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Burg Simpson and the Colorado Supreme Court’s Task Force for Lawyer Well-Being

By Burg Simpson
December 17, 2018
2 min read

David P. Hersh, a named shareholder at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, currently serves on the Colorado Supreme Court’s Task Force for Lawyer Well-Being. The committee is chaired by Associate Justice Monica Márquez and consists of attorneys, university personnel, judges, and members of Colorado bar associations. The task force was created in response to a study, “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change.” The study, which was published by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, indicated that too many lawyers, and law students, experience chronic stress, high rates of depression, and substance use.

Lawyers struggling with substance abuse issues is not “new” news. We know, from the recent data, that lawyers, as a profession, suffer from substance abuse and mental health issues to a greater extent than the population at large.  We know that law students face similar challenges, many of whom emerge from law school into the practice of law with significant substance abuse issues and mental health challenges.  The “new” news is that lawyers as a profession are beginning to speak openly about these afflictions in an attempt to “destigmatize” them and help lawyers in need find the resources they need to effectively combat them.

David Hersh recently met with Emily Reaser, the Program Director at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to discuss the Centers’ mission of improving the lives of people with depression and mood disorders through clinical excellence, innovative research, community programs, and education. Mr. Hersh is pictured here with Emily Reaser, on the left, Heidi Culbertson of Burg Simpson, and Connie Wiegers of the Wiegers Family Foundation.

David P. Hersh focuses his practice on commercial matters involving contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, ownership disputes, construction matters, “bet your company” litigation, and professional negligence. Admitted to practice before the United States, Colorado, and Wyoming Supreme Courts, as well as numerous federal courts, David has tried more than 145 civil jury trials to verdict throughout the United States.  David Hersh is a highly-skilled trial lawyer whose success is based upon his passion for the law and dedication to being the best advocate possible for his clients.

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