At Thompson & Knight, we recognize the intense pressures and demands that have historically been a fixture of the legal profession. In response, the Firm promotes a longstanding culture, backed with policies and practices, that seek to fulfill and support the personal and professional needs of every attorney and employee.
The environment we promote and the benefits we offer help everyone succeed, even during the toughest times. We know success is all about our people, and we want everyone to THRIVE.
We are proud to be the first Texas-based law firm to commit to the American Bar Association’s Well-Being Pledge & Campaign, a comprehensive plan that seeks to instill an ongoing awareness and dialog among law firms on the important topics of mental health, substance abuse, and well-being.
Thompson & Knight is fully dedicated to supporting the welfare of every law student, attorney, and staff member. The Firm’s benefits program offers services that encompass a range of emotional, physical, and professional needs, with resources including:
- Video-based Behavioral Care Services for 24/7 personal counseling with trained health specialists;
- Employee Assistance Programs to help manage essentially any emotional crisis or personal problem of daily living;
- On-demand coaching and customized, focused learning services to enhance an individual’s personal approach and habits in building and sustaining a career;
- Access to science-based activities and games designed to address the challenges of mental health and stress; and
- Further counseling through the Firm’s medical benefit coverage, if additional support is required.
We also recognize law students are not immune from these pressures. As we focus on these important topics, we have partnered with several law schools who share our commitment on a number of initiatives.
We organize panel discussions and testimonials featuring our own lawyers discussing the importance of balancing career obligations and personal needs. We bring external advocates on campus, allowing students to gather advice and learn about the personal challenges others have overcome.
For example, the Firm recently hosted attorney Terry Bentley Hill, a volunteer at Texas Legal Assistance Program (TLAP), to speak to UT Law Review students and share her journey.
We’ve also acknowledged the stress among law students by bringing therapy dogs to on-campus recruiting events and hosting healthy snack breaks.