The Florida Bar Journal Focuses on Mental Health and Wellness

This month’s The Florida Bar Journal is dedicated to mental health and wellness, and in addition to a column by the Florida Bar President, Michael J. Higer, titled, “Recognizing We Have a Problem: The Mental Health and Wellness of Lawyers,” the issue includes the following features:

  • Introduction: Mental Health and Wellness – Destigmatizing the Discussion and Promoting Solutions, by Dori Foster-Morales, Guest Editor
  • What Do the Statistics About Lawyer Alcohol Use and Mental Health Problems Really Mean? By Patrick Krill
  • The Reality of High-Functioning Substance Abuse Among Lawyers, by Lisa Smith
  • Vulnerability is a Good Thing, by Brian Cuban
  • The Surprising Master Key to Happiness and Satisfaction According to the Lawyer Research, by Lawrence Krieger
  • Florida Lawyers Assistance: Saving Lives and Legal Careers, by Scott M. Weinstein
  • Mindfulness, Mental Health, and the Life of the Lawyer, by Scott Rogers
  • The Lawyer Well-Being Starter Kit: 10 Tools and Strategies for Legal Employers, by Anne Brafford

Read the full January 2018 issue of The Florida Bar Journal here.

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A Well-Being Toolkit and a New Podcast About LAPs

Anne Brafford, JD, MAPP, Co-Founder of Aspire and the editor-in-chief of The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change has created the Well-Being Toolkit for the Legal Profession filled with guidance and resources for improving the “mind, body and heart” of lawyers and law students. The Texas Bar Blog from the State Bar of Texas recently posted about the Toolkit in the article, Well-being tool kit provides 10 tips on fostering a healthy workplace.

Another new and noteworthy resource is the recent ABA Journal Asked & Answered podcast episode, In a pickle? Here’s how a lawyers assistance program can help. In it, Bree Buchanan, Director of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program and Chair of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, talks about about how lawyers assistance programs work.

Access other related articles and resources on the CoLAP website.

 

 

Voices of Recovery Podcast Series – Episode 4

The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs has produced a podcast series about overcoming substance use disorders, mental health issues and addiction. The lawyers featured in this series have all agreed to tell their story in the hope that it will reduce the stigma surrounding these issues and encourage others to get the help they need.

Episode 4 features Andrew McKenna, the Northeast Director for Addiction Campuses and a former Federal Prosecutor and attorney in private practice.

Click here to access all available episodes. 

Illumination of Bias: Practical Strategies for Recognizing and Reducing Implicit Bias in the Practice of Law

An ABA Free CLE Series Webinar | Monday, January 8th | 1-2:35 PM ET

This lively, interactive webinar from the nationally recognized presenters at ReelTime CLE explores cross-cultural interactions, and the ways in which our implicit biases can affect how we interact with each other. Webinar participants will explore the ways that implicit biases may show up, the impact they can have, the sources from which they arise, and best practices for mitigating their effects.

One of the most significant aspects of practicing law in an increasingly global economy (as well as communities that grow more multi-ethnic and multicultural each day) is the challenge of sustained interaction between people who are different from us in various ways. Even the simplest of encounters can often leave lawyers, paralegals, or the clients themselves feeling confused, frustrated, offended, or (worst of all) seriously hurt—even when everyone involved began with the best of intentions. And now, with the adoption and promotion of Rule 8.4 (g) of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which adds harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, etc., to the types of sanctionable professional misconduct, it is imperative that lawyers and paralegals learn to identify their own blind spots in this tricky area.

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Dealing with Mental Health and Addiction During the Holidays, a Live Twitter Chat 

Monday, December 18th | 12:30-1 PM ET

Join the ABA Young Lawyers Division (@ABAYLD) for a #Fit2Practice Twitter Chat with author Brian Cuban (@BCuban), the Texas Lawyer Assistance Program (@TLAPhelps), the Florida BarYLD (@FlaBarYLD), and the State Bar of Michigan (@MIStateBar). Brian Cuban will provide information and guidance on dealing with mental health and addiction issues during the holidays … or any time. Follow the chat and ask your questions using the #Fit2Practice hashtag.

ABA YLD Twitter Chat

Recap of Problem Gambling Twitter Chat

Today CoLAP hosted a live Twitter Chat on “Problem Gambling in the Legal Profession” with guests Christine Anderson, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Joan Bibelhausen, Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, and Keith Whyte, National Council on Problem Gambling. They discussed the consequences of problem gambling in the legal profession, signs and symptoms that might indicate a person may have a gambling problem, how to get help or refer someone else to help, and ways law schools and law firms can better address problem gambling.

In case you missed it, a recap of the entire conversation is now available. 

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Voices of Recovery Podcast Series – Episode 3 on Problem Gambling

The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs has produced a podcast series about overcoming substance use disorders, mental health issues and addiction. The lawyers featured in this series have all agreed to tell their story in the hope that it will reduce the stigma surrounding these issues and encourage others to get the help they need.

Episode 3 is about overcoming alcohol and gambling addiction, featuring Michael Burke, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Problem Gamblers, Board Member for the National Council on Problem Gambling and Author of “Never Enough: One Lawyers True Story Of How He Gambled His Career Away.” Mr. Burke also practiced law for over 25 years.

Click here to access all available episodes. 

Also, tune into Twitter this Wednesday (12/13/2017) for a live Twitter Chat on Problem Gambling in the Legal Profession. From 1:00 to 2:00pm Eastern time, @ABACoLAP will be discussing the topic with special guests, Christine Anderson, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (@ChristineARDC), Joan Bibelhausen, Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (@mnlcl) and Keith Whyte, National Council on Problem Gambling (@ncpgambling). Follow along by tracking tweets with hashtag #GamblingHelp4Lawyers and participate with questions and comments by using #GamblingHelp4Lawyers in your tweets.