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Lemons seeks views on lawyer well-being report

Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons is asking for comments on a recently published 73-page report on recommendations for lawyer well-being.

Lemons served on the multi-faceted task force that produced the report, having been appointed as liaison from the Conference of Chief Justices.

The report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, contains 44 recommendations for stakeholders, including recommendations for judges, regulators, legal employers, law schools, bar associations, and lawyer professional liability carriers.

“The report is lengthy (I prefer to consider it ‘comprehensive’); however, it is well worth reading,” Lemons wrote in an Aug. 16 letter to Virginia bar association leaders.

The Conference of Chief Justices last Wednesday recommended that each state consider the report and its 44 recommendations on improving lawyer well-being.

The CCJ “supports the goals of reducing impairment and addictive behavior, and improving the well-being of lawyers, and recommends that each jurisdiction considers the recommendations of the Report,” a CCJ resolution read.

Lemons is asking for input from the bar.

“I would like to have your reactions to this Report and to the Resolution from the Conference of Chief Justices,” Lemons wrote in his letter to bar leaders.