ABA Journal

Mental Health

35 ABA Journal Mental Health articles.

Lawyer is disbarred after missing multiple hearings; he blamed PTSD caused by his medical condition

A Virginia lawyer’s license to practice law has been revoked after former clients testified that he left them in the lurch while his license was suspended earlier this year.

As lawyer stress escalates during pandemic, LAP agencies see significant increase in calls

Mental health workers say lawyers are more anxious, stressed, depressed and burned out than ever, which was already a lot. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, may have lessened the stigma around attorneys seeking mental health services.

As the legal profession ages, dementia becomes an increasing concern

The legal profession may struggle to identify lawyers experiencing cognitive decline, partly because those who are struggling are good at hiding their problem.

More female than male lawyers are engaging in risky drinking, new study finds

A study of 2,863 attorneys compiled during the pandemic found that depression symptoms, anxiety and stress were higher among female respondents, and a larger percentage of women than men were and engaging in risky or hazardous drinking.

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer for accused Capitol rioter says ‘biatch’ less offensive; charge dropped against Boies Schiller partner

Lawyer for accused US Capitol rioter says ‘biatch’ is less offensive

A lawyer for accused U.S. Capitol rioter Richard “Bigo” Barnett of Gravette, Arkansas, has said his client didn’t use…

A BigLaw partner’s journey through clinical depression

Back in the day, I ran with the big dogs in BigLaw. Now, after suffering with clinical depression for more than 20 years and surviving a suicide attempt, I am happier than ever in the legal profession. My mental health journey is a cautionary tale, but one with a message of hope.

Police are often first responders to mental health crises, but tragedies are prompting change

Cases such as Quintonio LeGrier’s have prompted demands around the country to reform how police respond to people in mental health crises, a movement that advocates believe can help avert such deadly confrontations.

Afternoon Briefs: Judge trims maternity claims against BigLaw firm; prison guards ordered to wear body cams

Judge trims claims by ex-Morrison & Foerster lawyers

A magistrate judge is allowing two former lawyers at Morrison & Foerster to pursue punitive damages in their suit claiming that the…

How law firms reacted to racial injustice and the COVID-19 pandemic

Nearly three-fourths of surveyed law firms launched new programs to address racial injustice after Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the death of George Floyd last year, according to a new study.

Pro-Trump lawyer L. Lin Wood posts addresses of ethics board members after he learns of bar probe

A lawyer who advanced stolen election claims on behalf of former President Donald Trump is asking an “Army of Patriots” to investigate the State Bar of Georgia’s disciplinary board.

After filing election suits, pro-Trump lawyer L. Lin Wood is asked to undergo mental health evaluation

The State Bar of Georgia has asked lawyer L. Lin Wood Jr., a supporter of former President Donald Trump, to take a mental health examination after he got kicked off a defamation case for “surprising incompetence” in election litigation.

Harvard 2L is remembered with acts of kindness by more than a thousand people

More than a thousand people have recorded their acts of kindness to honor a second-year Harvard Law School student who lost his battle with depression on New Year’s Eve.

Afternoon Briefs: Former Trump adviser sues over FBI surveillance; ex-lawyer sentenced in Ponzi scheme

Former Trump campaign adviser sues over FBI surveillance

Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice for…

Surveyed midlevel associates discuss snacks, decor, boring work and burnout

Midlevel associates waxed philosophical, critiqued office food and decor, and discussed burnout in verbatim comments collected in an American Lawyer survey.

State bar takes ‘medieval approach to mental health,’ says Trump-appointed judge

A federal judge has chastised the Kentucky “Bar Bureaucracy” for its treatment of a bar applicant diagnosed with bipolar disorder, even as he tossed her lawsuit alleging violations of disability law and the equal protection clause.

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