The new year tends to be a time of reflection as we consider how far we’ve come and start to think about the exciting possibilities for the year ahead. It is in that spirit of reflection that I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our amazing well-being community. Looking back on the past three years, our accomplishments have been truly extraordinary, and none of them would have been possible without our partners.
"Over the past year, more than 250 individuals volunteered over 15,000 hours to drive meaningful change in the legal profession"
Over the past year, more than 250 individuals volunteered over 15,000 hours to drive meaningful change in the legal profession. Community member contributions have been invaluable, whether it was serving on committees, organizing events like Well-Being Week in Law and the Well-Being Conference, advocating for policy changes at various levels, or supporting research to better understand the unique challenges faced by our industry. In essence, you have helped us make significant progress towards our Strategic Pillars:
Education and Awareness - We have taken the lead in raising awareness about well-being within legal circles through educational initiatives and awareness-building activities.
Advocacy and Technical Support - We have amplified our voice on well-being issues through active engagement in policy discussions.
Research and Scholarship - We have advanced evidence-based data and scholarship on well-being in the legal profession.
Together, we have achieved the following milestones:
Partners in Change - Our well-being partners have grown from 1,368 to nearly 5,000.
Policy & Advocacy - Well-Being Initiatives, Task Forces, & Committees are now established in all 50 states.
Research & Scholarship - In January, we will embark on groundbreaking research in collaboration with the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and the University of Utah, conducting a scientifically valid well-being study among Hispanic lawyers to provide valuable data on the challenges they face.
Education and Awareness - We have exciting initiatives in this area, including hosting the second Well-Being in Law Conference from January 23-25, 2024, featuring over 60 well-being experts and Dr. Laurie Santos as our Keynote Speaker. We have also successfully organized Well-Being Week in Law for three years, attracting over 1800 participants for a week filled with webinars, activities, challenges, and fun.
Additionally, we have produced 30 episodes of the Path to Well-Being in Law podcast, with a new season on the way. Our Speaker Series brings leading well-being experts to discuss individual, workplace, and systemic change.
It has been an honor to serve as the president of The Institute for Well-Being in Law for the past year and I am filled with optimism about the opportunities that lie ahead. The collective power of our group will continue to drive our industry forward, with well-being at the core of professional practice. Once again, thank you for your incredible work in 2023 let us look forward to the journey we will embark on together in 2024!
Chris L. Newbold is Executive Vice President of ALPS Corporation and ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company, positions he has held since 2007. As Executive Vice President, Chris oversees ALPS business development team, sales strategy and served as ALPS’ chief liaison into the bar association community until 2023. Externally within legal circles, Chris is a recognized nationally based on his roles as a strategic planning facilitator to bar associations and bar foundations, his leadership work in the lawyer well-being movement and his work advising states regulators and / or bar associations exploring the merits of implementing mandatory malpractice insurance requirements or stricter client disclosure rules. On the strategic planning front, Chris’ lawyer credentials, knowledge of legal industry trends and keen observations into bar association relevance catapulted him into desired facilitator in legal conversations nationally. Chris' unique and innovative strategic planning approach have resulted in his leading retreats and legal conversations at the national, state and local levels, including with State Bars in Maine, Vermont, Virginia, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations. On the issue of lawyer well-being, Chris has been at the epicenter of discussion both strategically and as an advocate. As co-author of the movement launching 2016 report The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, his leadership as co-chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, his participation on the ABA’s Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession, his role as co-host The Path to Well-Being in Law podcast, and his time as President of The Institute of Well-Being in Law Chris has been at the forefront of a movement intent on creating a culture shift in the legal profession, and advancing personal and professional satisfaction in all sectors of legal life. Chris has also been active nationally counseling State bar associations and regulators on the viability of requiring lawyers to maintain malpractice insurance as a condition of licensure. Given Chris’ insurance industry knowledge, particularly within small firms and solo practitioners, his insights have been additive to the conversations in states like Nevada, Washington, California and Idaho. Chris is also well versed in alternatives to mandatory insurance like client disclosure rules. Chris received his law degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 2001 and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994). Following his graduation from law school, he served one year as a law clerk for the Honorable Terry N. Trieweiler of the Montana Supreme Court. After his clerkship, he launched his ALPS career as President and principal consultant of ALPS Foundation Services, a non-profit fundraising and philanthropic management consulting firm. In that capacity, he authored The Complete Guide to Bar Foundations in conjunction with the National Conference of Bar Foundations. Outside of the law, Chris is currently chair of the board of directors of the University of Montana Alumni Association, has authored two children’s book about collegiate mascots (The Big Bucky Badger Mystery (Wisconsin) and The Wild Wolf Pack Mystery (Nevada)) and enjoys his Montana lifestyle with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children, Cameron, Mallory and Lauren.