The ABA Law Student Division has selected March 28th as the official National Mental Health Day at law schools across the country. Law schools are encouraged to sponsor educational programs and events that teach and foster breaking the stigma associated with severe depression and anxiety among law students and lawyers.
National Mental Health Day for Law Schools - March 28, 2018
Live Twitter Chat on Law Student Wellness | March 28, 2018 | 1-2pm ET
Students face myriad issues and stressors as they transition both into law school and ultimately from law school into the profession. Some students will seek assistance when issues and pressures mount, while others will attempt to go it alone. In recognition of Mental Health Day, on March 28, 2018, the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and Law Student Division will be hosting a live Twitter Chat on law student wellness. This national Twitter Chat aims to encourage students to seek help when they need it, by addressing questions around stigma, bar application character and fitness, and anything else on the minds of students and those who care about them. From 1:00 to 2:00pm Eastern time, @ABACoLAP and @ABAlsd will be discussing the topic over Twitter with special guests:
- Mistie Bauscher, Former *Conditional Admittee (@bauschlawyer)
Mistie Bauscher, a Caldwell native, is a criminal trial attorney and a partner in the Briggs & Bauscher law firm. She graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University in 2004. Ms. Bauscher obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Idaho in 2010, finishing among the top 25 percent of her class. She is a member of the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
- Brian Cuban, author of The Addicted Lawyer (@bcuban)
Brian Cuban is a Dallas based attorney, author and addiction recovery advocate. He is graduate of Penn State University and The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Brian has been in long term recovery from alcohol, cocaine and bulimia since April of 2007. Brian’s most recent, best-selling book, The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of The Bar, Booze, Blow, & Redemption, is an un-flinching look back at how addiction and other mental health issues destroyed his career as a once successful lawyer and how he and others in the profession redefined their lives in recovery and found redemption.
- Amanda Lee, Harvard Law School, Student Government President (@HLS_StudentGov)
Amanda Lee grew up in Long Island, NY and graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Prior to law school, she taught English in Thailand on a Fulbright scholarship and worked at a non-profit in Arizona to improve access to safety net programs like SNAP. At Harvard Law School, Amanda is the President of Student Government and previously served as the Vice President of the Women’s Law Association, an Articles Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and a representative at the Tenant Advocacy Project. Next year, she will join Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as an associate.
All are encouraged to follow along by tracking tweets with #LawStudentWellness and to participate with questions and comments by using #LawStudentWellness in your tweets.
TIP: At the time of the Chat, search #LawStudentWellness then click "Latest" to track the conversation.
*Conditional bar admission may be available when conduct that would otherwise render an applicant unfit is caused by substance use/mental health disorder and there is a showing of recent successful rehabilitation or treatment.
Help spread the word! Below are some downloadable materials:
"The Path to Law Student Well-Being" is a new podcast series sponsored by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The series is a response to the call for action in the 2017 Report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, which sets out action items for the legal community, including specific steps law schools can take, to shift the culture of the legal profession towards one that is focused on well-being.
The inaugural 2-part episode features two short conversations with Dean and Professor of Law Michael Hunter Schwartz of the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law and Professor Larry Krieger of the Florida State University College of Law and is moderated by Professor Susan Wawrose of the University of Dayton School of Law.
Dean Schwartz is a recognized expert and the author of numerous books and articles on the subject of law student teaching and learning, including his book, What the Best Law Teachers Do. He has also been ranked for the past three years in a row by National Jurist magazine as one of the most influential legal educators.
Professor Krieger is well-known for his groundbreaking work on law student well-being, including how values and motivation affect law student and lawyer satisfaction and the role law schools play in shaping law student values and in humanizing the profession. He has also has done significant research measuring the psychological changes of law students during law school.
- Law Student Substance Abuse & Mental Health Toolkit
"Substance Abuse and Mental Health Toolkit for Law Students and Those Who Care About Them," a collaborative effort of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, the ABA Law Student Division, and the Dave Nee Foundation.