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Well-Being Pledge Campaign

Well-Being Pledge Campaign

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The ABA Well-Being Campaign was launched to improve the substance use and mental health landscape of the legal profession, with an emphasis on helping legal employers support a  healthy and sustainable work environment. The primary vehicle for the Campaign is a Pledge calling upon legal employers (including the judiciary, law firms, law schools, corporate entities, government agencies, and legal aid organizations) to: (a) recognize that substance use and mental health problems represent a significant challenge for the legal profession and acknowledge that more can and should be done to improve the health and well-being of those in the legal community (including judges, lawyers, staff, and students); and (b) support and prioritize the Pledge’s seven-point framework for building a better future.

Legal employers who do so will be recognized on this website as Signatories to the Pledge. Each Signatory will then receive a recommitment form annually, asking them to describe any steps taken toward the objectives set out in the framework during the previous year and to recommit to the Pledge.

Signatories are recognized as leaders in the national effort to support mental health and well-being in the legal profession. Participating in the Pledge is a visible way (with no fee) to help break down the four barriers to obtaining mental health support: stigma, cost, awareness, and accessibility.

Other benefits of becoming a Pledge Signatory include:

  1. Premier opportunity to demonstrate publicly your commitment to well-being in the legal profession.
  2. Alignment with a framework—through the Pledge’s seven commitments—that helps your organization structure its well-being focus and initiatives.
  3. Invitations to two complimentary workshops per year with opportunities to hear from well-being experts in the profession and to collaborate and brainstorm with other well-being advocates in the profession.
  4. Access to the ABA Well-Being Pledge Communities page, which provides an online platform to facilitate the sharing of ideas and resources among Signatories.
  5. Access to resources on the Communities page, including data collected from the recommitment forms, such as lists of speakers and vendors relied upon by Signatories in their well-being initiatives.

For a more detailed description of the Campaign as well as a quote from ABA Past-President Bob Carlson in support of the initiative, see the official ABA Press Release.

Watch this Video Message from ABA Past-President Bob Carlson highlighting the ABA's efforts to improve lawyer well-being.          


Pledge Members - 238 Signatories

Adams and Reese, LLP
Member since 2022

American Bar Association
Member since 2019

American Water
Member since 2021

Arnold & Porter
Member since 2020

3M
Member since 2018

Akerman LLP
Member since 2018

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP*
Member since 2018

Alston & Bird
Member since 2019

American University Washington
College of Law 
Member since 2019

ArentFox Schiff
Member since 2022

Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois
Member since 2019

Ave Maria School of Law
Member since 2019

Baker Botts LLP
Member since 2019

BakerHostetler
Member since 2019

Ballard Spahr LLP
Member since 2019

Barclays
Member since 2019

Barclay Damon LLP
Member since 2020

Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Member since 2018

Bayer U.S.
Member since 2023

Benjamin N. CardozoSchool of Law 
Member since 2023

Beveridge & Diamond PC
Member since 2021

Blank Rome LLP
Member since 2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Member since 2020

Bracewell LLP
Member since 2019

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Member since 2019

Bright Spot
Member since 2023

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP
Member since 2019

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Member since 2018

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Member since 2018

Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.
Member since 2023

Butler Snow LLP
Member since 2022

BYU Law School
Member since 2022

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Member since 2018

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Member since 2021

Carlton Fields
Member since 2020

Case Western Reserve University
School of Law 
Member since 2023

Chapman and Cutler LLP
Member since 2019

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
Member since 2020

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Member since 2019

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Member since 2021

Clifford Chance US LLP 
Member since 2019

Clyde & Co LLP
Member since 2019

Cohen Seglias
Member since 2023

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Member since 2019

Cook County State's Attorney's Office
Member since 2021

Cooley LLP
Member since 2018

Covington & Burling LLP
Member since 2020

Cozen O'Connor
Member since 2018

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP 
Member since 2019

Crowell & Moring LLP
Member since 2018

Crumpton Collaborative Solutions
Member since 2023

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Member since 2019

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Member since 2022

Day Pitney LLP
Member since 2019

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Member since 2020

Dechert LLP
Member since 2019

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Member since 2021

Dominion Energy/Law Department
Member since 2023

Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Member since 2018

Duane Morris LLP*
Member since 2018

Dunlap Law PLC
Member since 2023

Dykema
Member since 2019

ECIJA
Member since 2023

Epstein Becker Green
Member since 2021

EsquireWell
Member since 2023

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Member since 2019

Everview
Member since 2023

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Member since 2020

Fenwick & West LLP
Member since 2019

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Member since 2019

Fish & Richardson P.C.
Member since 2019

FIU College of Law
Member since 2020

Foley Hoag LLP
Member since 2019

Foley & Lardner LLP
Member since 2018

Foley Law PC
Member since 2022

Fordham University School of Law
Member since 2020

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP
Member since 2023

Fox Rothschild LLP
Member since 2019

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Member since 2019

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Member since 2018

Frost Brown Todd LLC 
Member since 2022

Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty, LLP
Member since 2023

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Member since 2018

Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP
Member since 2019

GoodSmith Gregg & Unruh LLP
Member since 2022

Goodwin Procter LLP
Member since 2018

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP
Member since 2019

Gould & Ratner
Member since 2020

Goulston & Storrs PC
Member since 2023

GrantLaw PLLC
Member since 2023

Greenberg Traurig
Member since 2024

Greene Espel PLLP
Member since 2018

Harris Beach PLLC
Member since 2024

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Member since 2020

Hausfeld
Member since 2019

Haynes and Boone, LLP 
Member since 2019

Heiting & Irwin, APLC
Member since 2018

High Point University
Kenneth F. Kahn School of Law
Member since 2024

Holland & Knight LLP
Member since 2018

Honigman*
Member since 2018

Houslanger & Associates, PLLC
Member since 2023

Howard University
School of Law
Member since 2019

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP 
Member since 2019 

Husch Blackwell LLP 
Member since 2019

Ice Miller LLP
Member since 2024

Institute for Electronics and
Electrical Engineers Inc. (IEEE)
Member since 2023

Jackson Lewis P.C.
Member since 2018

Jenner & Block LLP
Member since 2018

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
Member since 2019

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Member since 2018

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Member since 2019

K & L Gates LLP
Member since 2019

Khamoushian Law Group
Member since 2023

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Member since 2021

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Member since 2020

Kutak Rock LLP
Member since 2023

Lane Powell PC
Member since 2021

Lewis Roca
Member since 2024

Latham & Watkins LLP*
Member since 2018

Lawrence & Bundy LLC
Member since 2020

Lewis Thomason
Member since 2018

Linklaters LLP
Member since 2018

Locke Lord LLP
Member since 2018

Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.
Member since 2020

Louisville Bar Association
Member since 2024

Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Member since 2019

Loyola Law School - Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles
Member since 2019

Mayer Brown LLP
Member since 2019

Mayo Clinic
Member since 2021

McCarter & English, LLP
Member since 2022

McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Member since 2018

McLane Middleton
Member since 2020

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
Member since 2019

Medtronic plc
Member since 2022

Michael Best
Member since 2021

Milbank
Member since 2020

Miller & Chevalier
Member since 2019

Miller Nash LLP
Member since 2023

Minnesota Child Support Magistrates SCAO
Member since 2024

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Member since 2018

The Mississippi Bar
Member since 2020

Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Member since 2022

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP*
Member since 2018

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Member since 2019

Morrison & Foerster LLP
Member since 2018

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP 
Member since 2019

National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC)
Member since 2020

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Member since 2019

Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Member since 2018

Nichols Kaster, PLLP
Member since 2022

Nilan Johnson Lewis PA
Member since 2023

Nixon Peabody LLP*
Member since 2018

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Member since 2019

Nossaman LLP
Member since 2023

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash,
Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Member since 2018

O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Member since 2018

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Member since 2018

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Member since 2018

Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C.
Member since 2021

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Member since 2018

Perkins Coie LLP*
Member since 2018

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Member since 2018

Porter  Hedges LLP
Member since 2019

Proskauer Rose LLP 
Member since 2019

Quarles & Brady LLP
Member since 2019

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Member since 2018

Redgrave LLP
Member since 2019

Reed Smith, LLP*
Member since 2018

Regent University School of Law
Member since 2021

Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.
Member since 2021

Robertson and Eastering PLLC
Member since 2023

Robins Kaplan LLP
Member since 2019

Robinson & Cole LLP
Member since 2019

Ropes & Gray LLP
Member since 2020

Rutgers Law School 
Member since 2019

 Santa Clara University
School of Law
Member since 2019

San Jose Sharks
Member since 2021

Saul Ewing Arnstein  & Lehr LLP
Member since 2019

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP 
Member since 2019

Selendy & Gay PLLC
Member since 2019

Seyfarth Shaw LLP*
Member since 2018

Shearman & Sterling LLP
Member since 2019

Sheppard Mullin
Member since 2018

Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.
Member since 2019

Shutts & Bowen LLP
Member since 2023

Sidley Austin LLP
Member since 2018

S.J. Quinney College of Law
Member since 2019

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Member since 2018

Snell & Wilmer LLP*
Member since 2018

Stinson LLP
Member since 2019

Stoel Rives LLP
Member since 2019

Stokes Lawrence, P.S.
Member since 2019

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP
Member since 2019

Squire Patton Boggs LLP 
Member since 2019

Suffolk University Law School 
Member since 2019

UIC John Marshall Law School
Member since 2019

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Member since 2023

Tarley Robinson
Member since 2024

Taylor English Duma LLP
Member since 2022

The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Co.
Member since 2020

The Towne Law Firm, P.C.
Member since 2023

The University of Tulsa College of Law
Member since 2019

The Virginia Bar Association
Member since 2024

The Wallace Law Firm PLC
Member since 2023

Thompson Coburn LLP
Member since 2021

Thompson Hine LLP
Member since 2023

UB Greensfelder
Member since 2024

UC Irvine School of Law 
Member since 2019

University of Cincinnati
College of Law 
Member since 2020

University of Connecticut
School of Law 
Member since 2019

University of Denver
Sturm College of Law
Member since 2023

University of Maine
School of Law 
Member since 2019

University of Miami
School of Law 
Member since 2019

University of Michigan Law School
Member since 2024

The University of Minnesota Law School
Member since 2019

University of Mississippi
School of Law 
Member since 2019

University of Missouri
Kansas City School of Law
Member since 2022

University of San Diego
School of Law 
Member since 2019

University of St. Thomas 
School of Law (MN)
Member since 2019

University of  South Carolina 
School of Law 
Member since 2022

University of Toledo
College of Law
Member since 2019

University of  Washington 
School of Law 
Member since 2023

U.S. Bank
Member since 2019

Vanderbilt Law School
Member since 2019

VedderPrice
Member since 2021

Verrill Dana LLP
Member since 2021

Vinson & Elkins
Member since 2023

von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
Member since 2021

Waller
Member since 2019

Washington Council of Lawyers
Member since 2019

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Member since 2019

Wiggin and Dana LLP
Member since 2022

Wiley Rein LLP*
Member since 2018

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Member since 2018

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Member since 2018

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Member since 2022

Womble Bond Dickinson LLP
Member since 2021

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
Member since 2023

Zelle LLP
Member since 2023

*Indicates initial signer.

Past Pledge Members

Click here to download a PDF of the Infographic. 

ABA Well-Being Pledge January 2021 Update

Presented by the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.  

Reports on the data collected from the 2020 Pledge Recommitment Forms have been compiled in several resources, including a presentation highlighting the successes and challenges reported by Pledge Signatories.   Learn more.

Well-Being Template for Legal Employers

The Policy Committee of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and the ABA Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession developed a Well-Being Template for Legal Employers to provide suggested guidelines to legal employers for responding to an employee who is experiencing impairment due to a substance use disorder, mental health disorder or cognitive impairment. The template is intended to serve as a tool that can be modified as needed to suit the individual employer. Each employer should tailor this document to meet the specific needs of its workplace, taking into consideration size, resources and practice setting, as well as consult with labor and employment counsel. 

Access the template here.

Well-Being Toolkit for Lawyers and Legal Employers

The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being’s 2017 report shined a spotlight on evidence that too many lawyers face mental health and substance use disorders or otherwise aren’t thriving. Wanting to support the effort to catalyze positive change, American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass formed a Presidential Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession in September 2017. Its focus is on helping legal employers support healthy work environments, which are critical for lawyer wellness. Research shows that if workplace cultures support well-being, lawyers will be better able to make good choices that allow them to thrive and be their best for clients, colleagues, and work organizations.  

Many legal employers are ready to become positive change agents but have been unsure where to start. The new Well-Being Toolkit for Lawyers and Legal Employers is designed to help. It offers tools and practical guidance for legal employers who want to join the lawyer well-being movement by launching organizational initiatives. The Toolkit, created by Presidential Working Group member Anne Brafford (a lawyer and organizational science researcher) can be viewed as a design prototype. It is meant to be a living document that will continue to develop and improve—an effort in which you are encouraged to participate. You can do so by trying out the Toolkit and offering feedback on what’s helpful, what can be improved, and what other resources are available. The Toolkit is offered as another step on the path to lawyer well-being—to help lawyers be their best as they carry out their critical roles contributing to the vitality of our government, business sector, community safety, and individual lives.

Also available is the Well-Being Toolkit Nutshell: 80 Tips For Lawyer Thriving, summarizing 80 of the Toolkit’s key items to help get you started on a lawyer well-being initiative. 

Note for Use: The Toolkit is filled with electronic hyperlinks to websites and online resources that appear in blue underlined type. As a result, it is intended primarily for online viewing. If you decide to print the document in hard copy, select “fit to page” in your print dialogue box to ensure proper printing.

                      

Resolution 105

ABA House of Delegates Adopts Lawyer Well-Being Resolution at Midyear Meeting

Resolution 105 – primarily sponsored by the Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession – was adopted by the ABA House of Delegates at the Midyear Meeting in Vancouver. Resolution 105 supports the goal of reducing mental health and substance use disorders and improving the well-being of lawyers, judges and law students, and urges stakeholders within the legal profession to consider the recommendations set out in The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being

Resolution 105 was co-sponsored by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism and the National Organization of Bar Counsel.

Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession 

The Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession was formed in September 2017 at the request of Past-President Hilarie Bass and asked to continue its work under Past-President Bob Carlson’s leadership. The Working Group was created to examine and make recommendations regarding the current state of attorney mental health and substance use issues with an emphasis on helping legal employers support healthy work environments. The Working Group included representatives from lawyer assistance programs, bar associations, law firms and malpractice insurance carriers.

The Working Group developed the profession-wide behavioral health campaign and pledge to help foster substantial improvements regarding the current state of attorney mental health and substance use issues with an emphasis on helping legal employers support healthy work environment. Following the conclusion of the Working Group’s term in 2019, its initiatives and projects, including the Well-Being Pledge Campaign transitioned to the leadership of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.

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