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Virginia Lawyers’ Wellness Initiative


The Virginia Lawyers’ Wellness Initiative coordinates the education of, and assistance to, judges, lawyers, magistrates, law students, and other legal professionals within the judicial system, regarding professional health and wellness initiatives, with a specific focus on improving mental health and addressing substance abuse in the legal profession. 

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Resources and Reference Materials

Wellness Initiative Reports

  • A Profession at Risk
    The Report of the Committee on Lawyer Well-Being of the Supreme Court of Virginia, which contains recommendations for the structure, funding, and priorities of the Virginia Lawyers’ Wellness Initiative.
  • The Occupational Risks of the Practice of Law
    The Report of the Virginia State Bar President’s Special Committee on Lawyer Well-Being examines twenty risks unique to the legal profession (including physical, mental & emotional, adaptation, and self-actualization risks) and includes practice pointers for individuals and organizations to ameliorate these risks.
  • The Occupational Risks of the Practice of Law Updated
    The Report adopted a novel structure by sorting the risks into four categories and presenting them in a digestible matrix format followed by more in-depth discussions of each risk and how individuals and organizations can combat them.
  • The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change
    This report, from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, served as the genesis for the Supreme Court of Virginia report.  It includes national statistics on the lack of well-being in the legal profession and offers concrete, actionable recommendations to improve this issue.

Continuing Education and Other Resources