One way to better address the scourge of mental illness and addiction in the legal profession is to teach attorneys about well-being as early as law school, according to a group of experts.

At the American Bar Association’s National Conference on Professional Responsibility in Vancouver, Canada, panelists floated this solution which they said could would help attorneys better cope with the pressures of working in the law.

The panelists described well-being as a continuous process in which lawyers try to thrive in every dimension of their lives. They said it’si vital in part because of the ethical duties of competent...