David Jaffe, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at American University Washington College of Law, has an extensive background on wellness issues among law students. He currently serves on the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) as co-chair of the Law School Assistance Committee, and in 2015, he received the CoLAP Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his commitment to improving the lives of law students. Jaffe has also published several articles on mental health and substance abuse issues. The recent best-selling book “The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow and Redemption,” includes a contribution by Jaffe: “Beyond the Study: Acing Exams and Addiction,” in which he shares what students should expect from a law school and how they can go about finding support and succeeding while in school.
In this article, Jaffe seeks to make recommendations for law schools on best practices toward ensuring that each class and each student graduates healthier and can contribute in positive ways to the profession.