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Lawyer Well-Being

A Healthy Lawyer is a Better Lawyer.

Attorneys are exposed to a variety of stresses in their profession, which can take a toll on their mental and emotional well-being. Perhaps not surprisingly, lawyers have been shown to abuse substances and suffer mental health issues at higher rates than other professionals. 

The bar hopes this page will be a resource for information on staying healthy – in your practice and out.  

The Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program

Formerly Lawyers Helping Lawyers, this organization provides free, confidential, non-disciplinary help to Virginia's legal professionals and their families struggling with substance abuse, addiction, depression, stress and anxiety, and other mental health issues. 24-Hour Help Line: 1-877-545-4682 

"The Occupational Risks of the Practice of Law"

This May 2019 report by VSB President Leonard C. Heath Jr.'s Special Committee on Lawyer Well-Being identifies specific aspects or characteristics of the practice of law that might serve as a risk to a lawyer’s well-being. The report also includes an extensive bibliography with further sourcing. 

"The Path to Lawyer Well-Being"

In August 2017, Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons was one of 15 authors of a report, “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change.” And in September 2017, Chief Justice Lemons announced plans to form a committee in Virginia to find ways to enhance lawyer well-being. Supreme Court Justice William C. Mims, who has written on the topic for Virginia Lawyer magazine, chairs the committee.

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Updated: Jun 20, 2019