Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Terrible Melancholy: A Conversation About Quality of Life Among Law Students and Lawyers

The Student Bar Association, Quality of Student Life Committee and Office of Student Services present "A TERRIBLE MELANCHOLY: A CONVERSATION ABOUT QUALITY OF LIFE AMONG LAW STUDENTS AND LAWYERS"

A Program for the Entire Law School Community!

All Students and Alumni are invited to attend one of the following discussion sessions:

Wednesday, February 23, 5:30-6:20 p.m., Room 209 – Dinner will be served - Discussion with speakers

Thursday, February 24, 12:30-1:20 p.m., FCR and BDR – Lunch will be served - Discussion with speakers

Speakers at both panels include:

Daniel T. Lukasik is an attorney from Buffalo, New York and listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America. Dan suffers from depression and is the creator of the national website and blog Lawyers with Depression ( He will speak about his struggles with depression as a practicing attorney, why those in the legal profession suffer from depression at twice the national rate and what we can do about it.

Marjorie A. Silver is a Professor of Law at Touro Law Center and member of the Board of Trustees of the New York State Lawyer Assistance Trust. Professor Silver will speak about her personal experience with major clinical depression and the support available to lawyers, law students and their families through state and local Lawyer Assistance Programs.

Andrew Sparkler is the President of the Dave Nee Foundation ( He is speaking on behalf of the Dave Nee Foundation's "Uncommon Counsel" program. Uncommon Counsel seeks to educate law students about both the prevalence of depression in law school as well as available treatment options. It also encourages the development of symbiotic, nurturing relationships among law students in an effort to reduce the stigma of depression.

Also present:
Students Helping Students assistants will also be present at the sessions on Wednesday and Thursday to introduce themselves and speak with students.

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