The ABA has created a seven point Well-Being Pledge for Legal Employers. Included in the pledge is a call to create “visible partnerships with outside resources committed to reducing substance use disorders and mental health distress in the profession: healthcare insurers, lawyer assistance programs, EAPs, and experts in the field.”
The word “zeal” has been stricken from the New York State Rules of Professional Responsibility. While no reason was given for the change, the author of this article believes it is because zeal had been used as an excuse for “chronic incivility,” and toxic work cultures.
Founder of The Happiness Lab, Dave Bellamy talks about tracking happiness in his latest article. Have you ever noticed that when you get a new car, suddenly, the streets seemed filled with your car? By noticing the things we want more of in our life–happiness, gratitude, opportunity, connection–the more we feel surrounded by it. The same is true if we notice the bad luck or missed chances. What we water is what will grow.
The New York Law Journal discusses The New York State Bar Association release of its standards on civility this month. Highlighted in the standards is a push against the unrealistic deadlines and timelines imposed by clients and colleagues, alike.
This episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast features Terry Harrell and John Berry talking about mental health and well-being in the legal profession and law schools.
From the Connecticut Law Tribune, “On Jan. 25, 2019, the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee voted to remove mental health questions from the Connecticut bar application, ending long-standing criticism from advocates about the overreaching and discriminatory practice.”