Challenging economic times – particularly the deep, prolonged recession in which many law firms find themselves – elevate the mental health risks for law firms. Although lawyers sometimes display more effective coping mechanisms, because of the need for problem-solving and resourcefulness in their practices, they are as vulnerable as anyone else.
Law firms can take highly effective preventive measures to promote a personally supportive workplace culture, healthy relationships within the firm, and the ability to respond to even the most urgent business crises promptly, efficiently, and in a way that helps the firm and its people to manage the stress.
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This paper, which I first presented at the Annual Conference of the International Bar Association in Madrid, Spain, in 2009, should be required reading for every managing partner of a law firm.
Lisa M. Walker Johnson