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Law Students Learn about Mental Illness Treatment and Diagnosis


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On March 24, the Columbus School of Law partnered with the Dave Nee Foundation to raise awareness of mental illness in the legal profession by hosting “Uncommon Counsel,” a program developed by the foundation to educate and train law students about recognizing and treating mental health issues. 
The Dave Nee Foundation was established in 2006 after third-year Fordham law student Dave Nee committed suicide while studying for the bar exam. The foundation exists to “eliminate the stigma associated with depression and suicide by promoting and encouraging not only the diagnosis and treatment of depression among young adults, but also the education of young people, their families, and friends about the disease of depression.”
Law and Public Policy Program student Mike Bzozowski (at left and above) worked with his professors and the law school administration to bring the foundation to campus. He said “We are honored to work with an organization like the Dave Nee Foundation, which is a national leader in educating law students on mental health.” Bzozowski added that he was proud to be part of a law school that values the entire person and continues to build bridges in the DC legal community.
The presentation included representatives from the District of Columbia Bar Lawyer Assistance Program and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After the panel discussion, there was a reception which gave students a chance to ask questions of the mental health professionals.
The program signaled CUA Law's intention to take an expanded role in educating students about depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. It was timed to fall in the same week as the ABA Law Student Division’s “Law Student Mental Health Day” on Friday, March 27.