Lucas: State bar emphasizes attorney wellness in 2012

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EidtPerspLucas-sigExperts say that many Americans have to get sick and tired of being sick and tired before they will commit to living a healthy lifestyle. When time is short, why is it that we put ourselves last?

According to a 2008 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study, 54 percent of full-time public sector employees and 28 percent of full-time private sector employees had access to a company-supported wellness program. While that number isn’t high, it is up 20 percent in the public sector and 10 percent in the private sector since 1999.

Wellness programs typically promote fitness, good nutrition, stress management and other measures that reduce health care costs and improve quality of life. “Wellness and health should not be defined as the absence of disease, but instead by energy, vitality, well-being, and high performance,” the bureau said.

In the spirit of fitness, a high-five goes to Indiana State Bar Association President C. Erik Chickedantz for shining a spotlight on the need for lawyers and law firms to commit time and attention to good health. Chickedantz, who at 70 years old became ISBA president at the annual meeting Oct. 19-21 in French Lick, Ind., has spearheaded the bar’s new Wellness Committee in an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle for lawyers. Read more about Chickedantz and other ISBA initiatives in the state bar focus section beginning on page 9. And don’t miss our cover story on wellness, along with tips that even the busiest professionals can employ to improve their health today.

The Indiana Lawyer welcomes all ISBA members who do not normally receive the newspaper to enjoy this complimentary issue. If you like what you see, more information about receiving future issues can be found on page 10. Our staff is committed to providing legal coverage and stories about the profession that will interest legal practitioners throughout Indiana. As always, I want to hear any questions, concerns or story ideas you have. Contact me at or 317-472-5233. Enjoy!•


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  1. Great observation Smith. By my lights, speaking personally, they already have. They counted my religious perspective in a pro-life context as a symptom of mental illness and then violated all semblance of due process to banish me for life from the Indiana bar. The headline reveals the truth of the Hoosier elite's animus. Details here: Denied 2016 petition for cert (this time around): (“2016Pet”) Amicus brief 2016: (“2016Amici”) As many may recall, I was banned for five years for failing to "repent" of my religious views on life and the law when a bar examiner demanded it of me, resulting in a time out to reconsider my "clinging." The time out did not work, so now I am banned for life. Here is the five year time out order: Denied 2010 petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): (“2010Pet”) Read this quickly if you are going to read it, the elites will likely demand it be pulled down or pile comments on to bury it. (As they have buried me.)

  2. if the proabortion zealots and intolerant secularist anti-religious bigots keep on shutting down every hint of religious observance in american society, or attacking every ounce of respect that the state may have left for it, they may just break off their teeth.

  3. "drug dealers and traffickers need to be locked up". "we cannot afford just to continue to build prisons". "drug abuse is strangling many families and communities". "establishing more treatment and prevention programs will also be priorities". Seems to be what politicians have been saying for at least three decades now. If these are the most original thoughts these two have on the issues of drug trafficking and drug abuse, then we're no closer to solving the problem than we were back in the 90s when crack cocaine was the epidemic. We really need to begin demanding more original thought from those we elect to office. We also need to begin to accept that each of us is part of the solution to a problem that government cannot solve.

  4. What is with the bias exclusion of the only candidate that made sense, Rex Bell? The Democrat and Republican Party have created this problem, why on earth would anyone believe they are able to fix it without pushing government into matters it doesn't belong?

  5. This is what happens when daddy hands over a business to his moron son and thinks that everything will be ok. this bankruptcy is nothing more than Gary pulling the strings to never pay the creditors that he and his son have ripped off. they are scum and they know it.