As and The American Lawyer embark on a yearlong discussion and examination of mental health in the law, we join several other organizations and individuals who are also shining a light on this issue.

To that end, I hope you will join me at a daylong conference June 18 at The Conference Board in NYC focused on creating a safe and healthy environment for attorneys, where I will join several others passionate about the subject of mental health in the law to discuss ways to move the profession forward.

Speakers at the Emotional Well-Being in the Legal Profession Seminar will include:

Russell C. Deyo, former General Counsel, Johnson & Johnson; former Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary of Management, US Department of Homeland Security (Co-Chair)

Patrick R. Krill, JD, LL.M, MA, Founder, Krill Strategies (Co-Chair)

Lisa F. Smith, Author, Girl Walks Out of Bar

Jodie Garfinkel, Director of Talent Development and Strategy, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Sara Smith, Associate Counsel and Research and Policy Analyst, Center for Professional Responsibility, American Bar Association

Jan Anne Dubin, CEO and Founder, Jan Anne Dubin Consulting

Kathleen T. Pearson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Brenda Jacobsen, CEO, LifeXT

H. Sandra Bang, Chief Diversity & Talent Strategy Officer, Shearman & Sterling LLP

Kristin Calve, Publisher, Corporate Counsel Business Journal

Jane Son, Director in Banking Legal, Barclays

Maureen Gorman, Managing Director, Marsh

Ronald C. Minkoff, Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selze PC; Co-Editor, New York Legal Ethics Reporter

Eileen Travis, Director, Lawyer Assistance Program, New York City Bar Association

I hope to see you there for what is sure to be a thoughtful, engaging discussion about issues impacting every facet of the profession. The American Lawyer subscribers can receive a $400 discount on entry to the conference by using the code ALM400.

And for more information on’s yearlong project, please follow along here.


Gina Passarella, editor-in-chief, The American Lawyer and ALM’s Global Legal Brands