Attorney Well Being Committee

This Committee works to enhance the understanding of issues associated with attorney well being through education and other awareness activities. The Committee also explores programs, accumulates data and provides analysis to enhance attorney well being.

Chair
513 Fairfax Ave
Nashville, TN 372124010
(615)298-3175
Immediate Past Chair
Tennessee Dept of Treasury
502 Deaderick Street, Andrew Jackson Bldg
Nashville, TN 37243
(615)741-7902
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Tomorrow is Law Student Mental Health Day

Tomorrow is the new date for the American Bar Association’s Law Student Mental Health Day, which aims to promote well-being among the nation’s future attorneys. Planned by the ABA’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, the Law Student Division and the Young Lawyers Division, the day was moved from March 28 to Oct. 10 to encourage law students to start thinking about mental health issues earlier in the school year. A study conducted in the spring of 2014 among more than 3,000 law students found that 17 percent of law students screened positive for depression, 37 percent for anxiety and 21 percent reported thoughts of suicide. Forty-three percent reported binge-drinking habits as well. The ABA Journal reports that two upcoming webinars focused on well-being and recovery are planned for this week.
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ABA Launches Campaign to Improve Mental Health, Substance Abuse Issues Among Attorneys

The American Bar Association has launched a campaign targeting substance-use disorders and mental health issues among lawyers. The campaign, organized by the ABA Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession, is designed to address the profession’s troubling rates of alcohol and other substance-use disorders, as well as mental health issues. Recent studies have documented that lawyers struggle with these problems at levels substantially above both the general population and other highly educated professionals. The campaign’s goals are to raise awareness, facilitate a reduction in the incidence of problematic substance-use and mental health distress and improve lawyer well-being. The seven-point pledge identifies the core areas on which firms should focus and the concrete steps they should take as they seek to achieve those goals.
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