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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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The nation’s top state judges and the U.S. Department of Justice have teed up a tricky issue for state bar examiners in Georgia and around the country: Do questions about new law school graduates’ mental health do more harm than good, and do they violate the Americans With Disabilities Act?

The Conference of Chief Justices in February urged bar examiners to eliminate questions about mental health history, diagnoses or treatment. The group argued the questions may violate the ADA and “are likely to deter individuals from seeking mental health counseling and treatment.”

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Jonathan Ringel

Jonathan Ringel is managing editor of the Daily Report, the ALM newspaper in Atlanta. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @jonathanringel

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