2019 Wellness Week


Weeklong program aims to create an open dialogue about wellness and mental health

This week, The SMU Student Bar Association will begin an innovative program that aims to improve the physical and mental well-being of students at SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas. The committee designated the week of Oct. 7 as Wellness Week and chose “Healthy as a Horse” as a theme to coincide with the university’s mustang mascot. The SMU Student Bar Association developed a wellness committee and charged it with improving the physical and mental health of its student body.

Stephen B. Yeager, the dean of students at SMU Dedman Law, serves as advisor to the committee. Yeager said the committee devoted an entire week to the subject because “it is incredibly important and relevant to our student body. According to Yeager, “Law school is known for late nights, high doses of caffeine, and locking yourself away in the library for a month to study for exams. Just like other 20-somethings, law students also deal with a host of common mental health issues like anxiety and depression.”

“The students’ goal for the week is to create an open dialogue about wellness and mental health to help our students become more successful students and ultimately legal professionals. They want to help de-stigmatize mental health and substance use disorders in the legal profession.” 

The student-led initiative has an action-packed week planned. 


Balanced Eating - Original Chop Shop in the Quad

9:30 – 11:00 am in the Quad

Enjoy a healthy mid-morning snack and visit with Rachel Everett, SMU nutritionist, about maintaining a healthy diet in law school.


Achieving Work-Life Balance with DAYL

12:30 - 1:20 pm in Hillcrest

Five Dallas Association of Young Lawyers members discuss how they successfully balance work and life obligations and how you can, too!


  • Nnamdi M. Anozie, White & Wiggins LLP
  • Nicole H. Muñoz, Figari + Davenport
  • Heather McKinney, Weil, Co-Host of Sinisterhood
  • BB Sanford, Stanton LLP
  • Mitch Abeita, Law Office of Domingo Garcia, P.C.






Lettuce Celebrate Wellness Week at The Juice Bar

9:45 am – 10:45 am in the Quad

Grab a pressed juice, granola bars and swag between classes! 


Reducing the Stigma of Stress and Anxiety

12:30 - 1:20 pm in Walsh

Stress and anxiety are very common among law students. Christian Filsouf (1L), Parker Embry (2L), and Roslyn Dubberstein (3L) as well as Dorlin A. Lafer-Sousa (Katten associate) - share how they personally have dealt with anxiety and reduced stress. 




Therapy Dogs

  9:30 am - 11:00 am in the Quad

Take a 5-minute break to play with Heart of Texas therapy dogs and enjoy the fresh air.



A Recovered Addict’s Guide to Mitigating the Stress of Law School

12:30 - 1:20 pm in Hillcrest

SMU Dedman Law alum Tyler Jordan '16 shares the story of how the tools he learned to overcome drug addiction became the foundation for managing stress as a law student.





Coping Wall and Table

All Day in the Pit

Stop by the Pit to get physical-focused, emotional-focused, and solution-focused ideas for coping with the stress of law school. Feel free to leave your own tips for coping with stress on our Coping Wall for other students see.






7:45 - 8:45 am in the Quad

Grab your yoga mat and meet us in the Quad for a pre-class Yoga class led by Leela Orbidan (1L). Water bottles provided by Thompson Knight.



Rock the Smoothie Bikes

11:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Quad

Exercise is a great way to release built-up stress.  These stationary bikes with blenders up front bring together fun, fitness, health, nourishment, and sustainability. 


Let’s Walk and Talk

3:20 – 3:50 pm walk around campus

Meet Madison Huerta by the Tempietto to go on a 30-minute, mid-day campus stroll and give your brain a short relief.