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VT Commission on the Well-Being of the Legal Profession Submits State Action Plan to Vermont Supreme Court

As announced at the VBA Mid-Year Meeting in March 2018, the Vermont Commission on the Well-Being of the Legal Profession (CWBLP) was formed in response to the 2017 report of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being.  The Vermont CWBLP began its work last year in response to a Charge and Designation from the Vermont Supreme Court. The Charge and Designation appointed Commissioners to work with seven stakeholder committees, including judges, the VBA, regulators, VLS, the current Lawyers Assistance Program, legal employers and lawyer professional liability carriers.

The CWBLP was tasked with creating a state-wide action plan with specific proposals, including (a) development of a policy for confidential intervention for lawyers, judges and law students struggling with mental health, well-being and/or substance abuse challenges; (b) development of a plan to support and sustain a Lawyers Assistance Program in Vermont and (c) development and provision of ongoing educational opportunities and resources regarding mental health, well-being and/or substance abuse.

The CWBLP submitted its State Action Plan to the Vermont Supreme Court on December 31, 2018. Click HERE for a copy of the Plan, HERE for the VBA website page with more details about the Commission, the stakeholder committees and their work, and HERE for a recent Bar Journal article about the CWBLP. Chief Justice Reiber, as Chair of the Commission, will address the membership about the Court’s response to the Plan at the VBA Mid-Year Meeting at the Lake Morey Resort on March 21-22, 2019.