The conference’s opening session, “National Workshop on the Advancement of Attorney Well-Being in the Law Firm Setting,” will include ABA President Hilarie Bass, who is the co-president of international law firm Greenberg Traurig. In September 2017, the ABA Board of Governors, at the request of Bass, created the ABA Presidential Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession, with an emphasis on helping legal employers support healthy work environments. The interactive workshop on Wednesday, April 25, is intended to create practical and workable law firm policies to reinforce lawyer well-being as a core component of the ethical obligations of competence and diligence as well as professionalism. It runs from noon to 4 p.m.
On Thursday, April 26, a plenary session will also cover issues dealing with lawyer well-being. “Lawyer Well-Being: New Responsibilities for Impaired Lawyers for Law Firms and LPL Insurers” will explore lawyers’ mental health issues and substance misuse and will focus on the findings and recommendations of the recent report issued by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change.” The panel for the session, which runs from 10 to 11:15 a.m., includes state directors of lawyer assistance programs in Indiana and Texas as well as two representatives from legal insurers.
Walter Shaub, the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics from early 2013 through mid-July 2017, will speak on Thursday morning as well. Shaub, who has been widely quoted during the past year regarding problems he sees in government ethics, will look at the future of his former office and how many of the attacks on governmental ethics originate inside government. His talk is from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.
Other programs include:
The complete conference program can be found online.
All sessions are open to the media but pre-registration is necessary. To register, please contact Bill Choyke at 202-662-1864 or [email protected].
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