Mental Health Institute of Legal Professions

NOTES: 

1. Currently, the Mental Health Institute of Legal Professions (ISMA-MHILP) is in negotiations with other entities to constitute a Foundation that will allow all the lines of action of the organisation to be deployed. Although we are in this phase of transition, the projects programmed for this judicial year 2019-2020 will be carried out.

2. The website may undergo variations in the coming weeks due to the updating and inclusion of new contents and profiles of professionals/entities that will be incorporated into the Foundation.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

What do we do?

Working for legal professionals’ and law students’ good mental health and wellbeing to guarantee and strengthen the Rule of Law and citizens’ fundamental rights

 

Assess

1. To assess and analyse the state of mental health and wellbeing of legal professionals and law students in Europe through wellbeing surveys.

2. To assess those bar associations, law firms, and law schools that, voluntarily, want to obtain the recognition of this entity as a healthy organisation in the legal sector.

Educate / Raise awareness

3. To combat mental health stigma, discriminatory practices, bullying, and sexual harassment suffered by legal professionals and law students in Europe.

4. To do research on European legal professionals’ and law students’ mental health and wellbeing.

5. To foster healthy lifestyles among legal professionals and law students in Europe, as well as encouraging them to seek professional help if they are suffering mental health problems.

 

Help

6. To recommend the adoption of wellbeing policies to bar associations, law firms, administrations of justice, law schools and legal training centres through the European Legal Sector Wellbeing Plan, and personalised wellbeing plans.

7. To achieve rehabilitation and reintegration into the employment of those law professionals and law students in Europe who have mental health problems or addictions.

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Change

 

8. To foster changes in the regulations of the legal professionals and the curricula of law degrees and masters.

9. To promote women’s leadership in the European legal sector through raising-awareness campaigns.

Our Story

What have we done?

Signature of the collaboration agreement with the COPC

26 March 2018: signing of the collaboration agreement with the Official College of Psychology of Catalonia. From left to right: Guillermo Mattioli Jacobs (current dean), Josep Vilajoana Celaya (former dean) and Manel Atserias Luque.

Interview

20 May 2018: Report on TV3, after the Tele news. From left to right: Manel Atserias Luque, Marta Lopera Mármol (second vice-president), Tomás Gabriel García Micó (first vice-president & secretary), and Ferran García de Palau García Faría (a member of the Wellbeing Committee).

Participation in the IV Conference of Catalan Bar Association

27 September 2018: Participation in the colloquium “Equilibrio en la profesión: El bienestar emocional en el ejercicio de la abogacía” during the IV Conference of the Catalan Bar Association. From left to right: Gabriela Boldó Prats (Wellbeing Committee), Jordi Albareda Cañadell (Dean of the Lleida Bar Association) and Manel Atserias Luque.

Talk at ESADE Madrid

6 November 2018: Participation in the conference “El bienestar en las firmas de abogados: un paso más hacia la productividad“, organised by ESADE Business & Law School [Madrid] and Wolters Kluwer España. From left to right: Eugenia Navarro Segura, Paula Fernández-Ochoa (Wellbeing Committee), Agustín Peralt and Manel Atserias Luque.

Official presentation at the UdG

14 November 2018: Official presentation of ISMA-MHILP to the University of Girona School of Law. From left to right: Mckenzie Cross (staff), Manel Atserias Luque, Ferran Garcia de Palau Garcia-Faria (Wellbeing Committee), David Jaffe (Associate Dean of Students Affairs of American University Washington College of Law), Gabriela Boldó Prats (Wellbeing Committee) and Albert Ruda (Dean of the University of Girona School of Law).

Meeting with Kayleigh Leonie

6 April 2019: Manel Atserias Luque and Tomás Gabriel García Micó attended the XII Annual Conference of the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) of the Law Society of England and Wales in London. Kayleigh Leonie is currently a trustee of LawCare and a member of the Mental Health Institute of Legal Professions Advisory Board.

Meeting with Elizabeth Rimmer

6 April 2019: Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare and member of the Mental Health Institute of Legal Professions Advisory Board, attended the 12th Annual Conference of the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society of England and Wales in London.

Meeting with Amy Clowrey

6 April 2019: Manel Atserias Luque and Tomás Gabriel García Micó attended the XII Annual Conference of the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) of the Law Society of England and Wales in London. Amy Clowrey is currently president of the JLD.

Spanish Bar Association XII Conference

11 May 2019: Manel Atserias Luque and Paula Fernández Ochoa (member of the Wellbeing Committee) participated in the presentation “Benestar i Advocacia” of the Spanish Bar Association XII Conference and presented the I Study on Spanish Lawyers’ Health and Wellbeing, an initiative of Lefebvre and the ISMA-MHILP. From left to right: Manel Atserias Luque, Paula Fernández Ochoa, Agustín Born (Director of Communication at Lefebvre), Carmen Pérez Andujar (Member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Material Resources of CGAE) and Sara Molina Pérez Tomé (member of the Wellbeing Committee).

Meeting with the president of CGAE

21 May 2019: Meeting with Victòria Ortega Benito (president of the Spanish Bar Association). From left to right: Carmen Pérez Andújar (member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Material Resources of CGAE), Manel Atserias Luque, Victòria Ortega Benito (president of the CGAE) and Sara Molina Pérez Tomé (member of the Wellbeing Committee).

I Study on Spanish Lawyers’ Health and Wellbeing

 

Healthy Business Charter

 

The Healthy Business Charter (HBC) is a declaration of intent whose main purpose, like the Mindful Business Charter, is “to remove unnecessary sources of workplace stress and promote better mental health and wellbeing in the legal community” in Spain. Although HBC refers to law firms, the truth is that any legal stakeholder (bar associations and law schools, among others) can support this initiative. 

The Spanish Bar Association approved to sign the HBC on 7 June 2019.

What will we do?

Judicial year 2019-2020