Law and Wellness

Many lawyers feel overworked and stressed out – and wind up leaving the profession altogether. Law students share many of these feelings. This has led to what Joseph Bankman, Ralph M. Parsons Professor of Law and Business, describes as “an explosion of interest in wellness at law schools and in the greater legal community.” While Stanford Law has added workshops in such techniques as mindfulness meditation and yoga to help students cope, Bankman, a lawyer who recently received his PhD in psychology, this year launched the Wellness Project, a website designed, he says, “to make it easier for those working in this area to share ideas, teaching materials, articles, and announcements.” Part of this conversation is the WellnessCast, a monthly podcast co-hosted by Bankman and Sarah Weinstein, a lawyer and psychotherapist in private practice. The WellnessCast features interviews with experts who take on a range of topics. The most recent podcast features an interview with the author of The Introverted Lawyer, who describes how lawyers can deal with introversion, shyness, and anxiety.

To learn more about these efforts, go to https://law.stanford.edu/directory/joseph-bankman/wellness-project/.