From a heart-wrenching account of a legal career’s toll on a young partner to a path-breaking mental health pledge signed by a growing list of the country’s largest law firms, the past year sharpened the industry’s attention on attorney well-being, substance abuse and work-life balance. Expect the focus to intensify in 2019.

While it has long been the case that lawyers are more likely than the general population to suffer from depression, substance abuse and other mental health problems, those issues were again cast into painful relief in 2018.

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