Some days, you win the fight with depression. Some days, you lose. It's a lesson many law students and attorneys have learned and live with daily. I've never been either, and it's one I deal with daily. And traditionally, humor has been my coping mechanism of choice. A few weeks ago, Chris Grady, the
According to a 2014 Survey of Law Student Well-Being, almost 90 percent of law students had a drink of alcohol in the last 30 days and more than 20 percent admitted to binge drinking in the past two weeks. While lawyers and future lawyers alike focus on obtaining
It’s increasingly important we’re pro-active and focus on our own self-care and mental wellness.The most important factor in doing so is knowing when to get help.
Pepperdine University School of Law recently hosted the Access to Justice for Veterans: Coordinated Responses of a Grateful Nation conference. The conference featured keynote speakers, panel discussions, and a special screening of the film “Thank You for Your Service.” Both the presenters and attendees
Finding perspective on a day to day basis can be challenging. It can become very hard when we are pulled in so many directions, just getting through the pile of assignments, responsibilities and to-dos can leave one wondering on any given work day how its already punching out time. To top
I graduated from University at Buffalo in 2003. It seems like both forever ago and also like a blink of an eye. I’ve learned a lot over the past 13 years and I have battle scars to prove it. However, many of those scars were unnecessary and could’ve been avoided
We all deal with the stress of law school in different ways. Some students wear it as a "badge of honor" or a "rite of passage," some joke about it with their friends and others quietly accept it. A surprising few, however, look at their mental state as a serious issue.
Fabiani Duarte speaks with Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Legal Professionals Program Director Patrick Krill about the prevalence of substance misuse and other mental health concerns within the occupation.
Fact: 20% of lawyers suffer from depression, more than double that of the general population. Beyond that, 60,000 law students suffer from depression by the end of their second year. What resources are available for lawyers who find themselves battling the rigors of the profession and the struggles of depression? In
The pressure of law school can make many law students feel so exhausted and uncertain that, regardless of how well they do academically, they still feel like failures or impostors. One way that science has found to enhance resilience is through the “growth mindset” framework. Research has linked the growth mindset
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., penned the phrase “Stop Look and Listen” as a life saving instruction for the driver and passengers of a car approaching a railroad track. Holmes’ memorable phrase is sage advice across a range of circumstances and matters of consequence. It is an important mindfulness reminder
Watch the video of our latest Google Hangout, "Mindfulness Meditation: Managing Stress and Shifting from Surviving to Thriving." The host, Cory Muscara of the Long Island Center for Mindfulness, shared the evidence-based practice of mindfulness meditation. Here's the event's summary: Lawyers rank among the most anxious, depressed, and suicidal professional. It is essential that they
This is a Mental Health Day post. Even though it starts with a photo of a pile of puppies, one of which is in a bee costume. Stay with me. This will all make sense in the end. We've been talking this week about mental health. And while March 28 was the
After practicing for eight years, I have come to realize in a very profound manner than the practice of law is so much more than just the procedure and substantive law I learned in law school. At its core, it is an interwoven system made up of human beings.
For its last circuit meeting, the 15th Circuit prepared this set of slides on mental health for law students. The information comes from the ABA Law Student Division, the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP), and the Dave Nee Foundation. It was created by Annie
So you've been following our Mental Health Day content for the past two days. Now you think it's time for you to make a difference. Well, we've got two great opportunities for you to get involved through the Law Student Division.
We need to change the way society, especially members of the legal profession, think about mental health. We need law students to seek help for emotional and mental health concerns in the same way they do for physical health concerns. One way to encourage law students to do just that is to make sure that law students know where they can go to get help for themselves or someone else.
There is a widespread level of alcohol use, substance abuse, and mental health issues in the legal profession that needs to be addressed at the beginning of every lawyer’s legal career while still in law school. The Pursuit of Happiness Club strives to do just this by reducing the stigma of mental health conversations while providing resources to students.
In September of last year, I celebrated three years of sobriety. I never dreamed of going to law school, and I certainly never dreamed of a day where I could do the former sober.
Once again this March, Screening for Mental Health will partner with the Dave Nee Foundation and the American Bar Association Law Student Division to raise awareness for Law Student Mental Health Day, today, March 28, 2016, and offer the important mental health-screening tool to law students across the country. It is our hope that this year we can screen 10,000 law students.
When asked to write in celebration of the International Day of Happiness, I thought it appropriate to offer (for what they’re worth) these Principles of Happiness, or the 5 pieces of advice I wish I’d gotten as a law student.
The ABA Law Student Division has selected March 28, 2016 as the official National Mental Health Day at law schools across the country, and will be getting the word out to break the social stigma many still face when it comes to discussing mental health. To help address mental health and
Getting through law school is tough. You’ve got late nights, high-stress classes, competition among your peers, the looming law school curve, and that nagging fear that maybe you won’t find a job when this is all over. And let’s face it, the stress doesn’t end after graduation. I’m still dealing with it to this day! That’s why now is pretty much the perfect time to figure out what stress relievers work best for you.
The ABA Young Lawyers Division hosted its second chat with Christie Miller of Eat, Train, Win yesterday. Missed it? Here's a quick recap of advice and tips on staying fit in the legal field. Miller answered questions on staying in shape, mentally and physically, as a lawyer or law student. Look for
By Sherry Karabin Two years ago, Whittier Law School student Rick Ma began experiencing severe episodes of anxiety and depression. At the time, he was in his second semester in law school and serving as the American Bar Association’s acting Ninth Circuit governor for the Law Student Division. “The biggest problem I was