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Attorney Work Life Balance

The State of Lawyer Well-Being Is Not Strong

A 2016 study found that between 21% and 36% of lawyers fall into the category of "problem drinkers." As for other mental illnesses common to the profession, 28% reported struggling with depression, 19% with anxiety, and 23% with stress. What can be done?


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A lawyer in the throes of a heroin overdose spends his last minutes alive dialing into a conference call while vomiting, slipping in and out of consciousness. A law student commits suicide after failing the bar. A lawyer recounts how she used cocaine to ward off symptoms of alcohol withdrawal during the workday.

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