March 01, 2015

Out of the Darkness: Overcoming Depression among Lawyers

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.
And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
“Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked.
And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—
And admirably schooled in every grace;
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.
So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.
—“Richard Cory,” Edwin Arlington Robinson

Bob was a practicing lawyer for more than 30 years. He participated in bar association events and was a frequent CLE speaker. Outside of his practice, he attended his local church and sang with community choirs. He fished and hunted and on occasion savored a single-malt scotch. He was gregarious, outgoing, and had more friends than could be counted.

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