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“Big Law Killed my Husband: An Open Letter From a Sidley Partner’s Widow”


The American Lawyer             Joanna Litt’s husband, Gabe MacConaill, a 42 year old partner at the law firm of Sidney Austin in Los Angeles, California, committed suicide in the firm’s parking garage on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Her story shin ...


“I Fought the Law and the Law Won: My Burnout Story”


Psychology Today     A personal account of a lawyer’s struggle with burnout.  As a practicing lawyer, she discusses her personal experience by relaying the signs for the "three big dimensions of burnout" -chronic exhaustion, cynisicm and feeling ineffe ...


“The Lawyer, the Addict”


The New York Times     “A high powered Silicon Valley attorney dies. His ex-wife investigates and finds a web of drug abuse in his profession.”  The difference between heeding the warning signs and missing them is often the difference between life and death.


"Stressed Out Lawyers More Likely to Have Health and Wellness Issues"


Above the Law     "Stressed Out Lawyers in First 10 Years of Practice More Likely to Have Mental Health and Wellness Issues: The Struggle is Real for Members of the Legal Profession."   Lawyers have the highest rates of substance misuse and mental health imp ...


“High Rate of Problem Drinking Reported Among Lawyers”


New York Times    Lawyers struggle with substance abuse, particularly drinking, according to an ABA study conducted with the Hazelton Betty Ford Foundation. The study found that approximately 34% of lawyers suffer from substance misuse and 40% of lawyers suffer from either depression or ...


“Vicarious Trauma: The Cumulative Effects of Caring”


The Canadian Lawyer     For many judges and lawyers, the violent, disturbing reality they witness inside and outside the courtroom as part of their professional lives can become debilitating. It can become vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue, a form of post-traumatic stress disor ...


"5 Tips for Starting a Conversation About Mental Health"


Mental Health First Aid.     It can be a very ackward and uncomfortable conversation when you are concerned about the mental health of someone you care about.  It doesn't have to be. Nor do you need to worry that that you are not an expert in the field of mental health.& ...


"The Most Terrifying Part of My Drug Addiction? That My Law Firm Would Find Out.


The Washington Post.    Lawyer and author Lisa F. Smith discusses her experience with big law in New York City and her experience with addiction and her exposure to other lawyers living with addiction.