IWIL Alert – September 2023

  • Suicide – It’s Time to Talk
    Sheryl Roberts



September is Suicide Awareness Month.  Although articles, television ads, and initiatives have brought more awareness to the growing crisis of suicide, the truth is that the stigma, shame, and unwillingness to discuss suicide remains.  Your ability to share and listen could be the turning point for somebody, and your ability to provide resources could save someone’s life.  How do we strengthen these abilities?  Sheryl Roberts discusses the recent data and how to approach conversations about suicide in Suicide – It’s Time to Talk.

Sheryl Roberts has over thirty years’ experience in law firms and discovered her passion for legal recruiting about fifteen years ago, which led to her passion for lawyer development, wellness, and DEI. She is a Co-Chair of the Triangle Area Legal Recruitment Association and an active member of the National Association for Law Placement, where she has served on several committees and work groups, presented and participated in webinars, and been published in the NALP Bulletin.

  • Striking the Balance in Law: Remote Work and In-Office Presence
    Matthew S. Thiese, PhD, MSPH


As the legal industry adapts to the future of work, it is met with a crucial challenge: balancing the convenience and flexibility of remote work with the benefits and traditional requirement of physical presence in the law office. This balance is essential to harness the advantages of both work settings while accommodating the diverse needs and preferences of legal professionals. In Striking the Balance in Law: Remote Work and In-Office Presence, researcher and professor Matthew S. Thiese, PhD, MSPH, discusses the research and offers strategies for achieving this balance in a law firm context.

Matthew S. Thiese, PhD, MSPH

Dr. Thiese has extensive experience in designing and conducting epidemiologic and interventional research. His research focuses on the overlap between a person’s job and their health, including everything from musculoskeletal disorders like Low Back Pain or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, to motor vehicle crashes, to COVID-19, to mental well-being. His research seeks to identify potential risk factors, interventions to prevent injury or illness, evidence-based practice for both treatment and prevention, and assessments of worker health and safety fitness-for-duty. Dr. Thiese currently is conducting research in several different areas of mental health and mental fitness in the law profession.

Dr. Thiese’s graduate degrees are in Public Health, specifically Occupational Epidemiology and Injury Prevention. He is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine and has co-authored numerous articles. He also serves on the board for the Institute for Well-Being in Law as the Vice-President for Research and Scholarship.