The ‘New Normal’ for Legal Employers: Signing the ABA Wellness Pledge


In an article published in the New York Law Journal, Fordham Law’s role as a signatory on the ABA “Wellness Pledge” is mentioned.

In September 2018, the American Bar Association’s Working Group To Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession (ABA Working Group) launched a Wellness Campaign for Legal Employers.

The primary vehicle of the ABA Campaign is the Wellness Pledge, a two-phase public affirmation about attorney wellness, mental health issues and substance abuse. A legal employer who signs onto the Pledge, by the act of becoming a signatory, first commits to awareness of the importance of these issues that jeopardize the future of the profession. The second phase of the Pledge commitment is the signatory’s accountability to report back annually, after each full year of participation, about the specific organizational steps that were taken to advance the seven-point Pledge strategy.

Now, three years in, there are 213 Pledge signatories and counting. Most are global Big Law firms, but other legal employers are joining too: law schools, including Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Fordham University School of Law; corporate legal departments; government agencies; bar associations; not-for-profits, smaller firms, and solo practitioners.

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