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 St FL13, 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

New Journal: Divorce Law, Startling Stats on Addiction

The September Tennessee Bar Journal covers updates in divorce law, with details from B.J. Strickland about recent federal actions impacting military service members. Also, Family Matters columnists Marlene Eskind Moses and Ben Russ explain 2017 modifications to state child support laws. In perhaps one of the most important subjects, President Lucian Pera writes about recent studies showing how the legal profession has a much higher rate for addiction than other professions – and that those in the first 10 years of practice are most at risk. Pera offers startling statistics and helpful resources, suggesting that lawyers should be aware of warning signs and “if you see something, say something.”

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ABA Offers New Recommendations for Attorney Well-Being

A coalition of groups, including the American Bar Association Commission of Lawyer Assistance Programs, released a comprehensive report yesterday aimed at addressing the problem of substance use and mental health disorders of lawyers. The report includes recommendations on five central themes: identifying stakeholders and the role each can play in reducing the level of toxicity in the legal profession; eliminating the stigma associated with help-seeking behaviors; emphasizing that well-being is an indispensable part of a lawyer’s duty of competence; educating lawyers, judges and law students on lawyer well-being issues; and taking steps to change how law is practiced and how lawyers are regulated to instill greater well-being in the profession.
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