The Massachusetts SJC Lawyer Well-Being Committee is hosting this town hall to better understand the lived experiences and challenges lawyers and law students with disabilities face.
5:30pm – 7pm | Thursday, August 5
The goal of these sessions is not for the Committee to tell the diverse lawyer populations of the Commonwealth what these challenges are or how we’re planning to respond, but for the Committee to really hear from affected individuals, so that we are better equipped to ensure that the individual and collective well-being challenges faced by diverse populations in the MA bar are reflected in the Committee’s ongoing work to improve the lives of lawyers and legal professionals throughout the Commonwealth.
CART and ASL Services will be provided.
Any lawyer and law students is welcome to attend the meeting. However, we request that attendees that do not identify as having one or more disability attend with the goal of listening.
July is Disability Pride Month
Started in 1990 along with the passage of the ADA, Disability Pride Month offers a reminder for everyone to make time and space to support and amplify those with disabilities, recognizing how different those voices can be. For example, a tweet from @GaetaAmy emphasizes “that it’s okay if you don’t have disability pride. Developing or getting a disability can be the result of trauma and systemic violence. ‘Pride’ isn’t to be forced upon or expected of any disabled person.” For those of us striving to act as allies, it’s important to listen to a wide range of experiences of those with both visible and invisible disabilities, and with intersecting identities as members of other oppressed groups as well.
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Lawyers, law students, and judges in Massachusetts can discuss concerns with a licensed therapist, law practice advisor, or both. Find more on scheduling here.