The Real Reasons for Big Law's Mental Health Problem

, The Am Law Daily


Law firms are following the unfortunate path that has become a dominant approach in the medical profession: treating symptoms rather than the disease.

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  • Lauren Harriman

    The "special lawyer" personality is not the culprit. The culprit is the culture. When I tell people I "don‘t drink," they respond, genuinely confused, "wait, but you‘re a lawyer??" as if drinking & practicing law necessarily go hand-in-hand. I also graduated law school without a single all-nighter, yet everyone I know who works in big law essentially gets forced to work all-nighters. If a single firm can decide that all first year associates in big law are going to get raises (com/2016/06/breaking-ny-to-180k-cravath-raises-associate-base-salaries/), a single law firm could decide to set a firm-wide policy that no one at the firm should work more than an 18-hour stretch (more ideally would be a maximum of a 12-hour stretch) at a time. It would require the firm to either reduce its caseload or hire more attorneys to maintain the same caseload, but it could be done.

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  • Joan Meier

    This is a powerful, critically important article. Even BigLaw needs to recognize that human beings have human needs, before the whole profession implodes. Law schools like GW are doing what they can to stave off these disasters with our pioneering wellness program.

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