None of us has the brain we were born with. Brains grow and adapt. This process, called neuroplasticity, doesn’t end when you step out of the classroom. Even habits—reaching for cookies when stressed out, keeping your head down during staff meetings—cut “trails” in the brain throughout life that can be hard to overcome.
To read Ian Haydon’s complete article from Medical Xpress, click here.
Did you know you can donate to JLAP online now?
You can now conveniently pay online via PayPal and Visa/Mastercard/Discover.
Simply go to our donation page to donate.
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The Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and donations are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS. Your donation will help support the life-saving work of JLAP and further its mission to save lives and careers in the legal profession.
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June 28 – June 30
Solomon Conference Center in Loranger
We will return to the beautiful Solomon Conference Center in Loranger for a weekend filled with fellowship, fun and fantastic CLE’s, including ethics and professionalism.
First year was great, but the second will be even better! Afternoon yoga, fishing, and raffle prizes too!
All meals and CLE’s are included with your $100 registration.
Overnight accommodations are available, on a limited, first-come first-serve basis, for an additional fee. If interested in sharing a room, please call JLAP directly.
Click HERE to register.
Jessica Duplantis visiting Tulane Law Center promoting Law School Student Health and Wellness.
An open letter to potential law students: Know the truth
With the recent news that some BigLaw starting salaries are rising to $190,000, it’s no wonder that law school continues to be a top destination for recent college graduates. However, the truth behind those starting salaries—and given the volatility of the legal job market and the effects of globalization and technology on the business of law—should give one pause before taking out $200,000 in school loans.
So the question remains: Should you go to law school? The answer, according to two legal industry experts: It depends.
Nicole Black and Heather Morse are two leading voices in the legal industry when it comes to discussing business of law trends, from the intersection of technology and the practice of law to the inner workings of successful law firms. Both are frequently asked for their advice by potential students considering law school. Here’s what they […]
from Positive Sobriety Institute, May 31, 2018
Long hours, a frantic pace, a competitive environment and pressure to succeed can contribute to making the job of a lawyer extremely stressful. Research shows that lawyers struggle with depression, anxiety disorders and substance use disorders such as drug and alcohol addiction at higher rates than other professions.
Despite the well-known toll that working in a high-intensity, demanding field can take, lawyers are typically unwilling to admit when they were struggling, said Buddy Stockwell, who is also a lawyer and the executive director of the Louisiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP).
According to Stockwell, the stigma and fear associated with seeking help for mental health and substance use issues are especially problematic for lawyers.
“We are trained in law school very early on to never surrender. That’s a huge barrier to seeking help. Lawyers do not want to give up and do not want to appear incapable of handling problems themselves,” Stockwell […]