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Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession

Law.com has embarked on a yearlong investigation into mental health across every sector of the legal profession. Over the course of 12 months, we will aim to shine a light on mental health, addiction, stress and well-being; destigmatize the issue; and identify methods to effectuate change.

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Marcie Borgal Shunk. Marcie Borgal Shunk.
Waiting in line to check out at Whole Foods, I saw a headline that caught my eye. It was tiny, barely noticeable in black ink against a blue background in the upper left corner of a magazine I had never seen before. The headline read “How Mind Training Makes Better Lawyers.” This was in June 2013 and the magazine was called Mindful. Six years later, the watershed moment seems to have arrived for lawyers and mindfulness.

The ABA adopted resolutions at its mid-year meeting focused on improving lawyer well-being. Law.com just launched “Minds Over Matters,” a yearlong effort dedicated to raising awareness of mental health and addiction issues that plague the legal sector. With the mindfulness movement sweeping the nation—an entire special edition of Time Magazine this month is devoted to “The New Mindfulness”—it is natural to wonder how law firms, the organizations in which lawyers operate, are contributing to the lawyer experience.

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