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Addiction and Mental Health in the Legal Profession: The Path to Lawyer Wellness

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Produced on April 03, 2018

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Course Information

Time 64 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Research confirms that the incidence of alcohol and drug abuse, depression, stress and anxiety among attorneys, judges and law students is twice that of the general population, but stigma, denial and concerns about confidentiality often prevent legal professionals from getting the help and support they need to recover.

This program, taught by Eileen Travis, Director of Lawyer Assistance Programs at the New York City Bar Association, and Meredith Heller, criminal defense attorney and former chair of the New York City Bar Association's Lawyer Assistance Program, will help attorneys understand the prevalence of substance abuse in the legal profession and its impact on an attorney’s ethical obligations. The program will also help attorneys to identify the signs and symptoms of an addiction and/or mental health problems, and will discuss the incredible network of recovering attorneys, judges and law students in NY and around the country who are committed to helping their colleagues achieve recovery and well being.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the prevalence of substance abuse in the legal profession and its impact on an attorney’s ethical obligations
  2. Identify best practices in approaching someone you are concerned about  
  3. Review the confidential services available through the Lawyer Assistance Program

Credit Information

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Faculty

Meredith Heller

Law Office of Meredith S. Heller

Meredith S. Heller has considerable experience representing clients at both the trial and appellate levels in criminal and civil matters in the state and the federal courts, including arguing cases before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the New York Court of Appeals. She has also counseled attorneys facing discipline and bar applicants in the admissions process.

Meredith is a frequent speaker at CLEs and the Orientation Program for Newly Admitted Attorneys in the First Department where she discusses quality of life issues, substance abuse and the resources available through the Lawyers Assistance Program. She has spoken at the Second Department Orientation Program on civility and professionalism.



Eileen Travis

New York City Bar

Eileen Travis is the Director of the Lawyers’ Assistance Program at the New York City Bar.



Reviews

BW
BRIAN W.

Excellent !!!

RM
Ronald M.

Every attorney should watch this presentation.

EP
Elayna P.

Excellent speakers who clearly care about this topic. Thank you.

EB
eileen b.

learned a tremendous amount of information

MO
Michael O.

Very informative and helpful. The class actively encourages people to seek help.

FJ
Faiza J.

Much needed for the legal profession.

DJ
DENIS J.

This program should be a mandatory CLE requirement.

CB
carol b.

Speakers addressed difficult topics with empathy and expertise. Well done.

AE
Andrea E.

Very helpful and informative program.

RB
Robyn B.

An incredible course.

WB
William B.

Very helpful.

MW
Marla W.

comprehensive

NV
Nicholas V.

Really important lecture.

AN
Anna N.

Extensive information and factual presentation.

RP
Robert P.

An encouraging CLE.

PR
Pamela R.

Best statistics I've seen. Well documented.

FR
Faustino R.

I did not know that the problems that Attorneys have were so wide spread and it is sad. It is great however that the profession makes the attempts to reach out and help the attorneys.

VV
Victoria V.

Good program.

AR
Arthur R.

Very and informative. It is nice to know there are organizations with the necessary compassion to be available to help lawyers.

CS
Carolyn S.

I really enjoyed the two person presentation. It was more engaging than a single presenter.

IU
Ilonka U.

Excellent.

BP
Benjamin P.

Very important presentation. The law--and the profession--carry great human cost. Law is adversarial and full of negative energy. Most lawyers' inability to acknowledge fault (and general predisposition to overachievement/perfectionism) combine with the law's natural adversarialism to create ideal conditions for mental illness. This presentation shows that there is a statistical basis for this, and that lawyers should care for themselves--because you can't care for a client if you're a wreck yourself.

DJ
Derrick J.

Awesome

LS
Leonard S.

Good review

DW
Donald W.

Well done.

MH
Melissa H.

Great information on mental health and addiction for attorneys!

JW
Jeanne C. W.

Extremely informative! Extremely informative!

BS
Benjamin S.

No comments. Thank you!

GP
Guillermo P.

Good presentation.

JR
John R.

Exceptional course. Well done.

DV
Diane V.

This was well done. Important topic, great content and analysis.

FS
Fatima S.

Did not realize the problem was so serious.

DW
David W.

These two presenters were superior. Empathetic, knowledgeable, sincere, and relatable. Really strong seminar. And important!

PS
Patrick S.

Thanks.

SW
Samuel W.

well done, helpful

RS
Richard S.

Good

JP
Joe P.

informed info

MD
Marc D.

Some interesting facts about issues attorneys face but oftentimes ignore.

LK
Lee K.

Amazing CLE and should be taught to all attorneys, law students, and attorney staff! Professors were excellent and I can't wait to do another CLE with Meredith Heller.

MW
Marian W.

This program was interesting and well-done. The case studies helped illustrate issues.

DD
David D.

Excellent and informative presentation.

JC
John C.

timely and concise

SD
Scott D.

great course on a tough topic that spans across the legal industry. Great presenters on real life scenarios

PS
Peter S.

Very important topic that is well presented!

NG
Nichole G.

One of the best programs I have listened to! Great and very informative!

TD
Tiyesha D.

One of the most valuable courses I have listened to.

LB
Lisa B.

So far this has been my favorite Lawline CLE course. The presenters were very thoughtful handling difficult topics related to the legal community. They were easy to connect with.

TK
Thomas K.

This program is really informative. The speakers know their stuff!!

MW
Michael W.

good program

PJ
Patrick J.

Truly eye-opening

JH
Joseph H.

Very Interesting.

DF
Daniel F.

Great course.

AM
Alexandra M.

The speakers were very personable on an important issue (one in which it's very important to be personable).

DK
Dean K.

The speakers interracted well and succinctly summarized issues affecting the mental health of attorneys.

MB
Mary W B.

Excellent and reassuring; there is help if you need it. Very good for anyone not aware of mental health aspects/impacts of the legal profession.

JB
John B.

Very nice!

SJ
Skye J.

Great course!

MG
Maureen G.

Much more warm and encouraging than most of these presentations.

SN
shirley n.

Very well done. First time I have comoleted an online course and I was surprised how fast the time passed.

AG
Arthur G.

A reminder of our humanity and vulnerabilities

MW
Michael W.

Really helpful and clear presentation of the issues involved

HS
HYUNJI S.

I found this course very helpful.

JM
Jory M.

Good presentation, important information. Thanks.

HV
Henry V.

Great on showing practical steps for attorneys who need assistance.

NK
Nicholas K.

Excellent, comprehensive program!

MW
Michael W.

very informative

JK
Jamilee K.

I really enjoyed this CLE. I never even knew that the Lawyers Assistance Program existed.

DW
Donna W.

Both speakers demonstrated knowledge and compassion about serious problems.

BB
Bonnie B.

Good information.

MH
Michael H.

Very very current and interesting

JH
John H.

Enlightening

GB
Gabrielle B.

Excellent, excellent, excellent! Such a sincere and caring presentation. Please keep up the good work!

MD
Micheal D.

Really enjoyed the format and discussion style. Great examples of behaviors that are not acceptable, how to manage situations and help yourself/ other lawyers.

EL
edwin l.

Good information and resources

JM
John M.

Very compassionate presenters - most effective speakers.

PP
Paul P.

Thank you.

AM
Anthony M.

Keep up the good work.

ES
Edward S.

Simply fabulous program! It's nice to learn about the LAP and how people who need help can get non-judgmental help from our peers!

RF
Ronald F.

I appreciated the ability to work the CLE in around my busy Court schedule.

AP
Andrew P.

Eye opening course Amazing to learn about this topic

CB
Candace B.

VERY INFORMATIVE PROGRAM.

LF
leslie f.

This was my first time to use LawLine and it was so easy and great information.

EC
Ethan C.

Good course, as always.

TA
Theresa A.

Thank you!

SP
Sara P.

Great information from both speakers. All lawyers should be informed about this matter

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