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Wellbeing Lessons Learned from COVID

Research continues to indicate that symptoms of psychological distress in law students begin early in law school and continue throughout their studies and into their professional lives as legal practitioners.

The Wellness Network for Law is a community of legal academics, practitioners and students who are committed to addressing the high levels of psychological distress experienced in law; and promoting wellness at law school, in the legal academy, and in the profession.   The Network seeks to achieve these aims through supporting a deeper understanding of the onset and causes of psychological distress, as well as through the development of successful strategies fro preventing and ameliorating distress, and for fostering well-being within law schools and the profession.

The 2021 forum will be an online opportunity to share research, scholarship, successful practice and future thinking around the theme.   

Dates 

Friday 19 November - Saturday 20 November 2021

Harmonising Legal Education: Aligning the Stages in Lifelong Learning for Lawyers

Bond University’s Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLE) was proud to host the 2020 Professional Legal Education conference on the theme of ‘Harmonising Legal Education: Aligning the Stages in Lifelong Learning for Lawyers’, in partnership with the Australasian Law Academics Association (ALAA), the Law Wellness Network and Voiceless.

The 2020 Professional Legal Education Conference was a virtual conference, with registration free of charge. Speakers were able to deliver their presentations online, and attendees were able to view the presentations, ask questions and provide feedback remotely. The program was delivered as a combination of live streaming and pre-recorded videos able to be watched at any time.

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The 2019 National Wellness for Law Forum was hosted in Melbourne focusing on the theme: Making Wellness Core Business. The forum was held over 14th -15th February and was hosted by both Melbourne Law School (Day 1) and Monash University’s Faculty of Law (Day 2). 

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2018 National Wellness for Law Forum

The 2018 National Wellness for Law Forum was hosted by Bond University’s Law Faculty. The theme was ‘Do No Harm‘ and emphasized ways in which law can be created, administered, practised and taught while avoiding harm to others.

Research continues to indicate that symptoms of psychological distress in law students begin early in law school and continue throughout their studies and into their professional lives as legal practitioners.

The 2018 National Wellness for Law Forum will be an opportunity to share research, scholarship, successful practice and future thinking around the theme: ‘Do No Harm’. The emphasis will be upon identifying ways in which law can be created, administered, practised and taught with an emphasis upon avoiding harm to others.

The Forum will be held on 15 - 16 February 2018 at Bond University Law Faculty and include invited plenary speakers and panel discussions, as well as paper and poster presentations.

Day 1 - Thursday 15 February will focus on wellness in legal education.

Day 2 - Friday 16 February will focus on wellness in the legal profession.

Legal practitioners will be eligible to earn up to 6 CPD points for their attendance on day 2.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to Bond University for the 2018 National Wellness for Law Forum.

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2017 Wellness for Law Forum

The 2017 Wellness for Law Forum was held at Adelaide Law School. The theme was Rehumanising the Law and Legal Education which explored self-perception, diversity and inclusion (embracing age, race, gender, sexuality, religious conviction etc.), individual and institutional respect, and psychological empowerment in legal study and practice.

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Wellness for Law Forum 2016

by Melissa Castan | Nov 5, 2015 | General | 2 comments

Save the Date

The 2016 Forum will be held in Sydney at the College of Law (St Leonard’s Campus) on 4 and 5 February 2016.

 Call for Submissions

The call for submissions for the 2016 Wellness for Law Forum is now available here http://www.collaw.edu.au/2016-national-wellness-for-law-forum-submissions/

As has been the case with all previous Forums, we anticipate receiving a wide range of proposals in various forms – including academic papers, research papers, panels, workshops and posters.

Deadline for Submissions

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2015. This date has been chosen to facilitate the process of planning and scheduling of Forum sessions.

Visual Arts Exhibition

We are planning an exhibition of visual art works by participants (during the Forum). A few likely attendees have already expressed interest! More detail of this initiative will follow in the next few weeks. We hope that this announcement prompts a flowing of creative juices.

Registration

Registration for the Forum will open soon. Please get in touch if you have any questions.  Further information is available on the website http://www.collaw.edu.au/wellnessforlaw2016/

Enquiries:

Judy Bourke [email protected] and

Michael Appleby [email protected]

On behalf of the Forum Committee

 

2015 Forum Presentations & Media

by Melissa Castan | Jan 29, 2015 | General | 1 comment

A great two days of forum. A terrific group of tweeter-rapporteurs were kept busy following the presentations.

Thanks to our colleague Kris Greaves, all these tweets were captured on Storify. You can catch up on all the first days tweets here, and the second day, here.

And you can see where some of the tweets came from, in the images below.

Images thanks to Kris Greaves.

Professor Paul Maharg also posted a couple of great reviews of some of the days presentations, you can find his thoughts on Rachel Field’s Keynote here, Justice Shane Marshall’s Keynote here, and his wrap up, here. You will find more of Paul’s posts here.

A write up of the Forum was published here by ANU Media.

More materials and presentations from the 2015 Forum will appear on this page, as they become available.

On a related issue, as mentioned, Kris Greaves pulled all the data from the tweets together, and then explored how legal academics (and others!) might capture and analyse the data from tweets and the blogs; they could be a useful repository of information from a conference such as this one. See his post A little bit meta – meta events, peripheral participation and data.

2014 Forum Materials

by Kate Galloway | Mar 2, 2014 | Forum | 0 comments

The 2014 Wellness for Law Forum, held at QUT, was a great success. Day one saw presentations focussing on the study of law and law student wellness, and day two focussed on the legal profession.

We have grouped together here some of the powerpoints and posters presented at the forum that give an overview of the ideas and discussions from the two days.

Day One – Law Student Wellness

  • Wendy Larcombe ‘Not only law students: high levels of psychological distress in a large university sample’
  • Stephen Tang ‘What works? Critically evaluating and applying psychological interventions in the legal education and practice environment’
  • Tania Leiman ‘Preparing students for what’s ahead: Using Statements of Inherent Requirements as a tool to encourage law students to manage their own wellbeing’

  • Toole & Giancaspro ‘Lex Salus – Reconciling Law and Wellbeing’
  • Stephen Tang ‘Change, severity and indicators of psychological distress in PLE

    students – and some reasons for hope’

  • Anna Huggins and Alex Steel ‘Class participation in law: Do demographics account for differences in students’ engagement and stress levels?’

  • Kate Lindsay, Sher Campbell, Teresa Dluzewska and Dianne

    Kirby ‘Lessons from the implementation of a wellbeing curriculum in first

    year law: Coals to Newcastle?

  • Colin James ‘Habits for wellbeing and productivity in law’

  • Margaret Jolly ‘Understanding the stress response – thinking like a zebra’

  • Mark Seton ‘Resilient sensitivity for vital performance – how lawyers and actors may deal with traumatic material’ [See also Introduction to Resilient Sensitivity]

  • Molly Townes O’Brien ‘Legal education as a meaningful struggle’

Day Two – Wellness in the Profession

  • Michael McGarvie ‘Confronting regulatory forgiveness – A case study from the Victorian regulator’
  • Beverley Kirk ‘Perspectives on psychological injuries in the workplace’

  • Rebecca Michalak, Stephen Hughes, Beverley Kirk, ‘A triad of perspectives on psychological injuries in the workplace’

  • Joel Orenstein ‘Law and the path of wisdom – using mindfulness to transform fear, anxiety and worry into clarity and emotional intelligence’
  • Kate Galloway and Melissa Castan ‘Sexism in the profession: A barometer of professional ethics?
  • Laura Helm ‘Time for change: Designing a legal profession wide health and wellbeing program’
  • Maxine Evers, Judy Bourke, Michael Appleby ‘Mental health guidelines for the legal profession: Best practice’
  • Marie Jepson ‘Promoting the guidelines: The TJMF priority for 2014’

Here are two reflections on the forum by lawyer and blogger Kathryn Hodges: Back to Uni; Wellness for Law Forum Through My Eyes.

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Promoting Wellbeing in Law Schools and the Legal Profession

The 2013 forum was a great opportunity to hear about recent research findings and to discuss future projects and initiatives with like-minded colleagues. 

Australian and American research indicates that for many law students, symptoms of psychological distress begin early in law school and continue throughout their study of law and into their working lives. The Wellness Network for Law is a community of legal academics, practitioners and students who are committed to: first, addressing the high levels of psychological distress experienced in law; and second, promoting wellness at law school, in the legal academy, and in the profession. The Network seeks to achieve these aims through supporting a deeper understanding of the onset and causes of psychological distress, as well as through the development of strategies for preventing and ameliorating distress, and for fostering wellbeing, within law schools and the profession.

The 2013 forum will be an opportunity to hear about recent research findings and to discuss future projects and initiatives with like-minded colleagues.

Dates and Venue

Thursday, 21 February – Friday, 22 February 2013

Melbourne Law School
University Square, 185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053
Australia

Support for this activity has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The views expressed in this activity do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.

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