Friday, May 1, 2020, the Alabama State Bar and its Quality of Life, Health and Wellness Task Force, co-chaired by Brannon Buck, Susan Han and Emily Hornsby, officially kicked off the first ever Attorney Wellness Month. All month long, the Alabama State Bar will focus on providing tools to create healthy habits and environments, which are critical for lawyer wellness. Alabama State Bar President Christy Crow created the task force to address the growing incidences of depression, substance abuse, and physical and mental health problems among attorneys in Alabama and across the nation. The goal is to raise awareness of these problems and encourage both dialogue and action to promote better wellness among attorneys. The new challenges associated with the Coronavirus make the work of this task force all the more important.
In addition to a number of other initiatives this year, the Wellness Task Force has organized a free online CLE which addresses attorney wellness and the associated professional and ethical responibilities. Those attending will earn 1.0 ethics hour. The online CLE will be offered on three different dates, so Alabama attorneys can chose the one that’s best for their schedule. Those interested in attending one of the sessions will need to register at the link listed below.
The month’s plans also include a Wellness Challenge. A calendar promoting daily wellness activities among attorneys has been created so that individuals, firms and local bars can compete with one another as they work towards creating heathy habits. You can view and download that calendar here. As part of that challenge, you can track minutes walked on “Walking Wednesdays” at this link. The daily activities can be shared on your social media pages using our social media toolkit.
Visit the Alabama State Bar’s Health and Wellness webpage for more details and a myriad of other wellness-related articles written by members of the Bar!