Wellness for Employment Lawyers: Handling Burnout & Compassion Fatigue

We have all experienced trauma and immense stress over the past two years. Living during a pandemic, working in completely different (and often stressful) environments, and representing traumatized clients can make it hard for attorneys to focus on their own mental health and well-being. Join us during National Emotional Wellness Month for a discussion about the challenges facing attorneys who represent workers and strategies to stay healthy (and encourage your colleagues to stay healthy as well). 

Wellness for Employment Lawyers:
Handling Burnout & Compassion Fatigue

Friday, October 7
2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central/12:00 p.m. Mountain/11:00 a.m. Pacific
(90 mininutes)


Lita Abella Lita Abella is a native of Southern California. Lita earned a Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in Orange County in 2004. Lita is a Senior Program Analyst at the State Bar of California, where she conducts outreach and is a MCLE presenter for the Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP). LAP assists law students, bar exam applicants, and attorneys with substance use and mental health issues. Prior to that, Lita worked as an investigator in the Office of Chief Trial Counsel where she investigated and assisted in the prosecution of attorneys for misconduct. She has been with the State Bar for 10 years. Lita has been a fitness instructor and a health and wellness consultant for over 23 years. She is nationally certified by the Athletic and Fitness Association of America. She is also a business owner for the past 23 years. Lita has served on many boards and committees within many organizations and entities. For the past seven years, she has been a Library Commissioner with the City of Azusa.

Brian S. QuinnBrian S. Quinn is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania who currently serves as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Lawyers concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc., a Lawyers Assistance program established in 1988 for the purpose of helping lawyers, judges, and law students recover from alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental health disorders. Mr. Quinn obtained his undergraduate degree in 1970, his law degree in 1973, and a certificate in Drug and Alcohol counseling in 2012, all from Villanova University. He has also worked in the field of Alcohol and Drug Counselling at Mirmont Treatment Center and Malvern Institute in suburban Philadelphia. Mr. Quinn is a past member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania and served as a peer volunteer for over six years prior to accepting his current role as the organization’s Educator. As LCL’s Educator, Mr. Quinn has conducted CLE presentations for Bar Associations, private law firms, and professional organizations in Pennsylvania, as well as for National CLE providers, on a variety of topics in the fields of lawyer wellness and impairment in the legal profession.


Ashley O. WestbyAshley O. Westby is a Colorado native, and the daughter of two blue collar workers who taught her the importance of workers’ rights. Ashley received her B.A. magna cum laude in Political Science from The George Washington University, and her J.D. cum laude from The American University, Washington College of Law. Ashley lives with depression, anxiety and OCD and is passionate about raising awareness and ending the stigma associated with mental illness. Ashley served as a trained crisis counselor for IMAlive.org, completing over 200 hours of online crisis response. In her free time, Ashley belly dances and cuddles her emotional support chihuahua, Hercules.

Free of charge and open to anyone.

Emotional Wellness is an awareness, understanding, and acceptance of your emotions, and your ability to manage effectively through challenges and change. October has been designated as National Emotional Wellness Month. NELA’s mission to empower workers’ rights attorneys includes ensuring our community knows how to achieve more balanced life and practice, and support one another.