The West Virginia Supreme Court and the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) have responded to the call from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being to create a state action plan to address substance use and mental health issues among the legal profession.
In 2016, the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being formed in response to groundbreaking research confirming troubling levels of mental health issues and substance use disorders among law students and lawyers. Their work culminated in the August 2017 report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, which sets out 44 ways in which a variety of stakeholders can shift the culture of the legal profession towards one of well-being. Among those recommendations is the development of “state-level action plans” that build from and grow upon the Report.
At the end of February, the newly-formed Illinois Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, established by the Illinois LAP, held its first meeting. On Wednesday, March 21st, Chief Justice Margaret Workman issued an order to establish the West Virginia Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being.
Learn more about the Illinois Task Force in, “LAP Forms Illinois Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being,” from the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
Learn more about the West Virginia Task Force in, “WV Supreme Court establishes task force for lawyer well-being,” from the Charleston Gazette-Mail.