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Prioritize Wellness: It's the Right Thing to Do

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Prioritize Wellness: It's the Right Thing to Do

Every day, we work together to advance the communities we care about. At ALPS, that means we’re thoughtful in our charitable giving of elevating children in our local communities. We’re thoughtful in providing resources to lawyers beginning their journey as solo practitioners or in need of law practice management resources, thus making them better practitioners.  And we’re thoughtful about the health and well-being of our legal community as a whole, as we’ve worked to advance a national well-being dialogue designed to engineer a culture shift in the legal profession. Not because it lowers the likelihood of a claim (we believe that it could), but because it is the right thing to do, honoring the special relationship we enjoy with lawyers and those working to problem-solve for clients.   

Earlier this year, I was tapped as board president for the nation’s preeminent think-tank working on well-being in law issues — the Institute for Well-Being in Law, an organization ALPS helped found nearly two years ago. Known at that time as the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, the institute issued a call to action to the legal profession in response to two seminal studies showing unacceptably high rates of behavioral health disorders among lawyers and law students. Believing our profession to be at a tipping point, we formed the signature IWIL event, Well-Being Week in Law, to raise awareness of this culture crisis, encouraging national participation in 5 days packed with content, resources, and activities shining a light on well-being issues and advancing the mental health of those in the legal profession. 

ALPS was honored to participate in all of the Well-Being Week in Law activities and will continue to raise awareness about mental health and encourage action and innovation across the legal profession to improve well-being all year round. 

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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.

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