Wellness for Law: Making Wellness Core Business

Wellness for Law: Making Wellness Core Business provides strategies and insights for managing mental well-being in law students, academics and the legal profession.

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409350982
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This topical and highly relevant book covers the twin themes of mental well-being in legal education and in the legal profession. It comprises contributions from academics, legal practitioners and the judiciary. It includes papers that present ground-breaking empirical research into the area and contains personal insights from students and different levels of the profession, as well as strategies for supporting law students and young legal professionals. The topics discussed in the papers cover:

  • the mental health of Australian tertiary students
  • the lived experience of Australian law students and teachers
  • the core business of supporting mental well-being in students
  • transitioning to the profession: advice for young lawyers
  • the lived experience of members of the profession
  • the lived experience of the judiciary

The book was developed from presentations at the 9th Wellness for Law Forum, hosted by the University of Melbourne and Monash University in February 2019. It is important reading for all areas of legal academia and the legal profession.

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  • Offers insights and strategies for managing mental well-being
  • Relevant to all areas of legal academia and the profession
  • Topical coverage by experts in the field

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Table of contents

Part 1 — Making Wellness Core Business in Legal Education and the Profession



  1. Making Wellness Core Business — Judith Marychurch & Adiva Sifris


Part 2 — The mental health of Australia’s tertiary students



  1. Safeguarding the ‘mental wealth’ of Australian university — Vivienne Brown & Nicholas Fava


Part 3 — The lived experience of Australian law students



  1. Wellness and Wellbeing at Monash University: The First Semester Law Experience — Daniel O’Loughlin, Adiva Sifris & Becky Batagol

  2. Personal Insight: Pragmatic Concern for Law Student Wellbeing- Financial Security, Autonomous Learning and Compassionate Teaching — Ellen Roberts

  3. Personal Insight: It’s Your Journey: Overcoming the Adversity of Law School — Christian Lane

  4. Connecting student wellbeing and service design: Creating Community and Cultivating Future Skills — Sophie Tversky


Part 4 — The lived experience of Australian law teachers



  1. Fit your own oxygen mask first: The Contemporary Neoliberal University and the well-being of legal academics — Colin James, Caroline Strevens, Rachael Field, Claire Wilson

  2. Why bother if the students don’t? The impact of declining student attendance at lectures on law teacher wellbeing — Kate Offer, Murray Wesson, Fiona McGaughey, Natalie Skead & Liam Elphick


Part 5 — The core business of supporting students: lessons from the coalface



  1. Partnership with students for a whole of school approach to wellbeing — Judith Marychurch

  2. On Being a Legal Educator: Responsible Teaching for Law, Justice and Wellness — Claire Carroll & Rachel Spencer

  3. A Missing Piece of the Puzzle? The Relationship between Empathy and Mental Health for Law Students — Becky Batagol, Adiva Sifris, Ben Spivak, Brett Williams & Natalia Antolak-Saper

  4. Hopeful Perspectives: Incorporating hope theory in Australian law students’ academic experience — Claire Holland & Donnalee Taylor

  5. From Alienation to Empowerment: How Legal Educators Can Support Student Well-being — Bill Swannie

  6. Music for Life; for Lawyers and Law Students — Michael Appleby

  7. Practising what you perceive: Time perspective for life harmony and finding flow — Desi Vlahos

  8. Integrating wellbeing skills and practices into professional curriculum: Challenges and opportunities — Mark Seton


Part 6 — The Importance of Wellbeing in the Legal Profession



  1. Wellness for Law Forum 2019 - Making Wellness Core Business Keynote Address — Anne Ferguson

  2. Minds Count: Next Steps — Cindy Penrose

  3. Lawyer Wellbeing in the (Robotic) Face of Technological Change — Felicity Bell, Justine Rogers & Michael Legg

  4. Anxiety: It’s Not What We Think? — Florence Thum

  5. Wellness and Going Bush — Pamela Taylor-Barnett & Liz Curran


Part 7 — Transitioning to the Profession — Advice for Young Lawyers


  1. Personal Insight: The Later Lawyer’s Transition to the Legal Profession — John Stack

  2. Personal Insight: The Subtle Art of Thriving in Law — Leah Serafim
  3. Starting Legal Practice, but Avoiding a Nervous Breakdown — Simon Stretton

  4. Personal Insight - Thriving in your career — Claire Humble

  5. Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Benefit ‘New’ and Emerging Lawyers — Doris Bozin, Allison Ballard & Vicki de Prazer


Part 8 — The Lived Experience of the Profession



  1. Ten years in review: the case for a relational focus in health and wellbeing counselling services provided to barristers — Bernadette Healy

  2. Shifting the conversation: Collaborating with the profession to improve lawyer wellbeing — Fiona McLeay

  3. Personal Insight: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — Leanne Cain


Part 9 — The Lived Experience of the Judiciary


  1. Forward Operating Base Parramatta: What really troubles judges on the front line — Joe Harman

  2. Personal Insight: Judicial wellness: independence, isolation and collegiality — Clyde Croft