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Mental Health Resources for Law Students and Lawyers: A Terrible Melancholy: Resources and Information

Producer's Biography

Daniel T. Lukasik


Dan graduated magna cum laude from the State University at New York College at Buffalo in 1984 and the University at Buffalo School of Law in 1988.  He is an accomplished attorney who has litigated state and federal cases throughout the country and is listed in the 2011 publication, The Best Lawyers in America.  He is a founding member of the law firm of Cantor Lukasik Dolce and Panepinto in Buffalo, New York.

Dan was diagnosed with depression in 2000. In an effort to educate others about depression in the legal profession, he created the national website in 2007. The first website of its kind, the site receives 25,000 visitors per month from all over the world.  It features monthly guest articles by authors and experts from around the country on the topics of stress, anxiety and depression in the law, along with news articles, podcasts, videos, where to get help and other resources.

In 2009, he launched a companion blog, where he writes about his personal experiences, insights and suggestions for law students, lawyers and judges who struggle with stress, anxiety and/or depression.

In 2008, Dan and the Erie County Bar Association created "The Committee to Assist Lawyers with Depression in Erie County." Out of this committee, Dan created a bi-weekly support group for lawyers in his community who struggle with anxiety and depression.  He obtained funding to provide a certified clinical psychologist at the meetings to facilitate the group.  Since 2008, the group hsa helped over 150 law students, lawyers, and judges.


The creators of this guide are not mental health experts or professionals.  Information and links provided in this guide are meant to serve as examples and suggestions, and they are not specifically endorsed by the Chickasaw Nation Law Library, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City University, or its affiliates. Please consult a physician or mental health professional for further assistance and information. If you need immediate assistance please call Oklahoma City University Counseling Services.

For emergencies during office hours, call 405-208-7902. If you have an emergency after hours, please contact the Oklahoma City University Police Department at 405-208-5991.

DVD: A Terrible Melancholy

This website, created by Daniel Lukasik, connects lawyers suffering with depression, stress, and anxiety to helpful resources and information. The site's compaion blog is featured in the box below.


Lawyers with Depression Blog

The companion blog to can be found here. Readers may subscribe to the blog by email. Below are links to a few recent posts.

Rumination in the Legal Profession

Finding Our Way in the Law

In the Beginning Depression in Law School

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