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Stories From Our Colleagues: We Must Take Care Of Ourselves and Support Others.

October 15, 2020
This is the third post in the VJLAP series, “Stories From Our Colleagues.”  In this story, a judge providing her perspective on Virginia's respon... Read More

Suicide Is a Real Threat and Needs to Be Talked About

October 15, 2020
Very few people are comfortable talking about suicide whether they feel like harming themselves, are concerned that a loved one may be considering sel... Read More

Stories From Our Colleagues: We may not like what we hear but we may need to hear it.

October 14, 2020
This is the third post in the VJLAP series, “Stories From Our Colleagues” (Stories from legal professionals who have experienced mental health an... Read More

One Simple Act at Work Can Make the Day Better for All

October 14, 2020
Partners, supervisors, and all colleagues in the workplace play important roles in improving wellness and supporting healthy mental health practices. ... Read More

Stories From Our Colleagues – When Others Expressed Concern, She Opened Her Mind To Help

October 13, 2020
This is the second post in the VJLAP series, “Stories From Our Colleagues”  (Stories from legal professionals who have experienced mental health ... Read More

The Power of Peers

October 13, 2020
Connection is the key. Peer assistance has been shown to be a powerful tool in improving wellness and outcomes in community mental health and addictio... Read More

Stories From Our Colleagues – One Question Made All The Difference

October 12, 2020
In this series, "Stories From Our Colleagues,"  you will see stories from real people – legal professionals just like you, who have experienced men... Read More

Mental Health Prevalence and Awareness

October 12, 2020
World Mental Health Awareness day was 10/10. At VJLAP, we want to maintain the momentum of awareness this week via daily blog posts with information a... Read More

Why Are You Drinking Today and What Does that Mean For Tomorrow?

September 12, 2020
Drinking Patterns Today Could Severely Impact Coping Now and After the Pandemic One thing has remained consistent in 2020, alcohol sales and consum... Read More

VJLAP and Wellness In The News

September 8, 2020
Thank you notes, recovery stories, VJLAP Annual (virtual) Retreat updates and more... VJLAP and our wellness partners have received some amazing media... Read More

Finding the Line: Stressed or Stressed Out?

August 20, 2020
Where is the line? What is manageable stress? When am I stressed out? Each of us experience stress in different forms such as a fast-approaching de... Read More

Finding the Line: Sad or Depressed?

August 14, 2020
Where is the line? What is sadness? What is depression? When does sadness become problematic? Recognizing the difference between the emotion of sadnes... Read More

New S and GA Support Groups Available

August 13, 2020
VJLAP hosts and/or supports numerous support groups: 12-Step Support, Wellness Support, and Women’s Wellness Support. GA and S Support Groups have s... Read More

VJLAP’s Annual Retreat: September 17th and 18th (Virtual and Free)

August 6, 2020
Save the Date and Register Now: The 16th Annual VJLAP Fall Retreat will be held virtually this year on Thursday, September 17th (12:00 pm to 4:00 p... Read More

Virginia’s Lawyer Wellness Challenge – June 18-28

June 16, 2020
Please join VJLAP and many of your colleagues in Virginia’s first Lawyer Wellness Challenge, a 10-day series of informational, interactive, and fun ... Read More

Reaching Out, Never a Bad Idea

June 11, 2020
The pandemic continues to impact lawyers, sometimes in hidden ways. You are not alone. VJLAP is here. VJLAP remains available to you 24/7 through our ... Read More

Lockdown Lethargy. Is this our allostatic loads in overload? Is this our what?

May 19, 2020
Lockdown Lethargy. Pandemic Brain Fog. Time Blindness. COVID Fatigue. Is this our allostatic loads in overload? Is this our what? Any chance you ar... Read More

VJLAP 2020, Virtually Everywhere

May 11, 2020
The VJLAP strategic plan, summed up, is to help every member of the legal profession who seeks assistance with mental health and substance use concern... Read More

Clinical Corner (Spring): Trauma and Self-Care

May 11, 2020
Trauma is such an ugly word. It often conjures up feelings and thoughts, maybe the overall eye roll or “ick” feeling, that no one wants to address... Read More

Lawyers Well-Being Friday: FEEL WELL

May 8, 2020
Friday Well-Being Focus: Feel Well (emotional well-being) Emotional Well-Being: Valuing emotions. Developing an ability to identify and manage emot... Read More

Lawyers Well-Being Thursday: CONNECT

May 7, 2020
Thursday Focus: Connect - Social Well-Being Social Well-Being: Building connection, belonging, and a reliable support network. Contributing to our ... Read More

Today at Noon: VJLAP and VLWI Free CLE

May 6, 2020
There is still time to register and join today's CLE at noon: "Occupational Well-Being While Social Distancing"  VJLAP, in collaboration with the ... Read More

Lawyers Well-Being Wednesday: ENGAGE & GROW

May 6, 2020
Wednesday Focus: Engage and Grow - Career and Intellectual Well-Being Intellectual Well-Being: Engaging in continuous learning, engaging in creativ... Read More

Lawyers Well-Being Tuesday – ALIGN

May 5, 2020
Tuesday's Focus: Align - Spiritual Well-Being Spiritual Well-Being: A sense of meaningfulness and purpose in work and life. Align your work and lif... Read More

Lawyers Well-Being Monday: PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

May 4, 2020
Monday Focus: Stay Strong – Physical Well-Being Eat well, get enough sleep, recovery from stress. Minimize addictive substances. Seek help when n... Read More

The ‘slow burn’ of social distancing – it may be affecting young lawyer disproportionately.

April 30, 2020
Whether it is being required to work from home or go into the office, the pressure to perform remains and is compounded by anxiety about physical well... Read More

Unhealthy Coping? Drinking Our Way Through the Pandemic?

April 28, 2020
Home. No routines. Anxious. Stressed. Alone. Why not? More importantly, Why? A few reasons why not. Studies have shown that (1) alcohol sales have ... Read More

May 6th Lawyers’ Well-Being Week – FREE CLE

April 24, 2020
"Occupational Wellness While Social Distancing" VJLAP, in collaboration with the Virginia Lawyers’ Wellness Initiative, is pleased to present “... Read More

Coping with Death While Social Distancing

April 17, 2020
Grieving after the death of a loved one is a natural, painful process that looks and feels different for each person experiencing loss. Societies and ... Read More

America is drinking its way through the coronavirus crisis – and that’s no party

April 13, 2020
Below is an article predicting a rise in alcohol use disorders based on trends for increased alcohol purchase during the pandemic: In the midst of t... Read More

Wisdom on the Strength of Recovery

April 7, 2020
Addiction recovery wisdom going happily viral: We were made to survive this, We are used to an unseen illness trying to kill us. We live through... Read More

Mental health during stressful times…like a pandemic

April 3, 2020
From VJLAP's Deputy Clinical Director: I have become more reflective during this time in 2020, the midst of a pandemic. Which, to be honest, I minimiz... Read More

Ongoing Life During Prolonged Crisis?

April 2, 2020
As members of the legal profession, we are used to solving problems and having answers, or at least finding ones with robust support. We are determine... Read More


March 24, 2020
VJLAP remains available to you 24/7 through our hotline (877.545.4682), and our staff are available on their regional numbers. For social distancing a... Read More

Using Online Resources? So many options!

March 23, 2020
With social distancing our current reality, establishing a working virtual support system is paramount; but deciding what that looks like may be overw... Read More

Dealing with Anxiety During a Pandemic

March 17, 2020
With new positive tests and victims of the COVID-19 pandemic reported and guidance of what activities are recommended or restricted changing constantl... Read More

COVID-19 and Well-Being: VJLAP Remains an Available Resource

March 16, 2020
In this time of constant media reports of new positive cases of COVID-19, closer and closer to home, and urged social distancing, individuals may star... Read More

New Study Supports Alcoholics Anonymous as the Most Effective Path to Abstinence

March 12, 2020
A recently published study demonstrates that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is effective in treating alcohol use disorder finding increased rates and lengt... Read More

Law Student Well-Being Conference – POSTPONED

March 9, 2020
The 2nd Annual Law Student Well-Being Summit is POSTPONED. Join Justice William C. Mims, Dean Wendy Purdue, Justin Earley, David Mercer, law studen... Read More

“Tea and Talk” at the Appalachian School of Law.

March 2, 2020
Appalachian School of Law is bolstering its wellness campaign by welcoming VJLAP for “Tea and Talk,” open conversation and one-and-one meetings be... Read More

JLAPs New Website Gets Props in the Virginia Lawyer.

March 2, 2020
The Virginia Lawyer’s February 2020 issue highlighted VJLAP’s new website, funded by a Virginia Law Foundation grant and launched this past Novemb... Read More

In memoriam of Lawrence J. Tracy

February 24, 2020
Last week, we lost a dear friend, LAURENCE J. TRACY, husband, father, strong community member, valued colleague, and long-time supporter of the Virgin... Read More

Working to Reduce Stigma: VJLAP Enters the Podcast Arena

February 20, 2020
The Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program's (VJLAP) Clinical Director Jim Leffler (Jim) was Interviewed this week on “Mens Sana: A Motion f... Read More

Engage and Grow. Connect. Feel Well. – Lawyer Wellness Resource

February 10, 2020
Lawyer Wellness Resource Website. The various wellness initiatives reports have found that working in the legal profession has many benefits and an... Read More


February 3, 2020
VJLAP is poised for action! The number of individuals helped is directly proportional to the number of staff (more…)... Read More

SCV Creates New Wellness Coordinator Position

December 18, 2019
The Supreme Court of Virginia has hired Margaret Hannapel Ogden as a Wellness Coordinator, a new position created in response to the findings of the S... Read More

Supreme Court of Virginia Committee on Lawyer Well-Being Report

September 12, 2019
The Supreme Court of Virginia has published the final report of the Committee on Lawyer Well Being. Read the full report... Read More

Ten Warning Signs of Dementia

July 17, 2019
Below is a checklist of common dementia symptoms. If there are several that you answer “yes” to, a doctor should be consulted for a complete exami... Read More

VSB President’s Wellness Committee Report

May 23, 2019
On August 14, 2017, a landmark report on attorney well-being was published by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being (National Task Force). The ... Read More

Thank You Virginia Law Foundation!

August 23, 2018
LHL is pleased to announce we have been awarded a 2018 grant by the Virginia law Foundation to improve our outreach and education resources. This wil... Read More

American Bar Association Publishes Well-Being Toolkit

August 1, 2018
The ABA has published a great resource, created by Dr. Anne M. Bradford, to assist lawyers and legal employers on their Well-Being journey. View th... Read More

Report from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being

August 14, 2017
The Task Force was conceptualized and initiated by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP), the National Organization of Bar Counsel ... Read More

Attention Amazon Prime shoppers!

July 8, 2017
Amazon Prime shoppers, if you designate VJLAP as your charitable organization, 0.5 of every 1% you purchase will go to Virginia Judges and Lawyers Ass... Read More

Study Shows Attorneys Have Substantial Drinking Problems

February 3, 2016
A new, comprehensive 2016 study by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs shows ... Read More
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