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It’s Wellness Wednesday at LexTalk! Let’s get down to business:
First up, this piece from the Virginia Lawyers Weekly on how lawyers can be positive role models when it comes to mental health, fitness and wellness in the workplace. Instead of being emblematic of all the problems in the industry, look for ways to be a good example in the office by taking breaks (especially if you can work in a brisk walk) and even something as simple as introducing more color into office design. Read the other tips here: https://valawyersweekly.com/2019/12/09/employers-can-set-wellness-examples/
Next, a look at how immigration lawyers are struggling under the weight of unheard-of levels of stress. From Lexis Legal Advantage, this blog post discusses the concept of “compassion fatigue” or “vicarious trauma” – the idea that working so much with people who are suffering so terribly is leading to physical symptoms and burnout. But it’s not hopeless; the article lends some insight from the National Immigration Project or the National Lawyers Guild on how to combat burnout, and not just in the sense of self-care and vacation time. Find out more here: https://www.lexisnexis.com/community/lexis-legal-advantage/b/insights/posts/burning-out-how-immigration-lawyers-can-cope-with-a-rapidly-changing-practice
In New York, it appears that the state's court officials may be disposing of a question on the state bar application about applicant's mental health. The move seems to have met with some early approval and may https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2019/12/11/new-york-moves-closer-to-axing-mental-health-question-from-bar-application/
In upcoming events, the Wilson Sonsini law firm will be hosting a well-being seminar for lawyers in early 2020. Topics include best practices for preventing substance abuse and supporting lawyers who suffer from that condition, as well as suicide prevention, managing the business while dealing with lawyers in need, and more. Check that out here: https://www.conference-board.org/conferences/conferencedetail.cfm?conferenceid=3066
Additionally, the Oregon State Bar has a CLE webinar on lawyer mental health and substance abuse. They offer it as both a video or a downloadable MP3, so you can listen to it like a podcast. Find that and their other resources here: https://www.osbar.org/cle/
Check back next week for more!