The Council of Government of the Mental Health Institute of Legal Professions (ISMA) has decided to create an Advisory Board to comply with its purposes.
Bearing in mind that Anglo-Saxon countries are pioneers in the adoption of legal professions and law schools wellbeing policies throughout the world, this Board will be composed of lawyers, of recognized prestige, who work in these topics.
Member: Elizabeth Rimmer (CEO of LawCare)
Elizabeth has been managing and developing charities in the mental health sector for over 20 years. She joined LawCare in September 2014 from the Institute of Group Analysis, a membership and training organization for group psychotherapists. Before that, she headed up Alzheimer’s Disease International, a worldwide federation of Alzheimer Associations. Elizabeth started her working life as a solicitor specializing in clinical negligence, practicing at Leigh Day.
LawCare, a registered charity, supports and promotes good mental health and wellbeing throughout the legal community in the United Kingdom and Ireland. LawCare provides emotional support, information about the mental health issues that can affect lawyers and works to raise awareness about why mental health matters.
Member: Anna Gener Surrell
Anna Gener Surrell is Chairman-CEO at Savills Aguirre Newman in Barcelona. She is a clear example of female leadership in the business world and she has decided to join the Mental Health Institute of Legal Professions as a member of the Advisory Board to help the Council of Government in female leadership and equality-related issues.
Before becoming Chairman-CEO, Anna worked for six years as a financial auditor in Grant Thornton and KPMG. She joined Aguirre Newman in 2003 as an analyst of Real Estate Investments, and in 2005 she was appointed Director of Land Department. As a CEO, she leads a group of more than 60 professionals.
She studied in the Pompeu Fabra University her Degree in Economics and Business, later on, she got the Postgraduate degree of Access to the Official Registry of Auditors. She also studied a course on Real Estate Management in IESE Business School.
Anna is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Barcelona Urban Cluster and the Social Council Ateneu Barcelonés. She is also Board Member of Círculo Ecuestre, PIMEC, and RICS España, and she is Patroness of Cares Foundation.
Member: Brian Cuban
Brian Cuban, the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban, is a Dallas based attorney, author, and addiction recovery advocate. He is graduate of Penn State University and The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Brian has been in long term recovery from alcohol, cocaine, and bulimia since April of 2007.
His first book, “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder” chronicles his first-hand experiences living with, and recovering from, twenty-seven years of eating disorders, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
Brian’s most recent, best-selling book, “The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of The Bar, Booze, Blow & Redemption” is an unflinching look back at how addiction and other mental health issues destroyed his career as a once successful lawyer and how he and others in the profession redefined their lives in recovery and found redemption.
Brian has spoken at law schools, colleges, universities, conferences, non-profit and bar association events across the United States and Canada. Brian has appeared on prestigious talks shows such as the Katie Couric Show as well as numerous media outlets around the country. He also writes extensively on these subjects. His columns have appeared, and he has been quoted on these topics on CNN.com, Foxnews.com, The Huffington Post, Above The Law, The New York Times, and in online and print newspapers around the world.
Member: Judge Ginger Lerner-Wern
Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren was elected Broward County Court Judge in 1997. Judge Lerner-Wren pioneered the first problem solving Mental Health Court in the United States, dedicated to the decriminalization and treatment of persons arrested with mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
Broward’s Mental Health Court is a national and global model. Recognitions include: Broward’s Court was the model for The America’s Law Enforcement & Mental Health Project signed into law by President Bill Clinton in November, 2000. The Court was showcased at The White House, Conference on Mental Health and subsequently appointed by President George W. Bush to The President’s Commission New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. The Court was selected (2013) Top Finalist, Innovating Justice Award, Hiil Foundation, The Hague, The Netherlands. In 2015 Judge Wren received National Council Advocacy and Excellence Award “Elected Official Service”. She serves on the Board of Governors, United Way of Broward County Commission on Behavioral Health and Drug Prevention, Executive Committee, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Advisory Board, International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence.
Judge Lerner-Wren speaks nationally and internationally and is adjunct Professor for Nova Southeastern University. Blogger for diverse subjects: mental health, criminal justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, disability and human rights. Judge Lerner-Wren is the author of, “A Court of Refuge: Stories from the Bench of America’s First Mental Health Court”, Beacon Press. Note: the author takes no proceeds, which shall be donated to mental health & advocacy organizations.
Member: Daniel T. Lukasik, Esq.
Dan graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 1988. Since then, he has litigated cases throughout the country and is listed in the publication, “The Best Lawyers in America”.
Ten years ago, after being diagnosed with Major Depression, Dan created the website, Lawyerwithdepression.com, the first site of its kind in the nation, to help law students, lawyers, and judges cope with and recover from too much stress, anxiety, and depression. Since its launch, LawyerswithDepression has received over 3 million page views.
Dan’s work on mental health in the law has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The National Law Journal, on CNN, and many other national and international media outlets. He has lectured around the country on mental health at law schools, bar associations, judicial groups, colleges, and mental health organizations and is the recipient of the “Public Service Merit Award” from the New York State Bar Association, and “The Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service” from his law school alma mater for his work in assisting those with depression across the country.
Dan is the Executive Producer for of the original documentary, “A Terrible Melancholy: Depression in the Legal Profession”.
Member: Kayleigh Leonie
Kayleigh qualified as a solicitor in July 2012 and specialises in employment law at TandonHildebrand in London.
In 2015 Kayleigh was delighted to be elected as a Council Member of the Law Society of England and Wales to represent junior lawyers with up to five years’ post-qualification experience. In 2017 Kayleigh prepared a survey to gather information on the resilience and wellbeing of junior lawyers in England and Wales, a topic she is extremely passionate about. Kayleigh compiled a summary of the findings into a report and chaired a webinar on stress in the legal profession for Mental Health Awareness Week. As well as re-running the survey in 2018, Kayleigh also prepared and released best practice guidance for employers on supporting wellbeing and resilience in the workplace.
Member: Bob Murray
Bob Murray, MBA, PhD is a clinical psychologist and a behavioral neurogeneticist who consults with law firms large and small in the U.S., Australia, China/Hong Kong, the UK and Europe. At the heart of his work with firms are issues of stress, depression and resilience. His insights are based on his wide experience in business as well as his deep knowledge of research in the areas of management, psychology, genetics and neurobiology.
Dr. Bob is a key-note speaker, executive coach and strategic advisor. With his colleague Dr. Alicia Fortinberry, Bob won the American Science Achievement Award and was appointed to head the Obama Administration’s comprehensive national work stress initiative.
Bob’s latest book with Alicia, “Leading the Future: The human science of law firm strategy and leadership” (Ark Group, London) shows the potential impact of the new science of human wellbeing and organizational success. Bob and Alicia are also authors of the international best-sellers “Creating Optimism and Raising an Optimistic Child” (McGraw-Hill, New York), which have become standards in the fields of optimism and resilience.
Dr. Bob has worked with major medical centers in the U.S. and Australia and lectured at Sydney, Duke, Tufts, South Florida and California State universities. He received his MBA and MA in Psychology from Sydney University and his PhD from New York University.
Bob began his career as a psychologist with a private practice in New York and for several years ran the University of South Florida’s very successful “Uplift Program” aimed at people with major depressive disorder. He also successfully exported this program to Australia.
He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was made a Fellow of the British Institute of Management.
Member: Angus Lyon
Angus Lyon is a UK lawyer and counsellor.
Having practiced as a solicitor for over 35 years, he now works as a consultant. During his time in practice he was regularly recommended in the UK Legal 500.
He is also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and was a director and co-founder of Catalyst Counselling CIC, a non-profit organization providing counselling and therapy training.
Combining his experience in the legal and therapy worlds, he writes for the legal press and is the author of “A Lawyer’s Guide to Wellbeing and Managing Stress” (Ark Group 2015).