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.
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 is the Director of the Lawyers’ Assistance Program at the New York City Bar.
The speakers were very personable on an important issue (one in which it's very important to be personable).
The speakers interracted well and succinctly summarized issues affecting the mental health of attorneys.
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.
Much more warm and encouraging than most of these presentations.
Very well done. First time I have comoleted an online course and I was surprised how fast the time passed.
A reminder of our humanity and vulnerabilities
Really helpful and clear presentation of the issues involved
I found this course very helpful.
Good presentation, important information. Thanks.
Great on showing practical steps for attorneys who need assistance.
Excellent, comprehensive program!
I really enjoyed this CLE. I never even knew that the Lawyers Assistance Program existed.
Both speakers demonstrated knowledge and compassion about serious problems.
Very very current and interesting
Excellent, excellent, excellent! Such a sincere and caring presentation. Please keep up the good work!
Really enjoyed the format and discussion style. Great examples of behaviors that are not acceptable, how to manage situations and help yourself/ other lawyers.
Good information and resources
Very compassionate presenters - most effective speakers.
Keep up the good work.
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!
I appreciated the ability to work the CLE in around my busy Court schedule.
Eye opening course Amazing to learn about this topic
VERY INFORMATIVE PROGRAM.
This was my first time to use LawLine and it was so easy and great information.
Good course, as always.
Great information from both speakers. All lawyers should be informed about this matter
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