Bree Buchanan is the director of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program of the State Bar of Texas. She serves as co-chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Wellbeing and is a co-author of its 2017 report: The Path to Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change. Buchanan is chair of the ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs (CoLAP). She is also an appointee to the Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession, an initiative of ABA President Hilarie Bass. Buchanan, upon graduation from the University of Texas School of Law, practiced in the public and private sector with a focus on representing both adult and child victims of family violence. She worked on public policy initiatives and systems change at both the state and federal level as the public policy director for the Texas Council on Family Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. After this position, Buchanan was appointed clinical professor and co-director of the Children’s Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. Buchanan is a frequent speaker at CLE programs for national organizations, as well as for state and local bar entities. She is a graduate student at the Seminary of the Southwest where she is pursuing a master’s degree in spiritual direction. Buchanan tends to her own well-being by engaging in a regular meditation practice, rowing, staying connected to 12-Step recovery, and being willing to ask for help when she needs it.
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