October 22, 2019 Mental Health & Wellness

Firm Brings "Full Time" Positive Psychology to the Workplace

A well-known law firm's recent action speaks volumes about the importance of self-care for lawyers

By Joseph P. Beckman

We have all heard the adage that “actions speak louder than words.” A well-known law firm’s recent action speaks volumes about the importance of self-care for lawyers.

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In March, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP (ML) hired its first director of wellness to implement its ML Well program. This innovative formal program is available to lawyers and staff, with the goal of promoting the well-being of the entire ML team. ML was among the earlier signers of the ABA’s Well-Being Pledge, which calls on legal employers 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 lawyers; and (b) pledge to support the Campaign [to improve the substance use and mental health landscape of the legal profession] and work to adopt and prioritize its seven-point framework for building a better future.”

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