This course will examine areas of being a lawyer that are enhanced and grown when a lawyer is sober and working a recovery program. It provides an overview of the 12-Step recovery program, as well as several other non-12-Step programs. It will explain tangible benefits of being in recovery and provide suggestions for how to integrate professional and recovery life successfully.
This engaging course provides an overview of the disease of addiction, the impact on the legal profession, signs and symptoms of addiction, and obstacles to treatment and recovery. Ethical considerations and legal obligations are reviewed to provide the learner with a comprehensive approach to navigating the hurdles related to substance use disorders and the practice of law.
The legal profession has deepened the in-roads to improved lawyer well-being. Although we haven’t reached the destination, navigation has improved. Law schools now include well-being within curriculum, evidence of its importance to the profession. Despite these advancements, there is a heightened stress level amongst lawyers and their clients today linked to the unique pressures of practicing during an endemic and a greater demand for well-being support programs as a result. But in order for these programs to be meaningful, programs must consider how the practice has changed during this endemic, the longevity of these changes, and how the new version of legal practice influences attorney wellness, development, and even recruitment.
This engaging course provides an overview of the unique risk factors impacting legal professionals that can contribute to developing a substance use disorder. The course provides specific approaches to increase resilience and enhance wellbeing. Ethical considerations and legal obligations are reviewed to provide the learner with a comprehensive approach to navigating the hurdles related to substance use disorders and the practice of law.
The simple dictionary definition of well-being is the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. Certainly, for lawyers, well-being includes a personal desire to be “comfortable” and “happy”. Also, attorneys who enjoy a healthier well-being experience more job satisfaction and career longevity. But well-being within the profession is now almost a condition of practice - encompassing one's ability to effectively serve clients better. Sadly, industry reports reflect a well-being deficit within the profession, with higher instances of substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and poor physical health when compared to other professions. And unfortunately, the stress of COVID-19 has compounded these issues for lawyers. Register for this program to appreciate the state of lawyer well-being today, to learn about the early warning signs of unhealthy behaviors, and to develop strategies to thrive, not just survive, during COVID-19.
This 60 minute CLE presentation is for any lawyer or law student who is dealing with, or knows someone who is dealing with alcoholism, substance abuse or mental health issues. It is also for lawyers who recognize these issues in either their colleagues or adversaries. Lawyers suffer from alcoholism an average of 3 to 5 times that of the general public. More than one-fourth of all lawyers suffer with depression, with anxiety and other stress related disorders following close on its heels. It is estimated that between 40 and 70 percent of all disciplinary complaints are related to a lawyer’s impairment.
This course discusses the 2016 ABA/Hazelden study that resulted in these statics and the continuing stigma surrounding seeking treatment or revealing mental illness or addiction to others in or out of your firm. The course further discusses a lawyer’s ethical duties when a colleague or adversary is impaired, and the growing problem of cognitive impairment in older lawyers. It further examines Lawyer Assistance Programs and the growing importance placed on lawyer wellness.
Run Time: 66 minutes
Lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than the general population. We wondered, What is it about the legal profession that generates such an outcome? To help answer that question, we found Will Meyerhofer, a big law associate turned therapist.