Lawyer Well-Being in the News

August has been a big month for lawyer well-being! In a previous post, we reported on some comprehensive new recommendations for a variety of legal stakeholders created by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being. Since their release, a number of news outlets, magazines, blogs and bars have taken notice, including:

LISTEN: Podcast: Patrick Krill on Addiction in the Legal Industry & the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being (Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute, September 7, 2017)

Official ABA Press Release: Growing concern over well-being of lawyers leads to comprehensive new recommendations (ABA News, August 14, 2017)

1Ls, Prioritize Mental Health (The Harvard Law Record, August 31, 2017)

4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction (Law 360, August 24, 2017)

ABA releases report on improving lawyer well-being (The Indiana Lawyer, August 14, 2017)

ABA Report Promotes Changes to Treat Addiction, Depression (The American Lawyer, August 14, 2017)

ABA report seeks to transform attitudes on lawyer well-being (North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, September 6, 2017) Subscription required

A Clarion Call for Attorney Wellness (Law Week Colorado, August 24, 2017)

BigLaw At A ‘Crossroads’ On Mental Health, Report Finds (Law 360, August 14, 2017)

Culture Change Needed (Virginia Lawyers Weekly, September 5, 2017) Subscription required

How Dare You Send Me A Book On Addiction! Do You Think I Have A Problem? (Above the Law, August 16, 2017)

How Law Firms Can Help Their Lawyers’ Well-Being (Texas Lawyer, August 16, 2017)

How Lawyers Need to Be Healthier: Q&A (Bloomberg Law Big Law Business, August 6, 2017)

Keeping Lawyers Mentally Fit Is on the Docket (Bloomberg BNA, August 24, 2017)

Law: Mental health resources lacking for attorneys (Bizwomen, August 16, 2017)

Lawyer Well-Being: A Call to Action (Ethical Grounds, The Unofficial Blog of Vermont’s Bar Counsel, August 18, 2017)

Lawyer Well-Being: Creating A Movement To Improve The Legal Profession (Forbes, August 15, 2017)

Lawyer wellness should be a priority, report says (Minnesota Lawyer, August 25, 2017)

National Task Force Report: Here, Now, a Watershed for a Lawyer’s Well-Being (Thompson Reuters Legal Executive Institute, August 14, 2017)

Shining a Light on Lawyers’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health (Illinois Supreme Court on Professionalism 2Civility Blog, August 15, 2017)

Some Law Schools Take the Lead in Students’ Well-Being, Report Finds (The National Law Journal, August 17, 2017)

State Lawyers’ Group Looks To Improve Attorney Well-Being (Wisconsin Public Radio News, August 15, 2017)

Substance Abuse: Tragic Story Highlights Need for Culture Change (State Bar of Wisconsin Inside Track, August 16, 2017)

The time to help lawyers with mental health services is now, new report says (ABA Journal, August 14, 2017)

What Can Law Firms Do To Promote Well-Being? Suggestions From National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being (Jeena Cho, August 20, 2017).


At the same time, various ABA publications released articles on issues involving attorney well-being.

The August 2017 issue of the ABA Law Practice Division’s Law Practice Today is called “The Attorney Well-Being Issue.” Features include:

Access The Attorney Well-Being Issue | August 2017 in full.

The ABA Young Lawyers Division TYL publication recently featured: How to Avoid a (Less than) Spectacular Burnout in Your Law Practice and How to Maintain Resilience When Dealing with a Mental Health Condition.

And the July/August 2017 issue of GPSOLO from the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division featured the article, Mindfulness: A Simpler Way to Alleviate Attorney Stress.

Let’s keep the conversation going about #LawyerWellbeing!

Note: This post is being updated on an ongoing basis as developments occur. 

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