Lawyer Well-Being Week

Lawyer Well-Being Week

    Lawyer Well-being Week Activities

Participation across the legal profession is essential for making Lawyer Well-Being
a top priority!  Well-being in the profession was never more important than
right now in the wake of a global pandemic.

This Guide gives day-by-day recommendations to assist members of the legal profession in improving their well-being.   

Remember, in order to effectively care for the well-being of others, we must first take care of our own well-being!   

 

MONDAY, May 4th             STAY STRONG (Physical Well-Being) 

 

ARTICLE:  Manage Your Energy Not Your Time

 

VIDEO:  The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise

 

 

TUESDAY, May 5th              ALIGN (Spiritual Well-Being)         

 

ARTICLE:  Judges’ Well-Being and the Importance of Meaningful Work  The article explains the importance of meaningful work to health, happiness, and performance. It provides
meaningful work strategies that apply to everyone, not just judges.

 

VIDEO: 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, May 6th     ENGAGE & GROW (Career & Intellectual W-B) 

 

ARTICLE:  3 Science-Backed Reasons Having a Hobby Will Help Your Career

 

VIDEO: 

 

THURSDAY, May 7th          CONNECT (Social Well-Being)

 

ARTICLE:  To Be Happier at Work, Invests More in Your Relationships

 

VIDEO:  WVU College of Law: Defining Success During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

FRIDAY, May 8th                   FEEL WELL (Emotional Well-Being)

 

ARTICLE: 

Well-Being Strategies for Solos and Small Firms: Building Resilient Work Cultures

 

VIDEO: 

Lawyer Well-Being Week

Spring 2020

  LapQuest

Lawyer Well-being Week Activities

 

Check out this article by Anne M. Brafford, Esq, published by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, on how solo practitioner’s and small firms can promote lawyer mental health.  

Well-Being Strategies for Solos and Small Firms: Building Resilient Work Cultures

 

Understanding the Stress Response

Now, more than ever, it is important for the legal community to learn how to effectively manage stress.  Check out this article, published by Harvard Health Publishing, on understanding the stress response, as well as techniques to counter chronic stress.  

 

TED TALK:  The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise

 

 

To Find Meaning in Your Work, Change How You Think About It

Check out this link, published by Harvard Business Review, on finding purpose in your work life.

 

 

The Happy Secret to Better Work

 

 

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Lawyer Well-Being Week

Winter 2020

LapQuest    

 

Enduring Happiness for Attorneys?

David Gold, a former trial lawyer who now helps law firms grow their practices discusses how your law firms culture holds the key to your own piece of mind.

Internet Addiction

Check out this link, published by Social Work Today, on Internet Addiction Disorder.

Lawyer Wellness Week

“Together we can bring out the best in the legal profession!”

Law Student Well-Being Podcast

For too long, law students have been given the message that their well-being is second to the practice of law. Not anymore! The Lawyer Assistance Program community recognizes that teaching students about their own well-being and the well-being of their colleagues and friends as they learn the law is imperative for the future generations of lawyers.

Lawyer Well-Being Week

Fall 2019

        LapQuest               

The Perfect Addict  

From childhood to adulthood, this attorney suffered with the disease of addiction. With the implementation of a 12-step program and admitting that he was powerless over his substance abuse issue, he was able to develop a better way of living.  He stayed focused, worked hard, and asked for a second chance from other legal professionals. Today this attorney is successful with his employment, and most importantly is also living happy joyous and free.

Read More

 

ABA Anti-Stigma Campaign

Stigma, shame, and fear. These obstacles frequently play a major role in an individual’s decision not to seek help when suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. Too often, lawyers, judges, and law students find themselves wrestling privately with frustration and despair as an addiction or mental health problem dominates their life and threatens their career.  To raise awareness about the nature of addiction and mental health distress in our profession and to challenge the biases and stigma that surround those problems, the ABA’s Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs (CoLAP) created a profession-wide anti-stigma campaign that will feature a series of videos highlighting the personal recovery stories of lawyers, judges, and law students who have overcome these issues. These videos send the message that recovery from addiction and mental health problems is entirely possible for legal professionals. Our goal is to ensure that fewer of our colleagues face these challenges alone.

Watch Video

 

Emotional Sobriety by Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous wrote about emotional sobriety in a letter he sent to a depressed friend in 1956.  This letter was eventually published in The Grapevine in 1958 titled “Emotional Sobriety: The Next Frontier.”

Read Letter

 

Law Firm/Organization Impairment Policy

In 2019, the Policy Committee of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and the ABA Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession developed this template to provide suggested guidelines to legal employers for responding to an employee who is experiencing impairment due to a substance use disorder, mental health disorder or cognitive impairment.

Read Policy

 

 

 

 

 

Lawyer Well-Being Week

Summer 2019

 

Crossing Over

Successful in every respect, this lawyer managed his drinking for years.  When the imaginary line was crossed and his drinking became unmanageable, he sought help through WVJLAP before facing major consequences.  The unexpected results of his recovery became a priceless gift. Read More

Only a Cultural Shift Can Improve Substance Abuse and Mental Health Problems in the Legal Profession

Read Article

Resilience in the Practice of Law

I grew up in a perfect family. I was trained to be a perfect lawyer. As a young attorney, I worked with perfect people in a perfectionist culture. Mistakes were not tolerated. Showing
emotions was unheard of. And seeking support was a sign of weakness. After years of trying to live up to an unattainable “perfect me,” the strain began to take a toll on my physical and
mental health. This was the turning point. I needed to make a change, so I began a new journey to improved well-being. A shift within me and events that followed led to profound
improvements in my job satisfaction, performance, and personal health. Read Article

New Well-Being Template for Legal Employers

The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and the ABA Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession developed this template to provide suggested guidelines to legal employers for responding to an employee who is experiencing impairment due to a substance use disorder, mental health disorder or cognitive impairment. Read Report

 You’re in a pickle.  Can a lawyer assistance program help?

Bree Buchanan discusses how lawyer assistance programs work, and how a person can reach out for assistance. Listen to Podcast