ABA Well-being Pledge Campaign
Suffolk Law has signed on to the American Bar Association Well-Being Pledge Campaign, a national effort to reduce the levels of stress and substance abuse in the legal profession.
The Campaign, organized by the ABA Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession, is designed to support lawyer well-being and address the profession’s troubling rates of alcohol and other substance-use disorders, as well as mental health issues. Based on a framework developed by working group member Patrick Krill, the campaign’s goals are to raise awareness, facilitate a reduction in the incidence of problematic substance-use and mental health distress and improve lawyer well-being. From education to policies to culture, the seven-point pledge identified in the Campaign [PDF] reflects the core areas on which legal employers and law schools should focus and the concrete steps they should take as they seek to achieve those goals.