Pepper Hamilton announced that it is a member of the inaugural class of law firms signing on to the American Bar Association’s Well-Being Pledge & Campaign.
Organized by the ABA Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession, the pledge and campaign are designed to support lawyer and law firm employee well-being and address the profession’s troubling rates of alcohol and other substance-use disorders, as well as mental health issues.
The campaign’s goals are to raise awareness, facilitate a reduction in the incidence of problematic substance-use and mental health distress, and improve lawyer and law firm employee well-being.
All firms signing on to the Well-Being Pledge commit to adopting and prioritizing its seven-point framework, which sets forth the core areas on which firms should focus and the concrete steps they should take as they seek to achieve those goals.
“At Pepper, we recognize that our most valuable resource is our people, and we are committed to supporting our attorneys and staff personally and professionally,” said Maggie Suender, the firm’s chief talent officer. “In signing on to the ABA Well-Being Pledge, we look to become more conscious of the work environments we create, intentionally or unintentionally, and the potential consequences. We hope that greater awareness and conscious action on the part of all law firms will reduce both the incidence of problematic substance use and mental health distress and the stigma surrounding outreach for help with those issues.”