2019 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs

Bree Buchanan


Bree Buchanan, MSF, JD, is a founding co-chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being and is a co-author of its groundbreaking 2017 report: The Path to Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change. Ms. Buchanan is chair of the ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and served as Director of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program from 2013 until retirement in 2018.

Ms. Buchanan, upon graduation from the University of Texas School of Law, practiced in the public and private sector with a focus on representing both adult and child victims of family violence. She worked on public policy initiatives and systems change at both the state and federal level as the Public Policy Director for the Texas Council on Family Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. After this position, Ms. Buchanan was appointed Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the Children's Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law.

Ms. Buchanan is a frequent speaker for national law-related organizations and global law firms, as well as for state and local bar entities, on strategies for lawyer well-being and impairment. In 2018, she graduated from the Seminary of the Southwest with a Masters in Spiritual Formation. Ms. Buchanan tends to her own well-being by engaging in a regular meditation practice, rowing, staying connected to 12-Step recovery and being willing to ask for help when she needs it.