For more, visit the Committee on Attorney Well-Being
The well-being of attorneys is critical to the effective practice of law, the public trust, and the culture of our profession – all of which make it of paramount importance to the New York State Bar Association. Being a lawyer is personally and professionally rewarding, but it also is stressful, exhausting, and taxing. Every lawyer “knows” that taking care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually is important to our well-being, but manifesting that self-care in the midst of a fast-paced, relentless profession feel out of reach for many of us.
If you have a well-being question, contact Well-Being Program Manager Jennifer Clayton, [email protected] or 518.487.5573. All communications are confidential.
Additional resources regarding attorney well-being can be found on the Practice Resources page.
The Eight Pillars of Attorney Well-Being
Lawyers Who Accept War-like Personas Carry Heavy Burden
What Makes Lawyers Happy
One Lawyer Living and Working with Depression
Anxiety a Slippery Slope
Diane E. O’Connell
Vicarious Trauma is Real
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues: This is Us
Hon. Karen Peters
How to Help Judges in Need of Help
Let’s Get Physical: Get Moving for Attorney Well-Being
Go To Bed: The ethics of Exhausted Lawyering
Attorney Wellness in a Nutshell
How the Profession I Love Took a Toll On My Health
Finding a Healthy Way to Transform Our Lives as We Retire
Stephen P. Gallagher
Legal Culture Must Change for Attorneys to Thrive
Finding a Health Way to Transform Our Lives as We Retire
Stephen P. Gallagher
Helping Working Parents Keep Their Lives in Balance
Finding the Compassion Balance Mindful Lawyering & Vicarious Trauma
This program will help lawyers find the “middle” – thereby remaining present in their bodies with self-compassion, while learning the boundaries and skills necessary to withstand vicarious trauma (compassion fatigue).
Vicarious Trauma is Real
Dr. Kerry O’Hara, Psy.D. explains vicarious trauma, or compassion fatigue, that is a trauma process that occurs over time when an individual is exposed indirectly to the suffering of others for whom they feel responsible. Dr. O’Hara will help participants develop the resiliency skills to manage this in a balanced way.
Mindfulness for Lawyers in a Time of Stress
Learn how to use mindfulness to improve your immune system and calm your fears, while also maintaining social connections via electronics to prevent loneliness. You will also learn how to control stress and in turn improve productivity, creativity and the ability to uphold your ethical responsibilities as an attorney.
Attorney Wellness/Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession
Thomas C. Nicotera, Esq. | Lawyer Assistance Committee | Albany
Paul W. Van Ryn, Esq. | Maxwell & Van Ryn, LLP | Albany
Women on the Move 2020
Practicing Law with Mindfulness- This panel explores the impact of uncertainty, stress, depression and anxiety on the mind and the body. You will learn how to maintain their physical and mental health using mindful practices
Please click on the links below to listen to each one individually.
Accessible 24/7 through our confidential hotline: (877) 772-8835
The LAP Hotline is a free confidential service provided to members who are seeking assistance with challenges such as depression, anxiety, burnout, alcohol or drug related concerns, and other mental health issues. When a caller contacts the hotline, a trained mental health professional answers the call and provides immediate support. For NYSBA members, a referral to a professional counselor will be provided. The caller can receive up to four free counseling sessions a year. All communications with the LAP Hotline staff are strictly confidential.
For questions, or to speak with someone from the Lawyer Assistance Program directly, please contact the director, Stacey Whiteley at 518.487.5688
ABA’s Attorney Well-Being Committee
Resources, education and leadership on well-being topics.
ABA’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs
Hotlines, resources, publications and events related to substance use and emotional health issues.
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