Mental Health and Well-Being in the Legal Profession (2021)
Credits: 1.0 EP
In this session from the JLAP WellTalks, Dan Lukasik explains how mental health can impact attorneys and includes symptoms, risk factors, stressors and stigma of common challenges the legal profession faces as well as some potential solutions. Elizabeth Lynch Phillips follows Dan by leading a mindfulness exercise, and Pamela Moore concludes the session with Q&A and additional resources.
Dan Lukasik is a 1988 graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Law and the Judicial Wellness Coordinator for the New York State Office of Court Administration. Dan created a weekly lawyer support group in his community for those who struggle with depression and a website lawyerwithdepression.com, the first website of its kind in the nation, to help law students, lawyers, and judges cope with and heal from depression and anxiety. Since its launch, the site has grown to serve not only those in the legal profession but anyone who struggles with these conditions. The website has been voted one of the top depression blogs in the country by Medical News Today and Healthline.com.
Elizabeth Lynch Phillips is certified as a Professional Coach by the Coaches Training Institute and the International Coach Federation. She works primarily with stressed attorneys who feel like the practice of law isn’t all it was cracked up to be and isn’t giving them the satisfaction, they’d hoped for. She is grateful to be a part of the growing, national focus on attorney well-being, and she is committed to bringing more compassion and humanity to the practice of law. She moved to New Mexico 8 years ago with her husband and 3 kids, to get away from the traffic and crowding of the DC area. She is currently a member of the State Bar of New Mexico and the Virginia State Bar where she practiced for 20 years.