Well-Being Committee

As trusted legal advisers and leaders, lawyers tend to lead busy lives - working long hours and navigating high stress situations and constant change.  Certainly, many challenges that lawyers face provide important opportunities for growth and learning.  But, as reported in the Hawaii Task Force Report on Lawyer Well-Being issued in June 2021 and available here , and the ABA National Task Force Report on Lawyer Well-Being issued in 2017 and available here , studies show that the demands of the profession can take their toll.  Indeed, lawyers can be prone to chronic stress and high rates of depression and substance abuse.  

The HSBA Well-Being Committee is working to implement priority recommendations from the Hawaii Task Force Report aimed at improving and supporting lawyer well-being in a variety of ways, including for example, preventing and recovering from burnout, compassion fatigue, financial fitness, mindfulness through meditation, health and fitness, and social activities.   

Please feel free to contact [email protected] or any Committee member if you’d like to volunteer for or discuss any well-being activities or initiatives.  We welcome and appreciate your interest.         

Follow us on Instagram @hsbawellbeing or join our LinkedIn group, Hawaii Lawyer Well-Being.

Video Resources

Mental Health Challenges in the Legal Profession
Friday, September 9, 2022

I’ll Get to Sleep After This Next Case
Thursday, September 8, 2022

Recognizing Secondary Trauma & Mitigating Its Effects
Tuesday September 6, 2022

Strategies to Build Resilience and Well Being
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The YLD and SCD present a well-being seminar.
Friday, October 29, 2021

Well-Being at Your Desk with Makana Risser Chai
Friday, March 19, 2021


RUOK? Do You Know Someone in Distress?


Hawaii Lawyers Caring for One Another

by Kathleen “Pulama” Rhoads Merriam, LCSW, CSAC, Adult Mental Health Division of the Department of Health 

Passage Meditation

Interested in meditation, but haven't found a program that works? Looking for an easy to follow meditation program? We invite you to learn and practice passage meditation with our group of Hawaii lawyers. Contact Jerry Clay ([email protected]) for more information. 



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