Lawyer Wellness

883 ABA Journal Lawyer Wellness articles.

Ethical dilemmas emerge when attorneys keep mental health struggles private
Sidley Austin should have seen the signals that something was not right with 42-year-old partner Gabe MacConaill, who died by suicide in 2018, Sharon Nelson argued during a Friday panel at ABA Techshow called “The Intersection of Ethics and Well-Being.”
Former BigLaw partner is suspended after writing himself checks from firm, claiming gambling addiction
A former partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker has been suspended after an ethics panel concluded that he wrote himself checks from the law firm’s operating account and then lied about a gambling addiction.
When caring costs you: Lawyers can experience vicarious trauma from work
Afternoon Briefs: Law firm agrees to solicitation settlement; judge is accused of funds theft

Law firm to pay nearly $1M to drivers it solicited from crash reports

Utah-based law firm Craig Swapp & Associates will pay nearly $1 million to thousands of Washington drivers…

4 exercises to improve your legal abilities in 2020
Being a lawyer is such a mental exercise that we often forget that we have physical bodies we need to maintain and nurture. This often results in poor health, stress, fatigue and even addiction. What better time to start a new habit than the new year! We all have unused resolutions. Here are some that are actually good for you.
Top 5 Your Voice columns of 2019

The Your Voice columns of 2019 that we found most impactful were the ones that dug deeper, got personal and exposed the human side of the profession, and justice, itself—and sometimes they included a little humor, too.

Suit claims BigLaw firm took over corporate client’s finances and took advantage of its impaired CEO
A lawsuit filed Thursday claims that Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and its lawyers took advantage of a corporate CEO who was suffering from substance abuse and mental health problems.
Need flu shots, physical therapy or counseling? BigLaw firm has an on-site clinic for that
Latham & Watkins announced Thursday that it has opened an on-site health care clinic at its Los Angeles office and will be opening another in New York in 2020.
How much time do you spend on your cellphone or tablet?

Lawyer and author Jeena Cho writes in her latest On Well-being column that she discovered during a monthlong silent meditation retreat how addicted she was to her iPhone.

“It’s…

Top tips for lawyers to stay in control of their business development

From daily happiness levels at work to reframing how you think about competition, brand expert and lawyer Katy Goshtasbi offers ways for lawyers stay on top when it comes to business development—whether it’s their own brand or their firm’s brand.

The legal profession doesn’t have a leadership problem—it has a character problem

“We’ve become self-important takers who favored me over you, more over less, and shiny objects over personal connections,” writes lawyer Charles P. Edwards. He discusses why having good character is important for leaders in the legal field.

8 ways to enhance workplace inclusivity through physical space and design
While it’s not far-fetched to speculate that changing office temperatures more than a few degrees in either direction could turn the thermostat into courtroom evidence, have entities that are committed to inclusion in the workplace considered whether a rise from 70 to 72 degrees might be enough to keep everyone more comfortable and increase overall productivity?
What advice do you have for lawyers experiencing seasonal affective disorder?

As the first day of fall kicked off last week, it’s clear that there’s been a decrease in daylight.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, half a million Americans have…

42% of summer associates surveyed say they are concerned about mental health

Mental health is a concern and work-life balance a priority for many summer associates surveyed by the American Lawyer this year.

Forty-two percent said they are concerned about mental health…

What advice do you have for lawyers experiencing anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, affecting 40 million American adults age 18 and…

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