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Welcome back for another Wellness Wednesday roundup from LexisNexis. Each week we select a few items related to health and wellness for those who work in the legal industry.
First up, the American Bar Association recently held a panel on the opioid crisis at its 2019 annual meeting. The panelists included Sidley Austin’s David Hoffman, Dr. Susan Bailey of the American Medical Association, and Motley Rice’s Anne McGinness Kearse. Learn more about the panel here.
Next, the ABA has set a 90-minute webcast event for September 12 on the topic of “Using Emotional Intelligence to Promote Lawyer Wellness.” Emotional intelligence is “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically,” according to the Oxford Dictionary. The ABA’s event will be free for members, or $100 for non-members, and offers CLE credit. Check that out here.
The ABA for Law Students has shared this list of mental health resources for all the future lawyers out there, including a downloadable toolkit for law schools looking to join in on a national mental health day in October. There’s also a list of blogs, articles, and info on lawyer assistance programs, eating disorders and more. It looks like a fantastic and in-depth resource, so explore that here.
Meanwhile, Above the Law has published this article with a variety of tips for 1Ls just starting out in law school, with special mention of taking care of mental health. They may not all mention mental health and wellness, but each of these tips is designed to help keep 1Ls on the right track, reducing stress and setting them up for success. Avoiding drama, properly managing your schedule and even how you take notes will all factor into how you’re feeling as you trek through the mountains of learning ahead. Read that one here.
Next, Law.com explores an aspect of mental health in the legal industry that’s often overlooked: Law firm staffers who aren’t lawyers are facing a lot of the same pressures that their colleagues do. And those staffers, writes Dylan Jackson, “are feeling neglected.” Learn more about that here.
And lastly this week, Law360 reporter Aebra Coe attended the ABA’s annual meeting and the legal news service has published this article on how “Promoting mental health and well-being among public interest attorneys goes beyond creating healthy work environments and has a direct impact on the quality and availability of legal services accessible to low-income people.” Panelists at the meeting discussed high burn-out rates for public defenders, how stress affects the body, and how the most vulnerable people are the ones who most need a lawyer who can do their best work. Read Coe’s report on the panel event here.
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