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National Lawyer Well-Being Task Force Celebrates Gains

Aug. 27, 2019, 4:42 PM

A report on lawyer wellness two years ago has prompted more than half of U.S. states to change the legal profession for the better, according to the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, which sparked the endeavor.

Twenty-nine states have established working groups or task forces, and revised regulations related to continuing legal education (CLE) programming and to bar admissions, the group said in a recent press release.

They’ve also commissioned studies, hosted summits, and directed funds to enhance well-being and support services for lawyers, the release said.

“The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change” was issued after two national 2016 studies confirmed that lawyers struggle greatly with substance abuse and mental health challenges.

The National Task Force was conceptualized and initiated by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, the National Organization of Bar Counsel, and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. It’s a collection of entities within and outside the ABA that was created in August 2016.

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