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ROOT CAUSE – The pandemic has forced law firm leaders to focus more on the issues of remote-work flexibility, work-life balance and even lawyer isolation. But, as Dylan Jackson reports, answers to ALM’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Survey show that there’s significant doubt that law firms in the long run will fix the underlying factors associated with mental health problems in the profession—billable hour demands, unrealistic deadlines and the inability of workers to take time off. “We can be responsive to client demands without all ruining our personal relationships,” said one respondent.

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