The purpose of the committee is to provide a vehicle for the CMBA to: promote mental health and wellness among our members; educate lawyers and law firm administrators on the warning signs of mental illness; provide better understanding of treatment success rates to reduce the stigma associated with a diagnosis of mental illness; encourage attorneys experiencing symptoms of mental illness to seek early, appropriate treatment; disseminate information regarding the resources available to attorneys in need; and educate the bench and bar regarding the rights and needs of those with mental illness.
If you or a colleague you know need help, contact the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program (OLAP) at 1-800-348-4343. Your confidentiality, and the confidentiality of anyone about whom you express concerns will be protected. Click here to visit OLAP's website.
The committee was derived in 2014 from the Lawyers’ Mental Health Task Force created in 2009 by former CMBA President Michael Brittain. The Task Force worked to educate the legal community about mental health and mental illness and address issues impacting attorneys with a mental illness. Now a committee, it has wide variety of members, including attorneys from large and small firms and other organizations, judges, and interested professionals in the field of behavioral health care.
The committee is currently co-chaired by Cathleen Bolek of Bolek Besser Glesius and Rob Wolff of Littler Mendelson, P.C.
If you are interested in joining, please contact Heather Zirke, Bar Counsel, at 216-696-3525, or click here to join online.