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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  • 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


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


Lindsey Draper

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

TLAP Director
Texas Lawyers' Assistance Programs (TLAP)

Bree Buchanan, J.D., a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, practiced law in the public and private sector with a focus on representing both adult and child victims of family violence. Upon graduation, Ms. Buchanan worked as a family law attorney for Legal Aid of Central Texas and went on to private practice in Austin. From 1998 to 2002, she served as the Public Policy Director for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. After this position, Ms. Buchanan was appointed Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the Children's Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law.

In 2010, Ms. Buchanan joined the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program of the State Bar of Texas and now serves as its Director. In 2015, she was appointed to the ABA’s Advisory Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs. Ms. Buchanan is also the proud parent of a sophomore at New York University.

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