Bringing It Home to New England and Exploring the Generational Forces in Play in the Attorney Well-Being Movement


PART 1 – 9:15 – 10:00  The State of Attorney Well-Being:  Bringing it Home to New England

To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer.  Many believe our profession is falling short when it comes to well-being.  Too many lawyers and law students experience chronic stress and high rates of depression and substance abuse.  These findings are incompatible with a sustainable legal profession, and they raise troubling implications for many lawyers’ basic competence.

Facilitated by Chris Newbold, Co-Chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being and Executive Vice President of ALPS, this session is designed to spark an interactive discussion about state of attorney well-being amongst New England bar leaders.  Exploring this subject through the lens of the members we serve, we’ll delve into the current state of professional satisfaction among lawyers, how we’d characterize the well-being of our respective bar members, how life as a lawyer varies from expectations and whether lawyers, if they had to do it all over again, would choose a path into the legal profession.   Interactive, educational and reflective, this session will challenge you to re-envision what it means to be a bar leader in a time when our profession is at a crossroads, and what kind of profession we should aspire to create moving forward.

PART 2 – 10:00 – 10:30 (no break) Exploring the Generational Forces in Play in the Attorney Well-Being Movement

The millennial shift in the legal profession is inevitable, and already underway.  And with it comes differing values, evolving expectations and new perspectives on what professional satisfaction look life for an attorney.  Well-being advocates believe the generational forces have the potential to accelerate advances in attorney well-being.   Talent acquisition and talent retention today are increasingly dependent on a firm’s culture and a commitment to well-being.  This moderated panel will center on the perspectives of two New England lawyers who represent the undercurrents in play for millennial lawyers and deserve the attention of current and future bar leaders. Check re: gender as well as generational issue discussion.

Presenter's Biography

Christopher L. Newbold is Executive Vice President of ALPS Corporation and ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company. In his role as Executive Vice President, Chris oversees bar association relations, strategic and operational planning, risk management activities amongst policyholders, human resources, and non-risk related subsidiary units. Internally at ALPS, Chris has developed leading conceptual models for strategic planning which have driven proven results, ensured board and staff accountability, focused organizational energies, embraced change, integrated budgeting and human resource functions into the process and enabled a common vision for principal stakeholders.

Externally, Chris is a nationally-recognized strategic planning facilitator in the bar association and bar foundations worlds, conducts risk management seminars on best practices in law practice management and is well-versed in captive insurance associations and other insurance-related operations. Chris received his law degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 2001, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Following his graduation from law school, he served one year as a law clerk for the Honorable Terry N. Trieweiler of the Montana Supreme Court. He began his career at ALPS as President and Principal Consultant of ALPS Foundation Services, a non-profit fundraising and philanthropic management consulting firm. Chris is currently a member of the State Bar of Montana, the American Bar Association, and is involved in a variety of charitable activities.