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Attorney Well-Being Resources


In 2017 The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change was published by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being. The report has become the catalyst for efforts to improve the well-being of lawyers nationwide and here in Idaho. 

What Is Attorney Well-Being?

The meaning of “well-being” is:

Maintaining well-being is part of lawyers’ ethical duty of competence. It calls for healthy, positive choices to assure that lawyers can be their best for their clients, families, organizations, and communities.  Further, to be their best, lawyers depend on a large number of important contributors who are not lawyers. Therefore, well-being across the legal profession is an important goal.

The Task Force’s definition of well-being is not defined solely as an absence of dysfunction; nor is it limited to feeling “happy.” Full well-being is multi-dimensional and requires things like connection, belonging, continual growth, and aligning our lives with our values. It requires that we take care of all aspects of our lives.[1]

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ISB Fall 2020 Survey Results

Idaho Survey on Attorney Well-Being

One of the first tasks of the Attorney Well-Being Task Force was to establish a baseline assessment through out the state. The best way to accomplish this was to conduct a survey.

The survey questions were drafted by members of the Task Force using resources available from surveys conducted in other states and they also sought counsel and review of the survey by experts in the field, including the co-chair of the National Task Force.  The Idaho survey consisted of three types of questions:

(1) well-being status questions;

(2) questions about knowledge of and access to well-being resources; and 

(3) demographic questions.

The survey was distributed in October 2020 via email with encouragement from the Board and members of the judiciary to complete it.

The typical time spent by those taking the survey was 6 minutes and 5 seconds. 

The results of the survey were tabulated and will be used by the Task Force in the development of resources that will be made available to ISB members.  The Task Force anticipates these resources may include a website, educational course offerings, and social functions.  Below is a link to view the survey results.

Idaho Well-Being Survey Results

Resources

Educational Courses, Toolkits and Websites

ISB Program – Attorney Well-Being: ISB Survey Results, Resources, and Next Steps – FREE CLE  – 1.0 CLE credits of which 0.25 it Ethics

ISB Program – Lawyer Well-Being: What’s It Got to Do with Me? – 1.5 CLE credits

ISB Program – Well-Being and Trauma Responsive Workplaces – FREE CLE – 1.0 Ethics credits

ABA Program – The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change (Oct. 16, 2017)

Well-Being in Law Institute

Mindful Mondays and Wakeful Wednesdays – Weekly 30-minute “virtual sit” sessions hosted by the Mindfulness in Law Society.

Building Workplace Well-Being

Well-Being in Law Week Resources – Information for individuals and organizations

Articles, Blogs and Reports

Mindfulness Exercises

What Law Students Absolutely Need To Know To Ace Law School

Is Your Smartphone Making You Less Smart? Distraction Addiction Is Real

To Boost Productivity, Lawyers and Law Students Should ‘Socially Distance’ From Their Phones

Suffolk Law professor writes book tackling … um, one sec … oh distractions

Time Magazine articles on Mental Health in the Workplace
Mental Health Resources for the Legal Profession During COVID-19

The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change

Stress, drink, leave: An examination of gender-specific risk factors for mental health problems and attrition among licensed attorneys

The Wellness Issue – Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association

What Lawyers Can Learn from Simone Biles

Podcasts
Mindful Lawyering with Shailini George

What Students Absolutely Need to Do to Ace Law School with Shailini George – Episode 67

Path to Well-Being in Law Podcast

The Resilient Lawyer
Attorney Mental Health and Wellness
Loving Life as a Lawyer: How to Maintain Joy in Your Work
The Gen Why Lawyer Podcast on Mental Health
Voices of Recovery Series
The Psychology Podcast: How to Be a Happy Lawyer
ABA Asked and Answered: How Lawyers Can Bring Mindfulness Into Their Practice

**The above programming is intended for educational purposes only and may not meet the mandatory continuing legal education requirements in Idaho. You will not receive CLE credit for viewing/listening unless it has been approved. You can check to see the approved CLE courses here.

ISB Attorney Well-Being Task Force

The Attorney Well-Being Task Force (AWBTF) was formed in February 2020 by the Board of Commissioners of the Idaho State Bar to improve the well-being of the legal profession in Idaho.  The Task Force brings various representatives from sections, committees, and practice groups together to investigate obstacles to well-being in the profession and identify resources to help attorneys, judges, law students, and related staff members not only survive but thrive in their professional and personal lives.

Please feel free to reach out to members of the Task Force if you have ideas for programs or resources that would be helpful to others or if you have questions. Teresa Baker, the ISB staff liaison is also available at (208) 334-4500.

Task Force Members

Chairperson
Julie Stomper
 Idaho Falls
Camille Christen
Boise
Yvonne Dunbar
Boise
Andrea Hunter 
Post Falls
Larry Hunter 
Boise
Caralee Lambert
Boise
Joe Pirtle
Boise
Jamal Lyksett
Moscow
Jamie Shropshire
Boise
Hon. Darren Simpson 
Blackfoot
Doug Werth 
Boise
Frank Zebari 
Boise
Well-Being in Law Week Daily Activities

The Idaho State Bar Attorney Well-Being Task Force invites you to celebrate Lawyer Well-Being Week, May 3rd through May 7th. Join other members of the profession, the courts and support staff by participating in these free remote-friendly activities.

We will focus on a different aspect of well-being Monday through Friday. Every day you will have at least three different suggestions for activities and education. This “well- rounded” wheel shows the well-being emphasis for each day of the week. There is something for everyone!

Upcoming Events

YLS Bocce Ball Throwdown Tournament – August 5, 2021 – 5:00pm

 
 
 

[1] Institute For Well-Being In Law, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change(August 15, 2017), https://lawyerwellbeing.net/the-report/

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