Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Mental Health and the Law

May 2022 Bar Bulletin

By Aaron D. Paker

As I approached adulthood many people in my life, from family to school counselors, had pointers on how to get into the “good” colleges and the “good” jobs. You had to follow the rules by dressing and speaking professionally, being polite, talking about your strengths and hiding your weaknesses, and never share more than you have to unless it makes you look better. Nonsense! 

I am one of very few extremely lucky people living with mental illness that has learned how to fully (or at least mostly) manage it without medication. It was not, and still is not, an easy life to live. I...

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