The Institute of Legal Wellbeing is hosting the IWIL 2024 conference online on January 23rd, 24th and 25th. The organization is committed to providing knowledge and tools so that those in the legal profession can do their best work on wellbeing and mental health issues.
As stated on their website, “We offer four unique wellness topics, including personal, workplace, and law school wellness. New this year, special sessions focus on health issues at the state and local levels. Our program includes engaging sessions , expert lectures and valuable networking opportunities.”
Mental health is a frequently discussed topic in legal practice, as lawyers are more likely to experience extreme fatigue and harassment in the workplace. “Research conducted by LawCare, which involved 1,700 professionals associated with the legal profession, estimated that workers associated with the litigation sector are at high risk of experiencing extreme burnout, indicating that 69%’ of them had suffered from burnout in the past 12 months, apart from 25% of respondents cited mental health issues in addition to experiencing bullying, discrimination or harassment in the workplace.”
Robert Chender, chair of the Wellbeing Committee of the International Union of Lawyers (UIA), noted the progress the profession has made on mental health and the important role of legal organizations in promoting mental health practice: “I think we have made great progress in recent years, but there is still a lot to be done. Not enough. “The Law Society, law firms and the legal sector need to address the structural issues in the profession as well as promote individual mental health. ”
Chandler also mentioned the importance of providing practical examples around lawyer mental health, “Conferences could be useful if they guided attendees on what practical steps should be taken to promote mental health in the profession. In particular, those in managerial roles should be encouraged to Staff become ‘champions’ in promoting individual mental health and recognizing the structural causes of some mental health issues among solicitors.”
The event will feature Laurie Santos, a professor at Yale University and expert on the “science of happiness” as a speaker and keynote speaker. The goal of the conference is to spread knowledge about how to make smarter decisions and live a happier, more satisfying life.
Other speakers in attendance included Krista Larson, Shailini George, Francesca Acocella, Jon Krop, Rudir Krishtel and Michael Kraut. Value varies based on each person’s position or function within the law firm, but a typical price is $325. Special rates are available for law schools and law students.
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