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Time again for another Wellness Wednesday Roundup here at LexTalk from LexisNexis. Each week we present to you a few recent pieces regarding health and wellness in the legal industry, a topic that’s becoming more and more prevalent with each passing day.
First up, from Law.com we have a commentary on parental leave policies and why, in the writers’ view, employers ought to be offering equal amounts of leave to both mothers and fathers. Read that here: https://www.law.com/njlawjournal/2019/12/02/to-leave-or-not-to-leave-a-case-for-normalized-parental-leave-policies/
Elsewhere, the American Bar Association reports that it has garnered more than 160 signatories for its attorney well-being pledge. The ABA says those signing on “include law firms, corporate entities, law schools, government agencies and legal aid organizations,” and that the pledge aims to combat the “legal profession’s high rates of substance-use disorders and mental health issues.” Read more on that here: https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2019/11/aba-wellness-pledge-update/
Meanwhile, it’s BigLaw associate bonus season and all the major firms are announcing their latest incentives. Law360, a LexisNexis company, reports that associates at Orrick can, in addition to monetary bonuses, earn extra vacation time. They’re calling it “Unplug on Us,” and it’s available to attorneys who log more than 2,400 billable hours. If you have a Law360 subscription, you can read that here (or sign up for a free trial): https://www.law360.com/legalindustry/articles/1224116/sheppard-mullin-orrick-follow-milbank-on-associate-bonuses
Finally, the Alabama Bar has this rundown of mental health and burnout issues (including feelings of incompetence and loneliness) that often plague attorneys, along with a few simple suggestions to help improve well-being. Check that out here: https://www.alabar.org/news/making-positive-changes-toward-lawyer-well-being/
Check back next week for more!