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Mental wellbeing in the legal profession


The International Bar Association (IBA) has embarked on a global project aimed at addressing the mental wellbeing of legal professionals around the world. To lead this work, former IBA President Horacio Bernardes Neto has convened the IBA Wellbeing Taskforce, led by IBA Bar Issues Commission Officers, with assistance from the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit.

The key initial phase of the project consisted of two global surveys: one for individual lawyers, the other for law firms and other legal institutions, including bar associations, law societies and in-house legal departments.

The main findings of those surveys can be found below, along with the contact details of members of the Wellbeing Taskforce.

Latest:New IBA report sets out principles for dealing with mental wellbeing crisis in the legal profession

When I became president of the IBA in 2019, I made addressing mental wellbeing within the legal profession one of my main priorities. I had become increasingly concerned with all too frequent reports of substance abuse, severe depression, and suicide within the profession. Little did I or any of us know of the events that were to come. The devastating effects of depression, stress, addiction, and other such attacks on our wellbeing may have preceded the Coronavirus pandemic, but there is no question that it has exacerbated their impact. Read more

Horacio Bernardes Neto
President, International Bar Association (2019-2020)

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IBA Wellbeing Surveys: Main Findings

Individuals
Institutions

Task force

Relevant publications of task force members:

Mental wellness of lawyers in Nigeria
Nigeria is evolving as a result of having more investment and new businesses and becoming more commercialized in terms of infrastructural development. Lawyers play a major role in most transactions in the society; hence more deliverables are expected from lawyers.

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Steven Richman

USA

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Deborah Enix-Ross

USA

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LPRU

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Sara Carnegie

Director, UK

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George Artley

BIC Project Lawyer, UK

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Americas

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Bree Buchanan

USA

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Tracy Kepler

USA

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John T. Berry

USA

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Jonathan Beitner

USA

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Kellie Krake

Canada

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Poojah Chugh

Canada

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Derek LaCroix

Canada

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Alberto Navarro

Argentina

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Adriana Castro

Costa Rica

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Europe

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Chris Owen

UK

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Elizabeth Rimmer

UK

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Dr Emma Jones

UK

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Antoinette Moriarty

Ireland

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Susan Lamb

UK

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Richard Martin

UK

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Manel Atserias Luque

Spain

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Tomas Garcia

Spain

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Africa

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Banke Olagbegi

Nigeria

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Isibor Aigbe

Nigeria

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Amani Khalifa

Egypt/Dubai

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Asia Pacific

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Desi Vlahos

Australia

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Mary Digiglio

Australia

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Satyajit Gupta

India

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Hanim Hamzah

Singapore

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Kuah Boon Theng

Singapore

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News releases

MAY
2022
Time for a mental health culture change in the legal profession

LawCare and the Law Society of England and Wales have today joined forces to call for a change of culture in the profession, as they mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.

APR
2022
Katten Offers Lawyers Annual Well-Being Stipend

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is offering attorneys and staff an annual stipend of $500 to spend on wellness resources like gym equipment, fitness memberships and meditation apps.

OCT
2021
New IBA report sets out principles for dealing with mental wellbeing crisis in the legal profession

The report, Mental Wellbeing in the Legal Profession: A Global Study, launches Tuesday 26 October 2021 as part of the IBA’s Global Showcase week of virtual sessions.

APR
2021
IBA releases interim survey results on wellbeing in the legal profession

The surveys, developed in collaboration with consultancy firm Acritas (part of Thomson Reuters), constitute the first stage of the taskforce’s work and were designed to provide a solid platform of international data on which to build effective recommendations for positive change.

JUL
2020
IBA embarks on first phase of global initiative on mental wellbeing in the legal profession

The International Bar Association (IBA) has embarked on a global project aimed at addressing the mental wellbeing of legal professionals as Covid-19 exacerbates tensions in professional and personal lives.