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We’re back with another Wellness Wednesday roundup from LexisNexis. As usual, we’ve collected here a few articles or resources about staying healthy in the legal industry — a task that can often seem Sisyphean in nature.
This week, we have two articles from Law.com as part of their ongoing, in-depth exploration of mental health and wellness in the law called “Minds Over Matters”:
First, an open letter from Dentons partner Jana Cohen Barbe that asks if doing away with the billable hour — a fundamental revamp of law firm billing and performance metrics — would help alleviate the often crippling stresses lawyers face on a regular basis. Read it here.
Next, Karen Sloane looks at student-led mental health and wellness programs aimed at making sure the next generation of lawyers has the tools they need to make it. She notes that law students at schools across the country are pushing their educational institutions to invest in more and bigger wellness initiatives. Check that out here.
Third this week, we have a powerful blog published on Above The Law by Dallas attorney Steven Dunn, who details the heartbreaking loss of his daughter after anorexia damaged her heart. Now, Dunn dedicates himself to advocacy for mental health programs for adolescents and families through the Morgan Foundation, named after his daughter. Read that here.
And finally this week, Law360, a LexisNexis company, has dedicated the main story of their “Pro Say” podcast to the issue of burnout among immigration attorneys. According to Law360: “Immigration senior reporter Nicole Narea joins us this week to talk about immigration attorney burnout. We talk about how the all of the upheaval in the area of immigration has taken its toll on attorneys in the trenches, and we offer some ideas for how to cope that apply to immigration attorneys, but also to any professional trying to handle a stressful job.”