In 2021, the ABA published a report of national survey results as well as recommendations, entitled “Practicing Law in the Pandemic and Moving Forward, Results and Best Practices from a Nationwide Survey of the Legal Profession.” Among other things, the report discusses resources and benefits employers can provide to retain employees and help their well-being.
Watch this alarming and eye opening video, created by the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, addressing first-hand accounts of mental health and suicide concerns among the legal profession.
Check out this video below, created by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, which features a diverse group of lawyers, a judge and two law students who openly talk about the challenges with behavioral health issues, their recovery, and the vital importance of asking for help.
Read this article, published by Law 360 Pulse, a LexisNexis Company, which discusses how the pandemic has fueled a mental health crisis for young attorneys. “I think it is important to send a message that people are encouraged to seek out help — now and always,” said Joseph Milowic III, a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and founder of the grassroots Lawyers Depression Project. “You are loved, and your health and happiness are important.”
Please visit the links below for “Mindful Monday” and “Wakeful Wednesday” as published by the Mindfulness in Law Society.
Mindful Mondays: A half-hour “virtual sit” hosted by MILS at 3 p.m. Eastern, except on federal holidays. Anyone in the legal profession is welcome to attend, although it is a member benefit and non-members will be asked to join after continued participation at some point in the future. The sittings are good for beginners and experienced mindfulness practitioners. The format generally consists of about 20 minutes of guided meditation, with five minutes of gathering time at the beginning and 5 minutes for questions and comments.
A session will be cancelled if there are no participants at 3:05 pm Eastern
Wakeful Wednesdays: A half-hour “virtual sit” hosted by MILS at 5 p.m. Eastern, except on federal holidays. Anyone is welcome to attend. The sittings are designed to introduce mindfulness and how it can support those in the legal industry. The format generally consists of about 20 minutes of guided meditation, with 5 minutes of gathering time at the beginning and 5 minutes for questions and comments. Note: MILS membership is free to law students.
A session will be cancelled if there are no participants at 5:05 pm Eastern.