Colorado Supreme Court
Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel
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Colorado Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being
The Colorado Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being will use its members’ leadership and commitment to service to develop concrete actions to help judges, lawyers, and law students thrive in the profession. The Task Force first convened September 12, 2018, and will continue to meet through spring 2020.
September 4, 2019 at 1pm, Conference Room 1D, Ralph Carr Building, 1300 Broadway, Denver.
Lawyer "well-being" matters! It can impact:
According to the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being: “Lawyer well-being is part of a lawyer’s ethical duty of competence. It includes lawyers’ ability to make healthy, positive work/life choices to assure not only a quality of life within their families and communities, but also to help them make responsible decisions for their clients.” Colorado Rule of Professional Conduct 1.16(a)(2) says a lawyer shall not represent a client or must withdraw from representation if his or her mental or physical condition materially impairs the lawyer’s ability to carry out the representation.
The Virginia State Bar published a comprehensive report on occupational risks in the legal profession in May 2019. Click here to read.
The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being defines well-being as a multi-faceted concept, as illustrated by this graphic from the National Task Force Report, available at lawyerwellbeing.net.
The Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP) offers six quick, helpful tips ranging from how to be more successful, ways to improve your mood, to suggestions on how to get out of a “rut.” COLAP provides free and confidential assistance to judges, lawyers, and law students for a wide variety of personal and professional issues.
Consider the data: