National Wellness for Law Forum
Thursday, 5 February 2015 - Friday, 6 February 2015
The 2015 National Wellness for Law Forum will be held on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 February 2015, hosted by ANU Legal Workshop in Canberra. The forum is an annual initiative of the Wellness Network for Law, a community of academics, practitioners, regulators, students and wellness advocates who are committed to:
- Addressing the high levels of psychological distress experienced in law
- Promoting wellness at law school, in the legal academy, and in the profession.
Theme for 2015
The theme for the 2015 Forum is Wellness in Legal Education and Practice: Towards Integration and New Connections. Since the first Forum in 2012, the conversation on psychological wellness and distress in the law has advanced substantially. There are now many voices bringing different experiences and perspectives from across the spectrum of legal education and practice, and crossing into many other disciplines. This concurrent specialisation and diversification is a welcome sign of a maturing community of research and practice.
The Forum will be an opportunity for this community to gather and to discuss future projects, works in progress and initiatives to promote wellbeing in the profession and at law school. Our particular focus will be integration of:
- the work being done with different populations in law (e.g. law students, lawyers, legal academics and the judiciary);
- the wellness research and practice in law with that of other disciplines and populations, and understanding the common and distinctive factors relevant to wellness in law;
- different wellness theories and interventions (eg, prevention of distress v promotion of wellbeing) in the law context;
- wellness more deeply into legal education and practice, rather than as a supplement to existing pedagogy and practices;
- the wellness discussion with considerations regarding the commercial realities of the profession (including lawyer retention, performance and sustainability); and
- the wellness research and practice with other social and cultural developments relevant to the role and future of legal education and practice.
The forum will be an opportunity to gather with professionals, academics, regulators and students from a variety of disciplines. It will also be an opportunity to discuss future projects, works in progress and initiatives to promote wellbeing in the profession and at law school.
We look forward to welcoming you to the 2015 Wellness for Law Forum at The Australian National University.
For further information about the conference theme or program, please contact Stephen Tang or +61 2 6125 8446.