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Depression: An Occupational Hazard of the Legal Profession

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Produced on January 29, 2021

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Attorney Wellness

Course Description

This program, led by Laurie J. Besden, Esq., Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc., addresses the alarming prevalence rates of substance use and mental health disorders in legal professionals. People in the legal profession are dying because it is too painful to ask for help. This must STOP. This course dispels the stigma associated with mental health, which is a roadblock to legal professionals reaching out for help. It provides a comprehensive overview of risk factors and symptoms of depression, compelling reasons detailing why attorneys with depression should seek help, and intervention strategies for attorneys with colleagues in need of support. Finally, the presentation outlines the confidential, free, safe, and supportive resources that are available through lawyers' assistance programs throughout the United States.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize that the stigma associated with mental health disorders is simply an illusion
  2. Identify the prevalence of substance use and/or mental health disorder in the legal profession
  3. Appreciate that substance use and mental health disorders are chronic, progressive, and fatal if untreated, though the prognosis for recovery is excellent if help is sought (depression has a treatment success rate of 80%)
  4. Utilize the confidential, free, safe, and supportive resources that are available through the lawyer's assistance programs throughout the United States

Credit Information

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Laurie J. Besden

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL)

Laurie Besden is the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. (“LCL”). Since 2011, she has served as LCL’s Deputy Executive Director overseeing LCL’s Helpline operations and serving as the primary contact for intervention requests, expanding LCL’s law school outreach, and increasing LCL’s presence within the organized Bench and Bar. As the newly appointed Executive Director, Ms. Besden is now responsible for LCL’s administrative and financial operations as well as Judges Concerned for Judges (judges’ assistance program).

Ms. Besden is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania (1999) and New Jersey (1999). She practiced law from 1999 through 2001 and 2009-2011 in several capacities including:

  • Attorney-at-law (general civil and criminal practice), East Norriton, PA
  • Law Clerk (Pennsylvania Superior Court), Philadelphia, PA
  • Law Clerk (Philadelphia Municipal Court), Philadelphia, PA

She received her B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1995) and her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University (1999).

Ms. Besden was the 2015 recipient of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Henry Stuckert Miller Award for her dedication to public service in the legal profession.  


Karen J.

Excellent presentation by someone who has been there. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that this has saved lives.

John F.

Great presentation. Eye opening.

David P.

Great presentation

Hope Marie H.

Absolutely wonderful. Everyone needs to see this. (Materials she had are great too - I have already downloaded them) :)

Miriam W.

This was a great course and very important for lawyers, especially after 2020.

Danielle G.

Course was riveting. One of the best I've participated in. This should be mandatory for all attorneys.

Carolyn B D.

Outstanding presentation from someone who has suffered herself. Especially timely during this time in history for all of us.

Nnena A.

Exceptional, even with the dog's objections.

Denise R.

Thank you for your honesty, strength and compassion. I needed to hear this.

Thomas F.

Laurie Bresden is an ORACLE of WISDOM!!!

Andrea W.

Wow. Instructor was amazing.

Nicole D.

Thought the program was very timely and helpful!

Betsy S.

Substantive and important!

Ana K.

Wow. This was so necessary. Lawline's courses this year have been outstanding. I recommend this one to everyone.

felecia s.

The presenter was incredible!

Joel S.

Every attorney should view this. Too short

Susan E.

Excellent course on a topic that needs to be talked about more.

Paul J.

Extraordinarily important course. Consider promoting it. The presenter was passionate and an excellent choice to share both her story and the knowledge in the course. .

Tim P.

This speaker was amazing. Simply outstanding. Spoke from her experience. Has incredible strength. This world would be so much better with more people like her. I liked the fact that her 2 dogs participated :)

Grace S.

I enjoyed listening to the speaker. It was clear that she is passionate and cares about the topic.

Kristen S.

Thank you for this really well-constructed webinar.

Donna G.

Outstanding presentation. Very thankful for presenter's openness and honesty.

Matthew B.

So important! Great course.

David D.

well done.

Andrijana.Misovic@zeilerfloydzad.com M.

great course !!!!

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