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Keeping Lawyers Mentally Fit Is on the Docket

Aug. 24, 2017, 5:18 PM

Lawyers must be mentally fit to fulfill their obligations, but the profession has done little to help attorneys struggling with mood disorders or substance abuse problems.

The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being is hoping to change that.

“We need lawyers who are healthy. If they’re not, they’re not going to do their best work. The practice will suffer, clients will suffer, and ultimately the bottom line will suffer,” Task Force Co-chair Bree Buchanan told Bloomberg BNA Aug. 22. Buchanan is the director of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program.

The task force said it wants to start a cultural shift ...