On May 26th, the Disciplinary Board released a new webpage “connect[ing] Pennsylvania attorneys with available resources to better understand and support their mental health and well-being, particularly as they relate to the legal profession.” The new “Lawyer Well-Being” page highlights mental health organizations, articles, and upcoming events for the legal community.
The Board worked with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) to assemble relevant content supporting a wide breadth of individuals and needs. Helpful links to resources address those facing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, and drug and alcohol misuse. Resources centering the unique experiences of BIPOC and LGBTQ communities also feature on the page.
The webpage offers a frequently-updated list of both virtual and in-person well-being events available to the legal community. Such events will include guided meditations, CLE opportunities, and local and national conferences.
Spotlighting matters like vicarious trauma, sleep hygiene, and mindfulness, Board-published articles provide practical approaches to well-being issues pertinent to law practice. Throughout May 2022, the Board partnered with LCL to publish an article series on mental health and well-being in the legal profession. With the expertise of Jennifer C. Zampogna, M.D., former Director of Operations at LCL, the series presents several topics on wellness as it relates to both attorneys’ personal and professional lives and misconduct prevention.
To access the Board’s new “Lawyer Well-Being” page, visit padisciplinaryboard.org/for-attorneys/well-being.