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Following a ground-breaking study two years ago, we know that the mental health and substance abuse problems are higher in the legal profession than elsewhere. In this Instant Insights, we take a close look at the severity of the issue in Big Law and what firms are doing to address it.

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This scenario might sound familiar to many in the law firm world: A client reaches out late in the afternoon, maybe even on a Friday, asking for a piece of work product to be turned around by the close of business. That then sets off a cascade of action and stress inside a law firm, as partners put other work on hold and pull in associates to assist, all in the name of excellent client service.

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Scott Flaherty

Scott Flaherty, based in New York, covers the business of law with a focus on legal ethics, lawyer misconduct, conflicts-of-interest and litigation involving law firms. He can be reached at sflaherty@alm.com. On Twitter: @sflaherty18

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