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    Lawyer Studies

     

    1. The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change

    2. Lawyer Well-Being Toolkit for Lawyers and Legal Employers

    3. Suffering In Silence: The Survey of Law Student Well-Being

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A graphic that shows the elements of lawyer well-being: Emotional, Social, Physical, Occupational, Spiritual, Intellectual

 

"To be a

good lawyer,

one has to be a

healthy lawyer."

The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being

 

What is Lawyer Well-Being,

and Why Is It Important?

 

While wellness is often thought of as physical fitness and health, it also covers well being, which includes emotional health, satisfaction with life, and positive functioning.

 

The American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs' (COLAP) mission is to support the work of state and local Lawyer Assistance Programs (LAPs) that provide hands-on services and support to those in need. CoLAP and LAPs offer a variety of resources, guidance, and speakers--including on lawyer well being topics, such as clinical substance abuse, mental health issues, and wellness and stress management for lawyers.

 

Part of this renewed effort to help lawyers with well being issues comes from the reports and initiatives created by the ABA's Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. Starting with the 2016 report of Lawyers' rate of substance abuse and depression, the 2017 report, "The Path to Well Being," and the Wellness ToolKit issued in 2018, lawyers throughout the country are learning about stress management, work/life balance, and the educational and helping resources available through their state Lawyers Assistance Programs. Through these prevention efforts, including Wellness Pledges taken by law firms, the goal is to reduce substance use and de-stigmatize seeking help and education for well being issues.

 

Since 1994, New Jersey attorneys have learned how to manage stress and proactively care for their mental wellness, most recently at "Lawyer Well Being and Its Effect on Professionalism and Ethics," a popular CLE program available through NJICLE. In addition, NJLAP staff have presented at individual law firms, specialty bar associations, statewide lawyer conventions. In the future, NJLAP will continue reaching out to specific groups, such as Law Students, Women Attorneys, Senior Lawyers, and more.

Latest News & Updates

NJLAP Lawyer Well-Being ENewsletter

cool  The Winter 2019/2020 edition of "Balance," NJLAP's e-newsletter is NOW LIVE!

 Click on the link above to read "Year End: Reassessment? Reinvention? Resolution?"

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What does Well-Being mean to you? Has NJLAP helped you with a well being issue?

Your story could help another attorney seek assistance. We'd love to hear from you, and share your story, anonymously,

with other NJ attorneys. email us or call 800-246-5527 and ask for Noreen

 


Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Butler Center for Research Releases Findings on Women and Alcohol

click the link above for more information


ABA Student Lawyer Issue on Well Being

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Confidentiality is assured

The security of NJLAP's clients is assured by NJ Supreme Court Rule.

Depression, Stress, Anxiety

When it comes to stress, whether you think it is harmful or helpful, you are right.

Alcohol and substance use

Substance use risk factors for attorney, recent study results.

Your law career

Solo and small practice issues, benefits of volunteering, NJLAP's networking group

Gambling

NJLAP and APTPG, ways to reach out for help.

Senior attorneys

The process of closing a practice, succession planning, memory loss.

Groups, events
LCL Meetings

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) are statewide self-help groups for attorneys.

Networkers Without Borders

Networking group for attorneys, judges, law students and other attorneys in transition.

Men's Special LAP

NJLAP's long-standing, monthly support group for male attorneys with depression.

NJLAP Women's Group

Combines support group for women in recovery and other issues.

LGBT LCL Meetings

LCL-based meetings for LGBTQ attorneys.

Presentations, Events

Dates and times of upcoming CLE presentations and other events.