Kayleigh Leonie

Kayleigh qualified as a solicitor in July 2012 and specializes 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.

Elizabeth Rimmer

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.

Kieran Pender

Kieran is a senior legal advisor with the International Bar Association (IBA) Legal Policy and Research Unit (LPRU), and a Visiting Fellow at The Australian National University (ANU) Centre for International and Public Law. He has led the LPRU’s work on diversity and inclusion in legal workplaces, and is the author of “Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession” (2019). Kieran is a graduate of the ANU, where he was awarded the university medal. His academic work has been published in the Public Law Review, Sydney Law Review and Melbourne University Law Review, and he has spoken at the United Nations, World Bank, European Parliament, and OECD. Kieran is also a freelance journalist and has reported from four continents for The Guardian and Monocle.

Emma Jones

Emma Jones is a Senior Lecturer and Teaching Director at The Open University Law School.  Her research focuses on the role of emotion and wellbeing in legal education and the legal profession and she has written a range of articles on these topics.  Her monograph “Emotion in the Law School:  Transforming Legal Education Through the Passions” is due to be published shortly.  Prior to working in academia, Emma practiced as a solicitor, specialising in construction law.

Emma is currently working with the UK charity LawCare on the Fit for Law project, developing a range of free online resources for legal professionals aimed at promoting emotionally and psychologically healthy ways of working in law.  Emma is also co-chair of the UK Chapter of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence and co-convenor of the law and emotion stream at the Socio-Legal Studies Association annual conference. 

Ginger Lerner-Wren

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. She is a 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.

David Jaffe

David Jaffe is Associate Dean for Student Affairs at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. In his work on wellness issues among law students over the last decade, he has served on the D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program including as its chair, and continues to serve on the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) as co-chair of the Law School Assistance Committee.

Jaffe co-authored “Suffering in Silence: The Survey of Law Student Well-Being and the Reluctance of Law Students to Seek Help for Substance Use and Mental Health Concerns”, reporting the results of a survey he co-piloted in 2014. He was lead author for the Law School section of “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change” released in August, 2017.

He also produced the “Getting Health, Staying Healthy” video that is used as a resource in many Professional Responsibility classes around the country, and is responsible for modernizing the “Substance Abuse & Mental Health Toolkit for Law Students and Those Who Care About Them”. 

Jaffe also authored “The Key to Law Student Well-Being? We Have to Love Our Law Students” in the NALP PD (National Association of Law Placement Professional Development) Quarterly.

Jaffe has presented frequently on law student wellness, including to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the ABA Academic Deans, the ABA Young Lawyers Division, CoLAP, AALS, the D.C. Bar, and NALSAP.

He received the 2015 CoLAP Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his commitment to improving the lives of law students, and the 2009 and 2018 Peter N. Kutulakis Award from the AALS Student Services Section for outstanding contributions to the professional development of law students.

Richard Collier

Richard Collier FAcSS FRSA is a Professor of Law at Newcastle University, UK. He has published widely in the area of law and gender and has recently been the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in connection with the project Wellbeing, Law and Society: Politics, Policy and Practice. He is presently writing a book on wellbeing in the legal community for the Cambridge University Press ‘Law in Context’ series and is a member of the Legal Professions Wellbeing Taskforce in the UK. He is also presently conducting a research project funded by Anxiety UK (2018) into experiences of anxiety amongst junior lawyers and working on wellbeing and mental health in university law schools and on men, gender equality and wellbeing in the context of senior university management.

Richard’s previous work has addressed masculinities, law and legal systems, family law, fatherhood, criminology, the legal profession and legal education and research. His books include: Men, Law and Gender: Essays on the ‘Man’ of Law (Routledge, 2010), Fragmenting Fatherhood: A Socio-Legal Study (with Sally Sheldon, Hart, 2008), Masculinities, Crime and Criminology: Men, Corporeality and the Criminal(ised) Body (Sage, 1998), Masculinity, Law and the Family (Routledge, 1995) and Fathers’ Rights Activism and Law Reform in Comparative Perspective (edited with Sally Sheldon, Hart, 2007). Richard is an editorial board member of Social and Legal Studies: An International Journal.

Lucinda Soon

Lucinda qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales in 2009 and is a devoted advocate for mental health and well-being in the legal profession. 

Lucinda will complete a Masters (MSc) in Psychology in August 2019, with her research focused on the well-being of solicitors practising in England and Wales. Upon completion, Lucinda will begin her PhD in Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, centred around investigating the mental health and well-being of lawyers in further detail. 

As a passionate researcher, Lucinda is keen to draw on psychological theory and scientific methodologies to enhance our global understanding of the issues affecting lawyer well-being, from which effective and positive change can follow.

Angus Lyon

Angus Lyon is a UK lawyer and counselor.

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 counseling 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).

Dawn D'Amico

Dawn D’Amico is a psychotherapist, author, researcher and certified family court mediator. Her area of expertise is in trauma and secondary trauma. Dawn has been working in this area for over 20 years and is a preferred provider for family court, juvenile court and Wisconsin Addictions Resource Center. Her first book on Trauma was reviewed by Harvard Medical School, the University of Chicago, (her alma mater), and the Wisconsin Medical College. She is currently completing her second book, a textbook on health and well-being among legal professionals. This book will also be examining the issue of Secondary Trauma.

Her work has taken her all over the world including to Tanzania, Africa where she worked at Haydon Lutheran Hospital; Hayden Orphanage where she worked with 60 children under the age of 6. They were orphans from AIDs. Dawn has also taught at the graduate clinical level in the University of Wisconsin System as well as at Delhi University, New Delhi, India. Dawn has received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin -Madison and a letter of commendation from the State Governor. She has served as a keynote speaker at many events including the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Trauma and Mental Health and the TATA Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. She has also taught Continuing Education for Lawyers on Trauma and AODA issues.

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.

Dan Lukasik

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”.

Bob Murray

Bob Murray, MBA, Ph.D. 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 well-being 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 Ph.D. 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.

Neil Graffin

Neil Graffin in a Lecturer in Law at The Open University Law School. His research is in the fields of human rights, asylum and immigration, and in the wellbeing of legal practitioners. He is particularly interested in how the law and legal practice responds to or is affected by traumatised people, traumatic narratives, or events.

Recently Neil has conducted and published research into secondary trauma and burnout amongst asylum law practitioners resulting in the publications ‘The emotional impacts of working as an asylum lawyer’ and ‘Protecting asylum practitioners form emotional strain, secondary trauma and burnout: education, support, and reform’ (forthcoming).

Neil is currently working with the UK charity LawCare on the Fit for Law project, developing a range of materials to support healthy ways of working in law. Neil has presented regularly on the issue of wellbeing in legal practice, for example, at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference, the International Legal Ethics Conference, and the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference.

Neil is the Honorary Secretary of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is on the Executive Board of a search and rescue charity called Refugee Rescue.