So many law students and lawyers have mental health issues. No one talks about it. Help us break the stigma. The ABA Law Student Division has selected March 28, 2016 as the official National Mental Health Day at law schools across the country. Law schools across the US can sponsor educational programs and events that teach and foster an understanding of severe depression and anxiety among law students and lawyers.
Events & CLE
Mindfulness Meditation: Managing Stress and Shifting from Surviving to Thriving as a Law Student or Lawyer
ABA Law Student Division and ABA Young Lawyers Division
March 30, 2016, 2:30 p.m. CDT - 3:30 p.m. CDT
Lawyers rank among the most anxious, depressed, and suicidal professional. It is essential that they cultivate the skills and inner resources that enable them to not only manage their high stress environment, but thrive in their work. In this webinar, Cory Muscara will share the evidence-based practice of mindfulness meditation. With over a thousand scientific studies supporting its efficacy, mindfulness is proving to be one of the most effective methods for reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout in working professionals. After this session, you will walk away with practical tools to begin a mindfulness meditation practice, manage stress in critical moments, and make the shift from surviving to thriving as a lawyer.
April 18, 2016, 1:00 PM - 2:35 PM ET
ABA Free CLE Series - a monthly program where members can earn FREE continuing legal education credits.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a recent report citing the legal profession as having the fourth highest rate for suicide. Attorneys are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than other professionals. Stress, financial and professional success, and burnout are some of the leading factors for depression and substance abuse. Numerous safeguards, such as lawyer assistance programs, self-identification of depression and work life balance initiatives have been created but none have provided an acceptable remedy.
Join the seasoned panel as they discuss:
- Stress management and emotional balance
- Peer-to-peer support groups
- Workaholic behaviors
- Proactive approaches to accommodating and supervising those at risk
April 26, 2016, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
There are few professional environments that are shifting more rapidly than those of attorneys. Lawyers are challenged to develop fresh leadership skills, and to become more adept at managing stress and well-being, so their professional roles can evolve as organizations face new kinds of ethical, legal and management challenges.
Staying steady and moving forward in your career despite the constant change requires you to be agile and resilient, willing to adjust your professional expectations, and able to respond quickly to opportunities and threats.
We’re Better Together - Lawyers Helping Lawyers in Vancouver
October 4-6, 2016
View archives for the 2015 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs.