TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jan 20, 2021

A recent study by ALM revealed that 74% of attorneys polled said the legal profession has had a negative impact on their mental health over time, while 56% said mental health problems and substance abuse are worse in the legal industry than in other industries, and 41% think these issues are at a “crisis level” in the legal industry. The suicide death of Sidley Austin partner Gabe MacConaill made these numbers more personal, Above the Law reports, while MacConaill's widow's op-ed “Big Law Killed My Husband” struck a nerve with lawyers everywhere. Another Sidley Austin partner, Kent Halkett, recently opened up about his struggles with mental illness in the January/February 2021 issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal. He urges the legal industry to “create a culture where all attorneys ‘feel safe’ to reach out to their family, friends or professional colleagues another attorney or, as appropriate, their firm or local bar association.”