New York Non Profit Focuses on Depression and Suicide in the Legal Profession

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The Dave Nee Foundation recently increased efforts to reach its core constituency, attorneys and law students, through more opportunities for law firms to participate in events and programs. The Foundation’s activities raise awareness of the prevalence of depression in the legal community and the serious consequences of untreated depression.

In July, The Dave Nee Foundation held its first annual Law Firm Challenge Trivia Night, engaging partners, associates, and summer associates from some of the nation’s top law firms to compete in a spirited and dynamic trivia match. As part of the trivia knowledge shared, participants learned important facts about depression in the legal community, such as: lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than non-lawyers and 40% of law students report symptoms of depression by their third year.

On November 4th at the Edison Ballroom, the Foundation will host its sixth annual gala to generate funding and increase awareness for the Foundation and its mission. The event, its largest of the year, promises to be a resounding success. The gala will include a silent and live auction with exciting items, fabulous cocktails and food, and a moving program that will include presentation of The David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award to Michael J. Lane, Esq. This award is given annually to a member of the legal profession who exhibits extraordinary compassion and concern for his co-workers, family, friends, and community.

The Dave Nee Foundation was created in the wake of the 2005 suicide of Dave Nee, a brilliant law student at Fordham University who struggled silently with depression for many years. The Dave Nee Foundation’s innovative and unique program, Uncommon Counsel, fights depression and works to prevent suicide among law students. Uncommon Counsel educates law students (currently within CUNY School of Law, Duke University School of Law, Fordham University, New York Law School, and Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center) about depression, its prevalence in the legal profession, and the availability and effectiveness of treatment. The Dave Nee Foundation also administers a grant-giving program that includes an annual grant awarded to a deserving organization whose mission is to support those with depression and/or prevent suicide.

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Stephanie Arcella
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