving of recognition for their vision, energy, and commitment to helping their peers achieve health and wellness at UW Law School. WisLAP is proud to partner with the UW Law School Wellness Coalition in its endeavors.
Pictured from left to right, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, newly graduated UW Law Student John Lightfield, UW Law Student Dana Roth, and UW Faculty Advisor Stephanie Johnson, MSSW.
Read more in the University of Wisconsin Law School article, “Law Student Wellness Coalition honored by state bar.”