Attorneys, Judges and law students disproportionately struggle with depression. Research out of the University of AZ finds that 19% of lawyers suffer from depression at any given time. Research out of the University of Washington finds that 40% of law students have suffered with depression by the time the graduate. Why is depression so significantly higher in the legal community? We explore this important topic with attorney, and mental health advocate Dan Lukasik.
From Dan's Website:
Dan is a 1988 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law in Buffalo, New York and a managing partner at the law firm of Bernhardi Lukasik PLLC in Buffalo where he litigates cases in state and federal courts across New York State. He is listed in the publications The Best Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers and The Buffalo Law Journal’s Who’s Who in Law as one of the top personal injury lawyers in Buffalo.
In 2008, Dan created Lawyerwithdepression.com, the first website and blog of its kind in the country, to help law students, lawyers and judges cope with and heal from depression. The site and Dan’s work have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The National Law, Trial Magazine and several other national and international publications. He is was the recipient of The Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service from The University at Buffalo School of Law and The Award of Merit from the Erie County Bar Association.
He is the Executive Producer of the documentary, A Terrible Melancholy: Depression in the Legal Profession and is currently writing a book about depression and lawyers.
Professionally, Dan is a Board member of The Erie County Bar Association and Compeer, Buffalo, an organization dedicated to finding and pairing up mentors with men, women and children struggling with mental illness.
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Facebook: Lawyers With Depression