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Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee Launches Website and Technology Help Line for Lawyers

The SJC Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being website aims to keep the public informed of the ongoing work of the Committee and to provide well-being resources to the legal community.

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Lawyer Well-Being Website

The SJC Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being is currently focused on the immediate needs of lawyers, law students, and legal professionals as a result of COVID-19. The Committee has launched a website to keep the public informed as to the ongoing work of the Committee and to provide well-being resources to the legal community to help manage stress during this period of time.

You can visit the website here: www.lawyerwellbeingma.org

TechLine (888) 314-7714

This pandemic challenges lawyers to swiftly alter their law practices in order to continue to serve their clients. This requires the understanding and use of technology, which is a significant source of stress for many attorneys. To help attorneys navigate what may be a new way of practice, the Committee has launched a TechLine. The TechLine provides attorneys and legal professionals with live one-on-one assistance in selecting, implementing, and troubleshooting technology to operate their practices. Staffed by Massachusetts-licensed volunteer attorneys, callers receive assistance and support from their fellow lawyers who can identify with and understand the struggles.

TechLine is available Monday through Friday. Callers should leave a message with their name, phone number, and nature of their request. A volunteer will respond by 5pm. The number is (888) 314-7714.

More information is available here: https://www.lawyerwellbeingma.com/news/techline-888-314-7714

Simple Remote Work Guide

For attorneys who need a basic starting point for how to maintain continuity of their practice while away from their office, the Committee’s Simple Remote Work Guide is a distilled summary of the bare necessities for remote practice. The Guide includes questions attorneys should answer when transitioning to remote practice as well as specific options for low-cost technology and video tutorials for easy implementation.

You can find that guide here: https://www.lawyerwellbeingma.com/news/simple-guide-to-remote-work

About the SJC Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being

On January 9, 2020, the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court announced the formation of a new Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being. The Standing Committee is charged with planning and overseeing efforts to enhance the well-being of lawyers, judges and law students in the Commonwealth.

The SJC appointed retired Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford, who served as an associate justice from 2007 to 2017, and Denise I. Murphy, Esq., President-Elect of the Massachusetts Bar Association and a partner at the law firm of Rubin & Rudman, to serve as co-chairs of the Standing Committee. Committee members include members of the bar who work in the public and private sectors, as well as representatives of the judiciary, bar associations, law schools, the Attorney General's Office, a District Attorney, and the Committee for Public Counsel Services. The Committee has hired a full-time director, Heidi Alexander, Esq.

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