On June 26 CALT held a Joint online Session with the Association of Law Teachers UK on Wellness. Members are encouraged to submit items of interest on this subject to CALT, and we will work on a repository.
The materials for the session are available as well:
A Resources document linking speaker bios and providing an extensive list of research resources including all those mentioned in the session. This is a google document available for download.
The Draft Guidelines for Mental Wellbeing in Legal Education prepared by Dr. Emma J. Jones, Sr. Lecturer and Director of Student Wellbeing at University of Sheffield School of Law UK, Professor Caroline Strevens, University of Portsmouth, Professor Rachael Field, Bond University, Australia; and Dr Colin James, ANU, Australia, in association with UK Association of Law Teachers and the International Bar Association are available here. Dr. Jones welcomes all comments on this draft, you can write to her at [email protected].
Finally, from Kate Fischer Doherty Director of the Public Interest Law Initiative and Director of Clinics at Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne comes this save the date, below the jump.
SAVE THE DATE!!
NATIONAL WELLNESS FOR LAW FORUM 15 – 16 FEBRUARY 2024, Melbourne
MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE and MONASH UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF LAW
Reflecting on the Past, Shaping the Future: Wellness for Law to 2030
In 2009, the landmark report Courting the Blues: Attitudes towards depression in law students and legal practitioners was published by the Brain & Mind Research Institute, confirming that Australian law students and legal professionals shared similar issues in relation to their mental health and wellness to their equivalents internationally. Since the last in person Wellness for Law Forum in 2019, we have endured the myriad uncertainties wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on both the teaching and practice of law. In February 2024, we invite you to join us to reflect on what we have achieved over the last 15 years and where we are going now, as we grapple with the lasting impact of an event that has re-shaped the world.
We will be calling for papers in mid-2023 on the conference theme, Reflecting on the Past, Shaping the Future: Wellness for Law to 2030, including papers relating to:
• Student wellness, including diverse student cohorts
• Wellness of law academics and the legal profession, including the judiciary
• Wellness of students, clinicians and practitioners in law clinics and internship placements
• Indigenous perspectives on wellness in legal education and the practice of law
• International perspectives on wellness in legal education and the practice of law
We look forward to hearing from a number of international keynote speakers including Professor Caroline Strevens, University of Portsmouth!