New Hampshire Bar Association
About the Bar
For Members
For the Public
Legal Links
Online Store
Vendor Directory
NH Bar Foundation
Judicial Branch

Set Your Business Apart - Advertise with NH Bar News!

Visit the NH Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) website for information about how our trained staff can help you find an attorney who is right for you.
New Hampshire Bar Association
Lawyer Referral Service Law Related Education NHBA CLE NHBA Insurance Agency
Member Login
Member Portal

Bar News - November 19, 2014

NH Bar to Join Survey on Behavioral Health of Lawyers


NH Bar members will be asked early next month to complete a confidential brief survey on issues regarding substance abuse, depression and anxiety in the legal profession, as part of a national research effort.

The last nationwide comprehensive survey of the profession was completed 20 years ago. At that time, the statistics revealed that attorneys suffer from a disproportionately high rate of suicide, depression and substance abuse, as compared to other professionals.

There is no out-of-pocket expense for the Bar Association to participate in the survey; the NHBA Board of Governors authorized the use of the Bar Associations communications resources to disseminate the survey, starting in early December. (This survey is not related to the Bars survey on the economics of law practice, which closed earlier this month.) While aggregate information about NH will be gathered, the survey responses will go directly to the research project and will be completely confidential.

Cecie Hartigan, executive director of the NH Lawyers Assistance Program, said bar associations in several large states have already agreed to survey their members and said it is important for small states with predominantly rural or small-town practices such as New Hampshire be represented as well.

According to the ABA, which is collaborating with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation on sponsoring the joint research project, previous estimates put the addiction rate of attorneys at twice the rate of the general population. It appears the problem may be growing even worse. Its time to update the research, Patrick Krill, one of the studys leaders, said in a statement.

Terry Harrell, chair of the ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs, stated, We should celebrate this important collaboration. Having well conducted, current research on how these issues impact our profession will help us to better target our resources and provide the best assistance we can to our profession. In addition, this research will help inform the work of lawyer discipline, judicial discipline, lawyer admissions, and all those providing treatment to judges, lawyers, and law students.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

Home | About the Bar | For Members | For the Public | Legal Links | Publications | Online Store
Lawyer Referral Service | Law-Related Education | NHBA•CLE | NHBA Insurance Agency | NHMCLE
Search | Calendar

New Hampshire Bar Association
2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord NH 03301
phone: (603) 224-6942 fax: (603) 224-2910
© NH Bar Association Disclaimer