This year, we are reminded that the 19th Amendment was ratified 100 years ago after a decades-long movement for women’s suffrage. But did you know that the first female lawyer in the United States was admitted to the bar 151 years ago? In 1869, Arabella Mansfield took and passed the Iowa bar despite a state law restricting the bar exam to males over 21 years of age. But where the practice of law begins, stress and burnout often follow. Although lawyers today do not have to face the same challenges as Ms. Mansfield, lawyer burnout threatens thriving legal careers. It compounds the risk of heart disease, suicide, alcohol-related illness, and overdose.
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