A new documentary about depression among legal professionals is now in widespread distribution. Produced by Daniel T. Lukasik, a Buffalo, New York, attorney, “A Terrible Melancholy: Depression in the Legal Profession” is available at area law firms. Attorneys can receive continuing legal education (CLE) credits for viewing it.
The 30-minute documentary focuses on four lawyers and a former judge, who talk about their experiences with depression, which has been a problem in the legal profession for more than a century. In fact, the title of the documentary is taken from a book about President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln worked as a trial attorney before he was elected president, and his lifelong struggle with depression is well known. Several national experts on depression also appear in the film, which is designed to offer hope and resources to legal professionals who may be quietly suffering from the illness.
The documentary was funded through grants from the Erie County Bar Foundation, the New York Lawyer Assistance Trust, and the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. To earn CLE credit for watching the film, attorneys must schedule a viewing at the Erie County Bar Association headquarters.
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates legal professionals are members of the Erie County Bar Association.