Important changes to VJLAP’s 12-Step and Wellness Support Meetings:

1. Effective immediately, the Monday 12-Step Support Meetings will commence at 6:30 PM instead of 8:00 PM. VJLAP will no longer host a Monday 12-Step Support Meeting at 8:00 PM. Changes will be made to the event calendar.
2. After 04/08/24, there will no longer be Monday Wellness Support Meetings at 6:30 PM. If you are interested in such a meeting, there is a Thursday Wellness Support Meeting (1, 3 and 5th Thursday of the month). Changes will be made to the event calendar.
3. Effective immediately, there will no longer be a Wednesday 12-Step Meeting at 6:00 PM. There is a Wednesday 12-Step Meeting at 5:30PM and a meeting on the 1, 3 & 5th Monday of the month at 6:30PM. Changes will be made to the event calendar.
4. Please also note the Thursday Wellness Support Meetings that had been every Thursday will only be the 1, 3 & 5 Thursday of the month. Changes will be made to the event calendar.

Thank you for your attention to these updates. If there are questions, please reach out to Barbara Mardigian at

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After Party Wednesday: Focusing on Effective Leadership

May 19, 2021
After Party Wednesday: Focusing on Effective Leadership

Well-Being Week After Party (May 17-21)

Wednesday: Leadership (Our leaders positively impact organizational members’ well-being through their leadership style, creation of a psychologically healthy work culture, management of mental health matters in the workplace, and support for workplace well-being programs.)

Educate. Eliminate Stigma. Provide Resources. Prioritize Prevention. Intervene Early. Encourage Treatment. Support Recovery. Promote Balance.

Not only is this the right thing to do, but law firms are discovering that promoting well-being can be a tremendous economic boost. Whatever form a given mental health or wellness effort takes, someone has to steer it. Thus law firms are immediately faced with two questions: What type of roles are best suited to leading a well-being effort in the firm, and what type of background is best suited to those roles? Once selected, these new leaders have the opportunity to make a huge impact on firm culture and attorney wellness. 

“The legal profession is trapped in a work culture that is out of balance from top to bottom, and we are seeing the results of not dealing with stress, anxiety and one’s professional life in a healthy manner.” Read more.

Change is hard but worth the effort (or in business lingo, there is a great return on the investment into wellness at work).

Below are suggested activities for Effective Leadership Wednesday:

What Leaders Can Do

What can the leadership of a law firm do to help lawyers preserve their mental health and enjoy some work-life balance? The available solutions may depend on the size and resources of the firm. Here are some options that have been implemented.

  1. Examine your beliefs and firm culture.
  2. Implement legal project management principles.
  3. Examine the firm’s billing and compensation system.
  4. Make sure lawyers have the tools and resources to do their work effectively and efficiently.
  5. Permit remote working at least part of the time.
  6. Offer flex time options..
  7. Provide convenience services.
  8. Model and mentor a balanced life.
  9. Incorporate wellness programs.

Read more: “Leadership Impact on Work-Life Balance.” ABA (2018). Article.

Visit the Well-Being Week After Party website: Here.

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