Court and Community News

Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021
Announcements from the Institute for Well-Being in Law; Trial Court to offer trauma services for jurors


Announcements from the Institute for
Well-Being in Law

IWIL Virtual Conference scheduled for Jan. 19-21

The Institute for Well-Being in Law (IWIL), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization founded in December 2020 as an outgrowth of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, will hold its 2022 Virtual Conference from Jan. 19-21. The conference theme, "Redesigning the Legal Profession for a Better Future," places the focus on innovation to support individual, organizational and institutional thriving. 

The conference will be divided into four tracks over three days, with each track offering tailored content and innovative strategies so that participants get the most out of their time investment:

  • Track 1A-1B: Individual Well-Being: For individuals working in all types of organizations in the legal profession.
  • Track 2: Workplace Well-Being: For law firm well-being coordinators and all others working on building workplace well-being in the legal profession.
  • Track 3: Law School Well-Being: For all who are working on building well-being in law schools.
  • Track 4: Leading Law Firm Well-Being: For law firm partners and other organizational leaders whose everyday behaviors and choices impact firm members’ well-being.

For more information and to register, click here.


Apply for the Reed Smith Award for Excellence in Well-Being in Law

IWIL is also accepting nominations for its inaugural Reed Smith Award for Excellence in Well-Being in Law, to be presented at the 2022 Conference. 

The award will recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution toward fostering systemic change in legal professional well-being. As IWIL is committed to improving diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession, it strongly encourages self-nominations from, and nominations of, individuals from underrepresented populations in law. Current IWIL board members are not eligible. 

Nominations must be received by Jan. 7, 2022. Click here for more information and to submit a nomination.


Job opening: Executive director at IWIL

IWIL seeks an inspiring individual for a remote working position as executive director to lead the institute with energy and urgency, serving as its public face and visionary steward. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the executive director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Institute for Well-Being in Law's staff, programs, finances and development, and execution of its mission.

Nominations, applications for the position, and questions should be directed to For the full job description, click here.


Trial Court to offer trauma services for jurors

Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey and Court Administrator John A. Bello announced this week that the Trial Court has secured a vendor to provide trauma resources to trial jurors who feel they may need assistance after serving on a jury.  

A juror brochure has been created that provides general information to all trial jurors, including the trauma service, at the conclusion of their service. The service is confidential and at no cost to jurors.

The court expects to begin providing the brochures to trial jurors at the conclusion of their service beginning Dec. 27, 2021.

According to the announcement, Massachusetts may be the first state court system in the country to offer trauma services of this level to jurors.