The Well-Being Committee is an autonomous and decision-making branch created under the directions of the Council of Government of the Mental Health Institute of Legal Professions (“MHILP”) aimed to set the necessary structures to develop the first two work-phases of the MHILP.
The Well-Being Committee, formed by representatives of all the relevant Law-related collectives, answers to the need of fulfilling the following objectives:
3rd. To recommend the adoption of certain organizational policies within law firms, judicial administration, and law schools to improve the wellbeing of these collectives.
7th. To propose the inclusion of mental health contents in university programs (Law Degree and LL.M. for the Access to the Bar Association) to Law Schools and legal training centers, as well as in the courses organized by bar associations and law students associations.
In particular, the functions of the Well-Being Committee of the MHILP are:
1. Drafting the Yearly Well-being Programme (“YWP”), which will recommend all the relevant actors to adopt certain organizational policies to grant the well-being of legal professionals and Law students.
2. Drafting the Scalation Proposal (“Scale”) in collaboration with the Scientific Committee. This document intends to objectivate and grant a numeric value to (i) problems detected with the internal MHILP reports and (ii) the need-to-be-improved points that the MHILP will have detected previously. With this system, the MHILP will be ready to launch its third phase: the verification and certification system.
3. Overview of the correct implementation and functioning of the verification and certification system.
The Well-Being Committee is an organism composed by twenty-one members which will represent each of one of the collectives for which the MHILP is working to (legal professionals and law students), as well as by the representatives of the Scientific Committee and the Observatory for Gender Equality in Legal Professions.
The President and the Vice-President of the MHILP will be members (that will not be counted as members) and will attend each meeting, with voice but without a vote.
Member: Ferran García de Palau García-Faria
Ferran García de Palau García-Faria is a lawyer registered before the Barcelona Bar Association since 1992, having developed his professional activity in Private Law, Commercial Law, and Procedural Law. He has trained several juniors lawyers and has been Law teacher.
Currently, he works as Mindfulness instructor to adults and children; he does workshops and courses for professionals, companies and educational centers. He has designed the program Mindfulness to adults «Lawfulness». He presides the Training Center of the Barcelona Procurators’ Association (Centre d’Estudis de la Procura), where he teaches mindfulness courses to legal professionals and, at the same time, he manages the Mindfulness Area of the Center of Psychology and Professional Growing PSICOTOOLS.
Member: Marisa Méndez
Marisa Méndez works as psychologist-coach and has a long career in the legal industry. She is a member of the Official College of Psychologists of Madrid (nº 33319). She holds a degree in Psychology from UNED and she is currently studying the Master in General Health Psychology from UNIR and the Master in Clinical Sexology and Couples Therapy by ISEP. She has received specialized training in coaching, NLP, emotional intelligence, and enneagram.
In addition, Marisa is a dual qualified lawyer (English and Spanish) and holds a Master in Marketing and a Postgraduate degree in Management of Non-Profit Organizations. She has enjoyed a has enjoyed a 20 years prolific career in the legal industry. Previously she was a finance associate in the London office of Clifford Chance, Consultant to the third sector, including a UN-Agency and Iberian Marketing Manager to Allen & Overy. In 2008, she started working as a consultant to law firms in Spain and Latin America and from 2010 she became a life coach. Her passion and interest for the deep understanding of behavior and motivation of professionals took her to get her qualification as a psychologist.
Currently, she is devoted to the design of the “Becoming a Happier and a Healthier Lawyer Program” (BHHL), based on the findings of the science of well-being. The Program´s aim is to enhance law school students’ and lawyers’ well-being. She is an associate professor in IE Law School, ESADE, and ISDE.
She is also a very active writing books, articles and case studies in her fields of specialization, including the Spanish chapter (“Big Law in Spain: a Dynamic Ecosystem”) of the book “Big Law in Latin America and Spain: Globalization and Adjustments in the Provision of High-End Legal Services“, a project of the Stanford Law School on the Future of the Legal Profession and published by Palgrave McMillan in 2017.
Member: Berta Santos Rouco
Lawyer and Legal Coach.
She has developed her career in Knowledge & Information Department in Clifford Chance. She was working as an Intelectual Property Lawyer in International companies such as Isdin, Nestlé, BDO Audiberia and different intellectual property agencies.
She works as a coach in legal firms and offers private sessions for lawyers. She is a teacher in law universities doing sessions regarding emotional intelligence, coaching, and leadership for lawyers.
Member: Paula Fernández-Ochoa
Paula has a solid education and professional experience that allow her to have a global vision of the business. From practicing law for years, she has gone on to set up her own Legal Marketing and Personal & Corporate Brand consultancy + MoreThanLaw and, in parallel, due to her healthy lifestyle and sports fondness, she has created her own brand: VivircorRiendo. She is 100% entrepreneur.
She is a partner of + MORETHANLAW, a Legal Marketing and Personal Brand consultant in high competition environments. She has been an attorney at MAZARS and GARRIGUES, manager at LEGÁLITAS and Head of Business Development at ROCA JUNYENT. Graduate in Law and Qualified in Economics (ICADE), Postgraduate in Business Administration and Management (Pompeu Fabra), PDD in IESE and Digital Marketing and Sales Management Program at ESADE. She is a member of the Management Committee of Legálitas LAB, the Board of Directors of Inkietos and the Welfare Committee of the Mental Health of the Lawyer Institute. She is a teacher at several universities, a regular speaker and author of ebooks and numerous marketing and personal branding articles.
With sport in her genes, a passion inherited from his father the Olympic skier Paco Fernández-Ochoa, she founded @VivircorRiendo, from which she motivates and inspires with her motto “Que a Reir No te Gane Nadie” (Be a champ of laughs) and she is a champion of Welfare as a way of life that brings quality and results in the benefit of productivity (eg: presentations at the 10th edition of the Economics Week in Alzira or the Feminine and Business Leadership Forum in Valencia and Barcelona, under the title “Make your best mark”). She works as an ambassador for numerous brands and as a teacher in professional associations in the sector (eg: Spanish Olympic Committee, Royal Spanish Winter Sports Federation, Liga4Sports). She collaborates in numerous support projects. She is the protagonist and co-author of one of the stories in the book “The Mountain and Life”, Ediciones Desnivel 2018, with stories that show the mountain as an enormous catalyst of emotions.
Phone: (+34) 652 535 910
Member: Gabriela Boldó i Prats
Gabriela has a broad and solid career that has allowed her to live both the legal professions and the study of Law (as coordinator of the LL.M. in Professional Legal Practice at the Barcelona School of Management-Universitat Pompeu Fabra).
For more than 16 years (between 1999 and 2016), Gabriela has worked as a substitute judge, mainly in criminal jurisdiction, but at the beginning of her career as a substitute judge, she also passed through civil jurisdiction (separations, divorces, and incapacitations). Throughout these years he has been able to see the human suffering and the responsibility that implies to be a lawyer and judge, not only from the legal point of view, but from the human side, in the sense that legal professionals treat the problems of others People who put us in our hands so we can offer them solutions.
Gabriela says that “to be able to see these problems from the necessary approach, with respect and empathy, without mixing emotions of other moments of our personal life included with the resonances that may generate us, we must be present and manage stress well.“
Throughout these years, the nerves, tensions, and stress that this responsibility entails and how these nerves and anxiety have diminished human quality and excellence in the exercise of our profession; in short, the mental health of the lawyer and the judge in the practice of the profession. For this reason, she did the course of MBSR, created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, for the reduction of stress and the improvement of the quality of life as well as the course of the house of emotions, at the Institute of Ecological Economy. Both courses aim to manage emotion, stress and have abilities to make a change of perspective in distressing situations.
He currently works as coordinator of the LL.M. in Professional Legal Practice at BSM-UPF and offers the possibility for students to learn the MBSR course with a professional formed by the Machassusets school. She is fully convinced that the incorporation of these tools in the university field and professional colleges will improve the mental health of the lawyer and will only produce positive results.