ABA Journal

Mental Health

93 ABA Journal Mental Health articles.

How federal appeals judges’ opinions change as they get older

Older federal appeals judges are more likely to rely on “cognitive shortcuts” in their opinions than their younger counterparts, according to a study presented at a political science conference earlier this month.

Family First: A group of Washington lawyers works to keep infants with their mothers

While family separations have long been the norm when treating babies born dependent on substances, recent research suggests allowing a mother to stay with and care for her infant significantly improves their health outcomes.

Yale and student group settle dispute over mental health needs

Yale University has settled a federal lawsuit with a student group alleging that the school discriminated against students with mental health issues and pressured them to withdraw from classes.

Summer reading and back-to-law-school tips

It's time for The Modern Law Library's summer recommendations episode, in which host Lee Rawles shares her pop culture picks with you, plus a re-airing of one of our older episodes with current relevance.

General counsel respond to BigLaw attorneys’ concern over extreme client demands

BigLaw attorneys cite unreasonable or excessive demands from clients as a primary reason for their stress and anxiety, according to a survey by the American Lawyer on mental health in the legal profession.

Changing the culture at law firms to promote wellness and mental well-being

Whether it was the idea that stress was just part of the job or that taking time out for your wellness was a sign of weakness, the legal industry has not always made mental well-being a priority. Some law firms are trying to change that.

9th Circuit dissenters take aim at state-created danger doctrine

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco should narrow the state-created danger doctrine, according to four judges who dissented when the appeals court refused to grant an en banc rehearing in a lawsuit over a mother’s drowning of her 10-month-old twins.

Most class of 2019 law grads are satisfied with their jobs, but debt still affects life choices, new study says

Forty-seven percent of class of 2019 law graduates are “extremely satisfied” with their current job, up from 42% of class of 2018 graduates who were surveyed a year ago, according to a new report by the National Association for Law Placement and the NALP Foundation.

Identifying and eliminating implicit bias toward psychiatric disabilities in the legal profession

“Don’t let it happen again.” When I heard the statement, my body melted into my chair as I sat staring toward the screen in our Zoom meeting. Shock spread through my body for several moments—no words came. I was petrified and let waves of shame and disbelief flow through my body.

Mental health initiatives aren’t curbing lawyer stress and anxiety, new study shows

Despite increasing focus on mental health and well-being in the legal profession, lawyers are reportedly dealing with more stress, anxiety and depression, according to the 2023 ALM and Law.com Compass Mental Health Survey of the Legal Profession.

Law schools should take on students’ mental health and substance use from day one

We must remind our students constantly that seeking help is a sign of strength that will not be held against them in school, when applying for admission to the bar or when applying for employment.

How lawyers can embrace their inner ‘chicken’

"Chicken?" Why not? I would like to talk about a subject many of us in the legal profession are afraid to discuss: fear. As lawyers, our work can be stressful, leaving us gripped with fear. This must be a relevant issue, as with my glance at a thesaurus, I note that there are at least three synonyms for fear beginning with the just letter “a” alone—namely “anxiety,” “alarm” and “angst.”

California rolling out ‘CARE Court’ program that offers treatment to people with psychosis

California is embarking on a new "CARE Court" program that will help people with psychotic disorders get comprehensive mental health treatment.

Irregular hours could be detrimental to solo lawyers’ mental health, new Clio report says

A majority of solo lawyers want flexibility to set their hours, but working irregular and extended hours could come at the expense of their mental health, according to Clio’s 2023 Legal Trends for Solo Law Firms report.

Michigan justice encourages struggling lawyers to get help as he announces mental health treatment

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein announced Tuesday that he will miss a special oral argument session April 26 because he is getting mental health treatment.

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