Suicide Prevention Foundation Educates Law Students
Dave Nee Foundation Presented "Uncommon Counsel" Program
February 17, 2014 - On Tuesday, February 12, 2014, Cooley Law School welcomed the Dave Nee Foundation to its Lansing campus to present Uncommon Counsel, which was simultaneously broadcast to Cooley's other campuses in Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Tampa Bay.
The Dave Nee Foundation’s program, Uncommon Counsel, works to prevent law student suicides. According to the foundation's website, "Uncommon Counsel educates law students about depression, its prevalence in the legal profession, and the availability and effectiveness of treatment."
Dr. Katherine Bender, the foundation's programming director, spoke to the students. Tish Vincent, program administrator from the Michigan State Bar’s Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program, and Michael Cohen, executive director of Florida Lawyers Assistance also presented information.
Assistant Dean of Students Cynthia Ward welcomed a standing-room-only crowd and told the students that she hopes this program stays with them for the rest of their lives.
"I was gratified to see all the students in Lansing and the other campuses because depression is a topic that we should not be afraid to talk about. Although this program had been scheduled for over six months, the timing of it could not have been better,” Ward said, "because CNN recently ran a story that said that lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than non-lawyers. My students were talking about the CNN story and I was pleased to be in a position bring in professionals to talk about this very real problem and spread the message that seeking treatment is a good thing because it helps."
About Cooley Law School: Celebrating 40 years of excellence, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 17,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and in Tampa Bay, Fla.