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We’re back once again with our weekly Wellness Wednesday roundup!
First up this week, an expert analysis series on Law360 exploring the impact of the American Bar Association’s seven-step mental health pledge. This installment, penned by Reed Smith LLP’s Casey Ryan, explores steps firms can take to foster a healthier culture in the workplace. Ryan discusses Reed Smith’s “Wellness Works” initiative and how it dovetails into the ABA’s pledge, as well as the firm’s results after a year. Check that out here.
If you’re a lawyer in Virginia, you may want to check out the Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s new wellness blog that was inspired by a rising tide of interest after the paper began covering wellness issues over the last couple years. Read editor Paul Fletcher’s story about why they started the blog here and then check out reporter Maura Mazurowski’s first installment on self-care for busy people here.
Next up, the Clark County Bar Association in Nevada (home to Las Vegas) is offering a free, 3-part wellness for lawyers webcast series. The series will cover topics including substance abuse, depression and anxiety, and healthy strategies. Learn more about that here.
And finally this week, the ABA Journal has this troubling bit of news coming out of an ALM report: Some 42% of summer associates say they’re concerned about mental health and well-being as an attorney. When evaluating a firm’s job offer, summer associates say mental health and work-life balance, practice area strength and location were their top 3 concerns. Read more here.
Be sure to check back next week for more wellness info and tips from around the legal industry.