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The National Conference on Lawyer Well-Being (Institute for Well-Being in Law)


April 7, 2021 9:00 am

THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LAWYER WELL-BEING has been created by The Wellbeing Work Alliance in association with the recently formed Institute for Well-Being in Law (formerly known as the National Task Force for Lawyer Well-Being) 

This ground-breaking event will be streamed live direct to your desk, laptop computer or phone (participation terms below), and moderated by Chris Newbold, former co-chair of the National Task Force.

The conference will be presented in two different half day modules: The morning will  focus on individual well-being including some “personal journeys” by some of our speakers and the afternoon will focus on law firm and institutional approaches to well-being and proving the business case for well-being.


Attendees will have the choice of attending one or both modules, including access to a mid-day Keynote address, which will be presented by several members of The Institute for Well-Being in Law.

Full speaker biographies, as well as a detailed schedule of format and topics to be addressed, will be shared in advance with each attendee. Content will be appropriate for lawyers, judges and managers of all institutions that are part of the legal profession, be they law firms, Bar Associations or any other business entity that is interested in the topic of well-being – locally, state-wide, nationally or internationally, together with academics and HR, Learning and Development professionals and service providers.

Speakers will include 20 experts from the United States and United Kingdom, each of whom is uniquely qualified to speak to the issue of lawyer well-being and existing programs that have been designed/implemented in different law firms, to address/promote lawyer well-being.

The conference will appeal to all those within every part of the legal industry and HR departments who “get” both the importance of managing well-being in their working environment, and how developing and applying the principles of well-being are not only inextricably linked to profitability and productivity, but also with attracting and retaining the very best people.

Delegates will take away with them an insight into the latest thinking on well-being in practice, together with the tools they need to drive forward the development and enhancement of their own organization’s well-being policies and practices.

Themes to be covered will include: 

  • The What and Why of Wellbeing for Lawyers
  • Why Mental Health Matters For Lawyers
  • How has Coronavirus Changed Things?
  • Profitability, Productivity and Well-being: Putting the business case
  • Removing the Stigma from Mental Health
  • Case Studies into Well-being in Practice
  • Finding and Maintaining Emotional Well-being for Busy, High-Achievers
  • Understanding Mindfulness and Meditation as Tools for Well-Being
  • Enhancing Well-being and Professional Performance: the Answer is Here
  • Where Do We Go From Here? Putting it All into Practice
  • Removing the Stigma from Mental Health
  • Lawyer Burnout: Cause + Effect.
  • The Consequences of Leaving Chronic Levels of Negative Stress Unchecked
  • LAP Perspective on SUD and Addiction as a Response to the Pressures of Practicing Law

Speakers will include:  

  • James Pereira QC, barrister, certified coach and chair of the two UK Lawyer Wellbeing Conferences
  • Nick Bloy, Founder of Wellbeing Republic
  • Rob Stephenson, Founder, InsideOut LeaderBoard
  • Richard Martin, Byrne Dean
  • Joseph Milowic III, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Founder of the Lawyers Depression Project
  • Bree Buchanan, President, Institute for Well-Being in Law
  • Chris Newbold, Secretary. Institute for Well-Being in Law
  • Jeffrey Bunn, The Mindful Law Coaching & Consulting Group, LLC
  • Robin Belleau, Director of Wellbeing, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Terry Harrell, Executive Director, Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program
  • Diane Costigan, Director of Coaching and Well-Being, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Brenda Fingold, Mindfulness Center, Brown University School of Public Health
  • Heidi Alexander, Former Deputy Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and current Director of Massachusetts SJC Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being
  • Jeannette Boot, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Laurie Capello, Director of Human Resources, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC
  • Lori Anne Henderson, Director of Well-Being, Sidley Austin, LLP
  • Erica Gholson, Associate Director of Professional Development – McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Jarrod Reich, Professor, University of Miami School of Law
  • Mark Yacano, Managing Director, Major, Lindsey & Africa
  • Mark S. Goldstein, Reed Smith LLP


Prices for the full day are as follows:

LAPS, Bars and Associations: $120 (In return, promotion to clients contacts and members would be very much appreciated)

Solo lawyers: $200

Law firms with 50 or fewer lawyers, and in-house legal departments (regardless of size): $450  (This includes up to 10 free places for individuals working for such firms and/or legal departments, plus the opportunity to nominate a legal academic for a free place. Once you have booked you will receive full details as to how this works

Law firms with 51 or more lawyers: $620. Includes up to 15 free places plus the opportunity to nominate a legal academic for a free place. Once you have booked you will receive full details as to how this works

Legal academics: $150 (unless nominated for a free place by a booking law firm)

Free places for legal academics. Each Law Firm booking a full day place entitles the firm to nominate an academic for a free place

Half day attendance : 60% of full day attendance in each case




The Wellbeing Work Alliance? 

The Wellbeing Work Alliance is a focal point in relation to all aspects of wellbeing for lawyers and has held two highly successful annual conferences on Lawyer Wellbeing in the UK. The third will be held on June 17,

Quotes from previous delegates:

“Thanks so much for organising the event today – I thoroughly enjoyed it.” AG (delegate)

“A great conference” RA (delegate)

“Thank you again for putting on such a great conference yesterday.” (speaker)

“Thank you for organising this wonderful event on wellbeing for lawyers.” JB (delegate)

“It was a fantastic event. Thank you very much for asking me to take part.” (speaker)

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