To develop a few ideas, we conducted addtiontal inteviews to learn more about lawyer assistance programs
their effectiveness. We conducted 100 interviews where we learned that peer focused solutions AAA and 12-step
programs have low attendance and minimal long term effectiveness because of:
- Perceieved inconveniences such as long commutes.
- Perceived little value for lawyers who believed their conditions weren’t severe
- Too few follow-up opportunities and little accountability for improvement.
"They are simply a huge waste of time. Who has time for these things?"
"I feel like the [LAPs] don't really know who I am. It feels transactional."
the inital idea
Our idea was to make an app that lawyers could use in parallel to LAP meetings help to reduce inconveniences
and create accountability. We
would increase accountability by introducing a virtual assistant to help with difficult concepts. We also
chose to include bite-sized tasks for lawyers to complete at any pace to help reduce time concerns.
In our most recent iteration, we've decided to lean further into the peer to peer aspects of wellness to
emulate the in-person LAP meetings. We also chose to reduce the presence of the virtual assistant. In
addition to incorporating feedback from lawyers; we spent time learning from wellness experts about
measuring an individual's progress as they use the app.
As a result, we created AwareHealth, A mental wellness app for lawyers which focuses on community building
and AI guided resilience training to aid with Lawyer Assistant Programs.