The important topic of Lawyer Well-Being was reviewed and discussed in great detail during the Bar Foundation’s Lawyer Leadership Institute that was held a few weeks ago at Stonewall Resort. The attendees were a small group of younger lawyers from all parts of the state and different types of law practice. The Sponsor of the Institute is Antero Resources Corporation.

       The knowledgeable presenter was Karen Kahle (Wheeling),
Secretary of the WV Judicial and Lawyer Assistance Program Board of Directors and a member of the WV Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being. She reported on the results of a large survey of lawyers nationwide (over 12,000 participants) with the following statistics:


          20% scored at a level consistent with problem drinking (twice the percentage of highly educated workforce).

          28% reported mild or high levels of depression.

          19% reported mild or higher level of anxiety.

          11% reported suicidal thoughts.


        Then, she gave statistics compiled by the WVJLAP for the period of July, 2016 to May, 2018, here in West Virginia for 198 client files with 76% being Male and 24% being Female:


           34% Dual Diagnosis

           32% Substance Abuse
21% Mental/Emotional Health
7%   Age/Retirement/Closing Practice
4%   Physical Health
2%   Process Addictions


        If you or a colleague need assistance in these areas, please contact the WVJLAP at 304-553-7232.

        All contacts are confidential.




       The WV Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors invites members of the judiciary, the legal profession and the general public to attend the 8th Lunch and Laughs With A Legal Legend on Friday, September 7, 2017, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, beginning at 11:30 AM, where the honored guest will be WV Supreme Court Senior Status Justice Larry Starcher.

       Lunch and Laughs events are not to be missed. Three “roasters” will have the opportunity to tell stories and tales about the Justice, and they are WV Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Workman, well known and well respected attorney Al Karlin (Morgantown)and retired WV Supreme Court Law Clerk Tom Rodd (Moatsville). The proceeds from the Lunch will be divided between the Justice’s choices of student legal clinics at the WVU College of Law and the J.R. Clifford Minority Scholarship, as well as for Bar Foundation grants.

       Sponsorships of $2,000 are provided a reserved table with 10 seats. Individual tickets can be purchased for $60. A majority of the amount is tax deductible. Please contact the Bar Foundation to make reservations— —– 304-343-9823—P. O. 4845, Charleston, WV 25364.

       A Good Time for a Good Cause!







     The Bar Foundation’s website——continues to generate interest in the organization’s programs and activities as its utilization rates remain high.

     The figures for visits to the website for the past year are:


               Daily Visits range from 410 to 508.

               Monthly Visits range from 11,405 to 15,620.

               Visits for the past year were 153,218.

               The specific hits for the year were more than 876,000.


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