Dorsey Joins ABA Well-Being Pledge & Campaign

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–International law firm Dorsey & Whitney is pleased to announce that the
Firm has joined the inaugural class of signatories to the American Bar
Association’s newly-launched Well-Being Pledge & Campaign, aimed at
improving the substance use and mental health landscape of the legal
profession.


The ABA Well-Being Pledge & Campaign, organized by the ABA
Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession
, is
designed to support lawyer well-being and address the profession’s
troubling rates of alcohol and other substance-use disorders, as well as
mental health issues. Based on a framework developed by working group
member Patrick Krill, 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 well-being. From education to
policies to culture, the seven-point
pledge
identified in the Campaign reflects the core areas on which
firms should focus and the concrete steps they should take as they seek
to achieve those goals.

“Through this campaign as well as our Firm’s internal resources and
offerings, Dorsey is committed to proactively advancing health and
wellness throughout our Firm and the legal profession,” said Ken Cutler,
Dorsey’s Managing Partner. “One of our greatest strengths is a culture
that respects the individual and is knit together by our core values of
colleagues, community and clients. By committing to this pledge and
embracing its seven tenets our hope is to provide a workplace that
supports health and work-life balance for all our attorneys and staff.”

Dorsey launched its Well Ahead program in 2015, but it is rooted in over
a decade of wellness programming and collaborating with professionals
like Patrick Krill. Well Ahead focuses on three pillars of wellness:
Physical, Financial and Emotional. Programming includes Firm-wide
wellness presentations such as: Resiliency and Meditation, Sleep, Blue
Zones/Secret to Longevity, De-Clutter/De-Stress, Distracted Driving,
Benefits of the 401(k) Plan, Elder Care, Emotional Health & Wellness,
Nutrition, Cancer Awareness/Prevention, and more. The Firm has Well
Ahead Champions across its U.S. offices, and offices across the country
host a variety of activities at local levels, including Bike to Work
weeks, TED Talk viewings, recipe sharing, chair massages, virtual
reality experiences, various Thirty (30) Day Challenges and more.

“Signing the Pledge is another step forward for Well Ahead,” said
Patrick Lutter, Dorsey’s Chief Administrative Officer. “The ABA’s
Campaign aligns with our initiatives and the importance of Well Ahead’s
holistic approach to our employees’ well-being. We will continue to add
new components to Well Ahead in support of the ABA Campaign.”

About Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Clients have relied on Dorsey
since 1912 as a valued business partner. With locations across the
United States and in Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, Dorsey
provides an integrated, proactive approach to its clients’ legal and
business needs. Dorsey represents a number of the world’s most
successful companies from a wide range of industries, including leaders
in banking & financial institutions, development & infrastructure,
energy & natural resources, food, beverage & agribusiness, healthcare
and technology, as well as major non-profit and government entities.

Contacts

Jeri Longtin-Kloss
612.492.5315
longtin.kloss.jeri@dorsey.com