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Fast Facts on Mental Health from the ABA Profile of the Legal Profession 2021

The ABA’s Profile of the Legal Profession 2021 has a chapter devoted to Lawyer Well-Being. In this chapter, you can read that –

  • 21% of all lawyers qualify as problem drinkers while 32% of lawyers under 30 qualify as problem drinkers
  • 28% of lawyers struggle with depression, and 19% have symptoms of anxiety
  • 5% of lawyers have had suicidal thoughts
  • More women than men report moderate or severe stress (67% vs. 49%)
  • 38% of lawyers report working long hours, with 9% saying they “never stop working”
  • 23% of judges meet the criteria for stress that could be debilitating

If you are interested in mental health and well-being resources available to C|M|LAW students, see our Mental Health and Well-Being resource guide.

AmeriCorps & CDC Launch Public Health AmeriCorps

image of AmeriCorps logoAmeriCorps and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently launched the Public Health AmeriCorps partnership “to support the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs.”  Public Health AmeriCorps will be supported by $400 million from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Pub. L. No. 117-2), and will fund up to 5,000 AmeriCorps positions over the next five years.  Funding “is open to nonprofit, faith-based and community-based organizations; higher-education institutions; state, local and territorial government entities …; and Indian Tribes.”  AmeriCorps is hosting several technical assistance calls, webinars and workshops on the new Public Health AmeriCorps funding opportunity, and the application deadline is 5pm Monday 11/8/2021.

Social Justice Events & Activities

image of black hands surrounding the word JusticeThe C|M|Law Library Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide provides information on upcoming events and webinars taking place in the greater Cleveland area, Ohio, and nationally.  September events include the September 10th Conversation between Dr. Kate Masur and Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., free for law students and part of the C|M|Law Community Conversations series.  A key national event is the 9/28-10/1 National Urban League Virtual Conference, “the nation’s largest and most influential annual civil rights and urban advocacy event.”  If you’re looking for individual, reflective activities, see the Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge syllabus on the Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide.  The Syllabus provides links to readings, podcasts, videos, and seminars, as well as a “Reflection Log” for participants who would like to record their thoughts.  See the Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide for more information.

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks CDC Eviction Moratorium

image of final notice inside mailboxThe U.S. Supreme Court recently granted an application by the Alabama Association of Realtors, et al. to vacate stay of the judgment by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that vacated the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) Eviction Moratorium order.  The CDC originally issued an order “under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act” (codified at 42 U.S.C. § 264) “to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19,” effective 9/4/2020 through 12/31/2020. [See 85 Fed. Reg. 55,292.]  On 12/27/2020, the U.S. Congress extended the CDC order through 1/31/2021. [See Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Pub. L. No. 116-260, Title V, Subtitle A, §502 (1/3/2020).]  The CDC continued to extend the Eviction Moratorium order through 3/31/2021, 6/30/2021, and 7/31/2021, then issued a new temporary order on 8/3/2021 to be effective through 10/3/2021. [See 86 Fed. Reg. 8,020, 86 Fed. Reg. 16,731, 86 Fed. Reg. 34,010, and 86 Fed. Reg. 43,244.]  The 8/26/2021 U.S. Supreme Court per curiam opinion states “our system does not permit agencies to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends,” and “if a federally imposed eviction moratorium is to continue, Congress must specifically authorize it.”  Information for affected tenants is available on the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Ohio Legal Help websites.

FDA Approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

FDA logoThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine “for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.”  The vaccine will be marketed as Comirnaty, and will continue to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA) “for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.”  The FDA analyzed effectiveness data from approximately 20,000 vaccine and 20,000 placebo recipients, which showed Comirnaty was 91% effective in preventing COVID-19 disease.  The FDA evaluated safety data from 22,000 vaccine and 22,000 placebo recipients, as well as post-authorization safety surveillance data pertaining to myocarditis and pericarditis.  Vaccine safety will continue to be monitored by the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the FDA is requiring BioNTech “to conduct postmarketing studies to further assess the risks of myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination.”