The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change

Production Date: January 22, 2018 Practice Areas: Law Practice Management Estimated Length: 3688 minutes


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Abraham Lincoln advised that “the best way to predict the future is to create it.” Presently, the leaders of our legal profession stand at a crossroads in this construction effort. To maintain the status quo is not an option. Too many in our profession are too exhausted, too impaired, too disengaged, or too self-absorbed to develop into their best selves. Many find themselves in a profession drained of civility and compassion and plagued by chronic stress, poor self-care, and high rates of depression and alcohol abuse. The result is that the profession is not living up to its full potential as an institution in which attorneys can thrive, best serve their clients, and contribute to a better society. Further, research shows that the current state of lawyers’ health cannot sustain a profession that depends upon the public trust, and is grounded in a tradition of self-regulation.

In this program, panelists James Coyle and Tracy Kepler will provide information on two recent studies that revealed the high rates of substance use and mental health disorders among law students and lawyers, statistics that served as catalysts for a Report from the National Task Force on Attorney Well-Being. They will present recommendations to multiple legal stakeholders, including legal employers, regulators and bar associations, on what they can each do to institute a culture change so that well-being becomes a priority. Much focus will be placed on Rule 1.1 (competence) of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and the recognition that well-being is an essential aspect of competent and ethical practice. The speakers will present information on how all members of the profession can work to promote attorney well-being, and in so doing ensure fitness to practice, competent representation and ethical engagement.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the various statistics demonstrating the prevalence of substance use and mental health disorders in the legal community
  2. Develop best practices that legal organizations can utilize and implement in order to ensure and improve attorney well-being
  3. Identify the ethical obligations that attorneys and legal organizations have to promote attorney well-being, with a particular focus on Rule 1.1 (competence) of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct

Please note: this course will be for general credit only in Virginia.

Antoine M.
frederick, MD

Valuable and critical information for lawyer well-being

Heather S.
Fairview, NC

One of, if not the best CLE I have watched. Thank you.

Chris R.
Las Vegas, NV

Fantastic seminar which should be required viewing for all regulators.

Kim K.
Greenville, SC

This was some of the BEST content I have heard/read in YEARS! I think if I had worked with partners who took this kind of approach to life, I may have enjoyed working in a law firm a LOT more. The overworked, don't take a break, don't spend time with your family mentality is completely overrated! I also appreciate the nuance the presenters mentioned to thinking about WHY some people are uncomfortable at firm functions with a lot of alcohol. There are sooooo many reasons why people don't drink (health, family history, life choice, religion, etc.) and no one EVER talks about that. They just assume everyone drinks and you're "different" if you don't want to hang out at the bar for the meeting after the meeting. Again, I enjoyed this CLE. PLEASE pass on this message to presenters to continue their advocacy to get this message to law school students. They don't have to give up their lives and wellbeing to practice law.

Anne W.
Richmond, VA

Great presentation

Kenneth C.
West Chester, PA

Great presenters and effective conversational format. Thanks!

Kerry L.
Charlotte, NC

Bravo! Finally some real suggestions for how to improve this issues in our profession. THE HIGHER UPS need to be required to watch this and their pay should be determined by their implementation of these checklists. Well done.

Steven W.
Clifton, VA

Should be a required program for all lawyers, should be more courses like this.

David M.
Poulsbo, WA

Awesome CLE

Shaun E.
Tucson, AZ

Great and effective presenters.

Kris W.
Charlotte, NC

Good suggestions and presentation!