Aspects of Practice

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This article is a topic within the subject Law, Lawyers and Society.

Required Reading

Y. Ross & P. MacFarlane, Lawyers’ Responsibility and Accountability: Cases, Problems and Commentary, Fourth Edition (Butterworth’s, 2012), pp. .

Speech by Attorney-General Robert McClelland MP, Tristan Jepson Memorial Lecture, 24 September 2009

  • [1] One- third of solicitors, he said, and one in five barristers, suffer depression to a level associated with disability … 40 per cent of (law students) are said to suffer from anxiety or depression
  • Contributing factors:
    • Adversarial nature of profession
    • Personalities
  • [2] Encouraging dialogue and early intervention: A lot of depression sufferers suffer alone or get into bad addictive habits
  • Mentoring and counselling as well as gatherings are useful
  • [3] Law societies also dedicate areas to helping their members
  • NSW Bar Association has courses on dealing with depression or integrates parts of such courses into training
  • [4] Government initiatives: COAG National Action Plan on Mental Health; Graduate Development Program; Beyond Blue National Workplace Program

Top firms vow to tackle depression, Lawyers Weekly, 29 September 2009

  • [5] Collaboration between management at several law firms
    • Share programs already working
    • Survey young lawyers on potential help strategies
    • Early intervention on mental illness

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References

Textbook refers to Y. Ross & P. MacFarlane, Lawyers’ Responsibility and Accountability: Cases, Problems and Commentary, Fourth Edition (Butterworth’s, 2012).

  1. Textbook, p. 143
  2. Textbook, p. 144
  3. Textbook, p. 145
  4. Textbook, p. 146
  5. Textbook, p. 148
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