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Lawyer Well-Being: What's It Got To Do With Me?


Level: Advanced
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: March 27, 2019
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Agenda

  • Law Student Survey Overview
  • The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being
  • Connection - Relationships, Social Support, and Belonging
  • Positive Emotions - Creating Upward Spirals
  • Physical Wellness - Eat, Move, Sleep
  • Meaningfulness - What Gives Your Life Meaning?
  • Vulnerability - Ask for Help
Runtime: 1 hour 
Recorded: March 27, 2019

Description

The issues of alcoholism, substance abuse disorders, and mental health issues are ones which affect all lawyers who care about client protection. Indeed, lawyers struggling to keep themselves well may not be physically, emotionally, or mentally capable of serving their clients ethically. Listen as Lindsey and Bree explain why this is such a big issue for the legal profession and learn how some systems and people are changing the way they have always done business to better serve clients and lawyers.

This program was recorded on March 27th, 2019.

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American Bar Association

Panelists

Lindsey Draper

Member
National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being

Lindsey D. Draper, J.D. Until his retirement from the Department of Justice in 2014, Lindsey D. Draper oversaw Wisconsin's adherence to the mandates of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA)) as the state's Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator and Compliance Monitor. This followed his 2006 retirement from service as a Circuit Court Commissioner for Milwaukee County.

His is a legal career that spanned 30 years and included work as a Commissioner; Assistant State Public Defender; and Assistant District Attorney with primary assignments being at Milwaukee County's Children's Court Center.

Draper has also served as the Juvenile Law instructor for the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department Training Academy; Chairman of the Wisconsin State Bar Law-Related Education Committee; Chairman of the Board of Directors at St. Charles Youth and Family Services; and an instructor of high school students through the East Side (Milwaukee) Child and Youth Ministry.

He is currently Special Advisor the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Client Protection and a member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and Wisconsin State Bar Diversity and Inclusion Committees.

Bree Buchanan

Senior Advisor
KRILL Strategies

Bree Buchanan draws upon her extensive professional knowledge and experience to help legal employers excel in creating a culture of well-being. She is the founding co-chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being and is a co-author of its groundbreaking 2017 report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change. Bree is chair of the ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs (2017-2020), which works to ensure assistance is readily available for those in the legal community experiencing issues related to substance use or mental health issues.

Prior to joining Krill Strategies, she was the Director of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, where she regularly worked with individual lawyers experiencing behavioral health issues, and with legal employers who were seeking resources and support for their staff. Her tenure with that program followed a two-decade legal career which included positions as a litigator, lobbyist and law professor. As Senior Advisor with Krill Strategies, Bree provides consultation on issues related to lawyer well-being and impairment for major legal employers.

Ms. Buchanan is a frequent speaker for international and national law-related organizations, as well as global law firms on strategies for lawyer well-being and impairment. In 2018, she was awarded the “Excellence in Legal Community Leadership Award” by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. She has shared her own story of recovery as a featured guest on podcasts in the United States and Canada. Ms. Buchanan’s writing has appeared in Law Practice Today, Judicature, The American Lawyer, and Family Lawyer Magazine, as well as Lawyer Health and Wellbeing: How the Legal Profession is Tackling Stress and Creating Resiliency (Ark Group, 2020).

In 2018, she graduated from the Seminary of the Southwest with a Masters in Spiritual Formation, where she honed a deep interest in the intrinsic link between meaningful work and personal well-being, as well as in assisting individuals with vocational discernment. Ms. Buchanan tends to her own well-being by engaging in a regular meditation practice, cycling, rowing, and being willing to ask for help when she needs it.


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