Don't Give Up Five Minutes Before the Miracle

(6001 Ratings)

Produced on: April 19, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Laurie Besden, Esquire, Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of PA, shares her compelling personal story of an insatiable drug addiction that nearly took her life but settled for her freedom.

 

Through an in-depth telling of her recovery journey (including her eventual reinstatement to the practice of law), Ms. Besden provides information on how to identify and help attorneys in distress due to substance use and mental health disorders, and outlines the resources for help available, including an overview of LCL services.

 

The program also includes shocking statistics regarding the prevalence of substance use and mental health disorders in the U.S. legal industry.

 

Learning Objectives:

I.     Grasp the disease and recovery of addiction

II.    Understand the prevalence of substance use and mental health disorders in the US legal industry

III.   Recognize that everyone is impacted by substance use or mental health disorders at some point in their lives; directly or indirectly

IV.   Know that resources are available and that there is always hope

 

Faculty

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.  

Reviews

MH
Michael H.

Great speaker.

MD
Michael D.

Compelling presentation. Keep up the great work.

FB
Frank B.

This was the most riveting CLE presentation I have ever watched. Hearing the presenter's story was illuminating and inspiring.

BJ
Blair J.

all good

AB
Audra B.

Very insightful.

ZS
Zachary S.

Great speaker.

JM
Jayme M.

Didn't do much with the slides, but that's okay--very moving and inspiring, thank you for your honesty.

JC
Joanna C.

Good course

EL
Eve L.

Excellent, informative presentation! Thank you!

NE
Nicholas E.

Hats off to the presenter and her supporters.

JC
Jeffrey C.

Powerful presentation. Very compelling.

DA
Daniel A.

Excellent

RJ
Richard J.

Outstanding program. Very impactful.

WA
Whitney A.

This is the top three most important issue facing the legal profession today.

JF
James F.

Outstanding presentation!

JI
Jim I.

Was not really legal at all. But an interesting and engaging story and I hope it helps some folks

RF
Roxanne F.

Good seminar! I enjoyed the speaker very much.

KT
Karen T.

I was just so impressed with her story (and her transparency) and thankful to learn about how to help others with this issue.

SV
Suzanne V.

Excellent presentation. Ms. Bresden's story is powerful and informative. This should be a required CLE in all states.

CN
Charlie N.

She opening, especially for a Christian pastoral minister with a law degree like myself.

TC
Tracey C.

Amazing presentation! Having to watch CLE’s that have ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with my practice area just to fulfill a requirement feels like torture and a waste of time. This CLE gave me more practical information than any of my other courses combined.

BK
Bohdan K.

This is an eye-opening program for me, and I appreciate the information imparted, to help prevent my becoming addicted and to be aware and help someone else if needed.

CC
Carolyn C.

Powerful, life-changing...thanks!

GM
Gerard M.

this should be a mandatory part of all cotinuing cle programs the stats that were shown would dictate that shown very well done should be mandatoty course in all cle

JJ
Jonathon J.

A compelling personal story that brought credibility to the topic. Thank you.

RH
Robert H.

Very compelling.

MC
MaryAnne C.

excellent

MM
Michelle M.

Great CLE

LC
Larry C.

Used best approach into effective presentation - credible testimonial - contained power point slides info to read as reinforcement to the realities discussed

WB
William B.

Very well done

AT
Ashley T.

Best presentation in the bundle! :)

MF
Mary F.

This was one of the BEST presentations on this I have EVER heard. Thank you to the presenter for her courage, her willingness to share her story, and her bravery.

TF
Tiffany F.

Thank you for saying what needs to be said. Thank you for doing what you do.

LO
Loretta O.

Excellent presentation and very informative

JH
Jonathan H.

Riveting

SL
stephen l.

thank you. very important topic

MA
Maria A.

I am required to take this kind of training course for Illinois CLE (professional responsibility, mental health and/or substance abuse), and surprisingly, this was informative and engaging. The speaker was excellent. I had no idea how widespread such problems affect our profession. Compassion and understanding is truly needed.

DC
David C.

This is one of the best programs I have ever seen from any CLE provider. This program should be a staple in any "Bridge the Gap" program for newly licensed attorneys.

EE
Emily E.

I appreciated the presenter's honesty and candor.

SC
Sucheta C.

She is fantastic, honest and a ray of hope for those in need. I never faced these issues but would love to help for those who need it, it would be helpful to know how can we get involved in helping those in need.

RH
Richard H.

This program was very informative and inspirational.

WM
Wayne M.

Amazing story--really drives home the need to protect against and police substance abuse as a benefit to the profession.

DF
David F.

Awesome presentation. Thank you for sharing your story.

SM
Sarah M.

Really great presentation

PB
Phillip B.

I appreciated the frankness and honesty of her substance struggle.

VM
Veronica M.

An inspiring story that will give many attorneys hope.

JC
Joseph C.

Excellent and very effective instructor

CA
Connie A.

Terrific presentation and very informative.

LC
Leecia C.

Thank you for sharing your story and doing what you do to help other attorneys

SH
Steve H.

Absolutely fantastic presentation. I was glued to the entire presentation. Thank you for sharing such an incredible journey with us.

MB
Mary B.

Wow, very enlightening! Thank you!

TK
Tamra K.

Outstanding program!!! What a powerful story and a very impressive person. Wishing her the best!

NA
Nicholas A.

Humanizing

GD
Gerardo D.

Informative

RM
Robert M.

Laurie's story was quite tragic but also drove home the realities of addiction for attorneys. This was a powerful testimony to hang in there and get help if caught in the trap of addiction. It is good that she was able to show a law license can be recovered and her office is there for those who need it. Excellent CLE presentation!

JB
john b.

Excellent program!

JA
Jennifer A.

Very helpful. Thank you.

MH
Myles H.

Courageous to discuss past difficulties. Helps those with future problems.

JF
Jeffrey F.

This was probably the most compelling and interesting Lawline speaker I've seen to date. Very "real."

TC
Thomas C.

My compliments to the speaker for telling her story. She is an inspiration to others.

DB
Dina B.

Great success story - very good program.

DC
David C.

Happens to the best of us. Good course and a dose of reality.

AB
Amy B.

Great course! Very inspiring and a good reminder of the assistance available for colleagues. Really enjoyed!

TK
Thomas E. K.

Profoundly depressing but highly illuminating. I still have trouble calling addiction a disease.

SM
Sidney M.

Excellent presentation

MM
Matthew M.

Powerful testimony by speaker.

KG
KARIN G.

Ms. Besden's presentation was very helpful and outlined the seriousness of addictive concerns as well as and PSTD occurrences among attorneys due to client interactions. Thank you!

NG
Natasha G.

Liked the personal story

CA
Crystal A.

Excellent to have the course taught by someone who has lived it! Enormous courage sharing her story and paying it forward. Truly inspiring!

TM
Tim M.

Very good.

JM
Joseph M.

Excellent course and instructor provided good resource & contact information in her presentation and slides.

CH
Chris H.

best program so far

BG
Bradley G.

Commendable presentation and wonderful way to approach topics that folks typically don't like to discuss openly.

BD
Blake D.

Amazing story.

NC
Nancy C.

Thank you for sharing your story and for helping others through your experience. What a gift you are to the profession!

NH
Natalie H.

Amazing journey. Inspiring!

MN
Moshe N.

One of the very best CLE courses. Informative, practical and quite shocking.

LK
Lori K.

amazing story and great presentation.

FM
Frances M.

Eye opening.

MM
Mark M.

EXCELLENT.

KK
krystal k.

powerful

JF
julie f.

Thank you for sharing!

CM
Carol M.

Excellent presentation!

PG
paul g.

Extremely informative and professionall presentation. Covered an area of the profession which is overlooked despite its obvious significance to members of the bar.

JF
Jenifer F.

Wow. Very inspiring!

ED
Emily D.

Ms. Besben's honesty was inspiring.

JM
James M.

Powerful presentation.

KI
Kelly I.

Great program. It was recommended by my partner. The speaker was engaging and did a great job.

LH
Laurence H.

Laurie Besden is a blessing to the legal profession. Her personal story, her dedication to share it with others, and her powerful message of hope are powerful, unique, and stunningly helpful to all of us in this business. Bless you, Laurie Besden, and thank you for everything you do for all of us!

AG
Abigail G.

The speaker spoke from personal experience. She was very inspiring and provided good content on topic that is very relevant to today.

MD
Mary D.

This was a great CLE. The speaker was very helpful and I am sure others have enjoyed her testimony.

JU
Jennifer U.

I appreciate the power of the personal testimony in this course!

BN
bryan n.

good

KK
Karen K.

Eye opening.

PG
Paul G.

Very powerful.

CP
Caroline P.

Compelling speaker

NN
Neelam N.

The speaker was very effective

PM
Patricia M.

Very impactful

RN
Ryan N.

Amazing story

KL
Kevin L.

Fabulous course

DD
Doris D.

It was very, very, informative and interesting.

LH
Lew H.

Excellent supporting documents

MM
Michael M.

Heart felt and eye opening. Thank you.

DG
David G.

Mind Blowing

JM
Jaime M.

Very thoughtful.

JI
Jennifer I.

Great presentation! Could even be divided into two presentations, to delve deeper into the risk of lawyers to develop substance abuse and mental health disorders separately.

JH
Jalissa H.

Fantastic "confessional" telling from a colleague, who has opened herself up to prioritize helping others.

OT
Omar T.

PRESENTER DID AN AMAZING JOB!!! SHE IS SAVING LIVES AND FAMILIES.

JT
Julie T.

very informative, interesting, and relevant.

DW
David W.

Really great and informative presentation. The presenter's personal narrative was vulnerable, but also reaffirming for how victory can be achieved from recovery.

LK
Lawrence K.

Very inspirational story and discussion about the issues of addiction in our profession

KC
Ken C.

Great presentation.

DM
Dominique M.

Excellent presentation with an inspirational personal story.

BG
Bridget G.

That was an excellent look at reality and what steps can be taken to help yourself or others in need

MH
Monica H.

Absolute BEST CLE I have ever heard!! Bravo Ma'am!!

NG
Nancy Moss G.

Best sub. abuse program I have seen--I may have my kids watch it. However, a couple of small things popped into my head that may be good to address . First, Laurie was compelled to detox/enter treatment, whereas many attorneys would need to do so voluntarily. Second, she was never a practicing attorney & her addiction began earlier...it might be helpful to point out that this distinction shouldn't matter. Thank you again for an excellent presentation.

AM
Allan M.

good cle

RB
Richard B.

Thank you, Ms. Besden for your selflessness in giving yourself away to others in need. You are a point of light in dark places.

AL
Aaron L.

This speaker was very informative and told her story in a way that I found very interesting. I appreciate her candor and openness in discussing such a sensitive matter. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors and continued recovery.

KH
Kevin H.

This presentation was powerful and compelling. The presenter was terrific.

KY
Karen Y.

Riveting. God bless her!

BT
Bray T.

Amazing story! Spectacular presentation!

ML
Michael L.

Very sobering to me.

BB
Brandan B.

Wow. An amazing and insightful story.

CB
Carrie B.

Absolutely appreciated the candid retelling of the road through addiction to recovery. This may be the most meaningful CLE I’ve done. Thank you to the speaker for sharing.

JW
Jeri W.

Very helpful for not only lawyers but anyone suffering from addiction.

IA
irina a.

convincing presentation thank you

JR
James R.

Wow! What a journey. God bless.

MA
Megan A.

Inspirational.

KS
Kenneth S.

an amazing and inspirational personal Odyssey

PL
Peter L.

very moving presentation

RS
Ross S.

Excellent.

LA
Lawrence A.

Outstanding presentation and a story we all need to hear

AW
Anne W.

Excellent speaker!

LK
Lynn K.

Fantastic and compelling presentation. Incredibly thought-provoking, especially due to the very personal account of a survivor who should inspire others

JM
John M.

This is one of the better ethics CLEs I've ever had. I saw the addiction train coming in my life and got out before it got to bad but the knowledge that Lawyers helping Lawyers was out made me look long and hard.

DW
Daniel W.

I didn't expect a program about substance abuse, but it was good!

DW
Donna W.

The speaker is outstanding. Her honesty is to be admired.

KC
Kristine C.

Excellent presentation!!!

T
Corinne K. T.

Best CLE I've seen.

LW
Linda W.

Very articulate and honest presentation

CH
Cathie H.

Fascinating presentation because it was so courageous. She talks from the heart and it was such a relief to hear a real story!

JH
James H.

Amazing story. Very Inspiring.

EP
Emily P.

This is one of the best courses you all have. Inspiring and informative. Important for all to know even if they are not addicts. Thank you!

DF
D F.

Laurie was outstanding in her presentation and her passion for the topic. Best of luck to her.

DM
Daniel M.

excxellent

KT
Kimberly T.

Great

MD
Malcolm D.

Sad story. She really was saved.

HJ
Hilary J.

Excellent presentation and one every single attorney - and every person - should watch.

JG
Joseph G.

The best class I have taken. What an amazing story.

TB
Thaddeus B.

great class

DM
Daniel M.

Very inspirational and informative.

JK
Jeffrey K.

Outstanding, powerful.

CH
Carolyn H.

Amazing story

LO
Lisa O.

Excellent presentation - I would highly recommend.

JG
Jeffrey G.

This was a gift from God. Thank you.

AR
Ann R.

So inspirational. Thank you for sharing your story.

FM
Francis M.

Excellent presentation

TS
Tayebe S.

Laurie's story is so compelling. Thank God for the work you and your organization do. I have a relative in rehab now. I pray he finds sobriety like you and can live a purposeful life.

RR
Ronald R.

Awesome

GP
Georgian P.

Excellent program! Interesting speaker!

GT
George T.

Every lawyer in the US should listen to this podcast.

CM
Christina M.

Amazing presentation. Eye opening.

PC
Philip C.

great lady and lawyer thank you

CW
claude w.

She does a good job!

JS
Joanna S.

she did a great job of telling her powerful story.

JR
Joseph R.

Incredible personal story with extensive slides

CD
Carolann D.

Life changing course. Vital for our profession! Thank you!

RC
Richard C.

One of the best hours that I've spent in years. it is a brilliantly effective presentation.

RM
Richard M.

highly recommended

IC
Ira J C.

Ms. Besden was amazing!

MT
MARCI T.

Powerful presentation.

RR
Robert R.

very helpful

RF
Regan F.

this was a very powerful presentation. Thank you for providing this

DS
David S.

I thought this was just going to fill another hour of CLE. But wow. Very powerful. Thank you

JC
Jerry C.

great

RS
Robert S.

Excellent -- first-rate -- thank you

NP
Nancy P.

Amazingly touching presentation. Wow.

LT
Lisa T.

one of the best ethics credits I have ever viewed

RS
Richard S.

This course showed an unedited truth about a lawyer with a substance abuse problem. Many encounter such issues. Great job Lawline.

LC
Lesa C.

Appreciated the honesty, the advice for helping others, and the hope.

JG
Joan G.

Excellent

JP
John P.

Excellent!!!

MP
Marc P.

Nice story

ML
Maryjane L.

Very well presented and informative.

MG
Mark G.

Very powerful and compelling story.

JK
John Richard K.

The presenter's personal story was very powerful.

CB
carol b.

Incredible story, honestly told and relevant to all of us.

JC
Jean-Paul C.

Hopefully this message gets out to folks who need to hear it. The honesty of the story is commendable.

MV
Martha V.

Fantastic information!

DM
Dave M.

Wow. Makes a very compelling and very moving case for the value of intervention and helping one another.

RC
Ralph C.

Very good course.

JS
Jacqueline S.

Excellent presenter.

AH
Alma H.

Fascinating! Thank you for sharing your story with us!

HC
Hana C.

One of the best CLE lectures. The speaker was very engaging and the personal touch to her stories were very inspirational.

JC
Jaclyn C.

great program

NL
Natalie L.

I never realized someone could go through so much and the speaker is just amazing how she recovered. A true model.

WH
William A. H.

Every lawyer should see this

SM
S.A. M.

Every attorney should watch this program

KK
Kyle K.

A very compelling presentation.

BY
Barry E Y.

Very informative and humane.

RV
Ron V.

This course provided many insights that may prove useful in the future when addressing issues with colleagues

DS
Donna S.

Amazing and inspiring story!

LL
Lisa L.

Courageous program. Loved the honesty of the presenter.

VF
Vanessa f.

thank you for sharing such a personal story with us!

LW
Lori W.

The presenter was very honest and transparent. Excellent presentation.

EG
Erik G.

A very compelling and moving personal story!

CC
Cecilia C.

Incredibly brave and inspiring story.

VP
Veronica P.

Laurie is very brave to do this program. I found it informative and enhancing. Good on Lawline for having it!

LA
Lori A.

Wish there was more content

SR
Stephen R.

Inspiring

JK
Judith K.

Thank you for a great presentation

MA
Michael A.

Presenter was very persuasive and knowledgeable from first hand experience of the dangers of substance abuse and other mental health issues relevant to attorneys.

AS
Alysa S.

Great lecture

FM
Farid M.

Her story is amazing!!!

MO
Michael O.

Awesome Very Inspiring

CP
Christyann P.

good message and reminders

CC
Charles C.

As recovering alcoholic with 23 years sobriety, I thought the presentation was very good!

RG
Robert G.

Lot of courage to tell your story. Glad the ending was happy!

JS
John S.

Most meaningful CLE I attended inn 36 years.

BA
Brutrinia A.

I deeply appreciated Leslie's authenticity and transparency. This should be required viewing for all entering law students. Her story reminded me of a fellow student when I was in law school. She was an incredibly high achieving student, but she had an obvious substance abuse problem. Leslie is right. Her story is not unique.

FS
Frederick S.

Very interesting and very helpful.

RC
Robert C.

WOW! I don't know what else to say! Inspirational and PA is luck to have her!

DS
Dianne S.

amazing story--great way to understand the ethical side!!

MW
Matthew W.

Very different from all other CLE I have seen. Surprisingly, because I would have rated 3 or 4 other CLEs "a perfect 10," I have to say, this is the single best CLIE I have ever seen. Notes are fantastic. Information is also quite useful, outside of law. Everyone should see this CLE, even non-lawyers.

BL
Bruce L.

Interesting discussion and I admired Ms. Besden's candor.

RD
Rebecca D.

Fantastic and very powerful and insightful.

JW
Joslyn W.

Fascinating story!

JC
Jennifer C.

Great CLE.

GM
Gavino M.

Very amazing life story from this attorney. It makes you very self-aware and gives hope to anyone who believes there is none. Amazing person.

KC
Kimberly C.

Thank you for sharing your story!

EP
Elizabeth P.

Interesting and informative

JP
Julie P.

Excellent program and handout

FS
Frederick S.

Should be played for each graduating law school class!

LS
L. Michael S.

Compelling story, and important story to hear.

JP
james p.

Very good presentation

DR
Deanna R.

I admire her courage and commitment to helping other in need with her own story.

RU
ROBERT U.

I think this is a good program for the profession, sometimes we forget how vulnerable we all are.

TT
Todd T.

A very compelling presentation.

TE
Tomas E.

" Fantastic " One of the best programs.

JS
Jodie S.

Excellent and inspiring presentation.

SP
Shannon P.

Fabulous program, and inspiring speaker. This program should be a "must see" for all attorneys everywhere.

WH
William H.

Took this course on whim as I was just looking for another ethics course. Came away inspired by and proud of Ms. Besden.

KB
Kevin B.

Great real life cle.

PL
Paula L.

What CLE has the potential to save more attorneys from death or ruined careers or wasted lives than this CLE program? The answer is there no such program.

RF
Robert F.

Incredible story with valuable advice.

GH
Gunta H.

Appreciated the added insight into process after rock bottom.

ST
Salvatore T.

Wow, what an hour ! She was amazing and makes me proud to be a lawyer.

JW
JUSTIN W.

Great presentation

LB
Louise B.

good example of addiction based on personal experience

AT
Ann T.

It was a good story about the speaker's substance abuse history.

BH
Benjamin H.

very informative

PR
Patricia R.

Great class - very helpful

WD
William D.

Probably should be required program for all lawyers. Thank you.

JJ
John J.

Honestly, I was just trying to tick off some quick CLE. This was so compelling. Thank you.

MB
martisse b.

I think she was great. Kept my attention the entire time and made me really think about me and my kids future with substance abuse.

AL
Anthony L.

very powerful

AK
Amy K.

She was wonderful. Such an inspirational story. Really touching.

KW
Kenneth W.

A sobering tale. Very brave of the presenter to be so honest about her situation.

LK
Linda K.

Thank the speaker for her candor and for imparting a hopeful message. She's an excellent speaker.

AJ
Amelia J.

This is one of the most useful CLE programs I have ever seen. Knowing that there is help and how to get it is an awesome tool for attorneys to have in our toolbox. Awesome!

RR
Richard R.

Wow

RR
Richard R.

Thank you for sharing

CB
Christina Renee B.

Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

LF
Lynn F.

Well done. Informative.

GH
Gael H.

Great course.

DP
Dana P.

It was eye-opening and well presented.

JS
Jack S.

Powerful presentation,

TH
Teresa H.

Excellent CLE.

JJ
Jane J.

Honest, courageous, and full of hope

RW
Rich W.

Very powerful presentation by someone who has been there and done that. she truly knows what she's talking about.

MP
Martha P.

Very nice!

KC
Ken C.

Speaker was very frank and interesting.

JA
John A.

The most impassioned course I've ever watched on Lawline. Inspiring, useful and informative.

PN
Paula N.

Outstanding presentation.

CS
Colleen S.

amazing story of survival

RG
Ruth G.

Very interesting to hear the personal story and the passion of the speaker for recovery.

LW
Linda W.

Great presentation

HS
Heather S.

Great CLE. I

IG
Iris G.

Sharing her story will help others.

KT
Kristin T.

One of the most captivating ones I have viewed. Changed my view on mandatory Bar fees for lawyers assistance.

RB
Rosemary B.

It was shocking to hear but great to hear that she succeeded after all she went through

BS
BJ S.

One of the best CLE programs I have taken. Laurie was amaxing and has incredible courage. Thank you for educating so many about this disease !

FE
Frank E.

Good personal approach to topic

RC
Richard C.

It's hard to believe the journey Laurie has traveled, and where she is now. She's doing a remarkable service for the profession , and her presentation should be a required program for all law school applicants.

TM
Tim M.

The best CLE I have ever watched

IG
Ian G.

Awesome

JM
John M.

great presenter

RK
Robert K.

That was very good

MS
Mary S.

This was a fantastic presentation - I am very happy that the speaker was able to get to where she has gotten.

TR
Todd R.

Very informative

SL
Steven L.

Not what I expected, but it was really good.

AW
April W.

You are so strong! Thank you for sharing your story.

ML
Michael L.

An unbelievable story.

PO
Patrick O.

Powerful and courageous.

MA
Michael A.

This was compelling; I'm very glad that I chose this course.

SS
Sandra S.

Fantastic, honest, engaging presentation!

DW
David W.

Alcohol and drug abuse is a big problem in our profession. The instructor was courageous in sharing her story, and offered some great ideas on helping attorney addicts.

ME
Michael E.

Great

CJ
Chantal J.

This is very important and we should have more of these. particularly of lawyers in private practice and how to deal with this issue before it leads to suspended licenses.

CB
Charles B.

Excellent presentation.

BS
Barbara S.

Inspirational, thought provoking speaker with an important message, and story to tell.

PW
pamela w.

Excellent.

BH
Brenda H.

Excellent presentation.

AB
Amanda B.

This faculty presenter was amazing.

WM
Wendy M.

Very eye-opening.

KF
Kevin F.

GREAT!!

JF
James F.

Important topic, great that there is help available!

JT
Jane T.

Brutally honest. Fantastic!

EG
Ethan G.

as a former county bar president, I am grateful to the speaker for sharing her story. Too many attorneys, in the business of absorbing other people's problems, feel alone when confronting their own demons.

RO
Rita O.

Kudos to the speaker for her bravery

JS
jon s.

A courageous and talented young woman.

DB
Dwight B.

great!

BD
Brian D.

Best CLE I have ever taken. Thanks.

MS
Michael S.

One of the best CLEs I have taken.

HL
Hubert L.

very effective

EP
Ellen P.

Really moving personal story.

SD
Scott D.

gripping personal story, great to see that she persevered and is back helping other attorneys.

CH
Craig H.

very compelling and effective presentation

JD
Jennifer D.

Another excellent course.

ZA
Zahara A.

Very personal and very real. Thank you for sharing your story. You are a great advocate.

SK
shari k.

courage

PC
Patrick C.

Excellent

NS
Norman S.

interesting course

DS
Dinetah S.

This was a fantastic and eye opening program.

LF
Lawrence F.

powerful testimony

DB
DAVID B.

Fascnating story. Glad to hear she is in recovery. I will be on the look-out, based on her suggestions, for colleagues who may be in need of some assistance.

FM
Faber M.

THIS WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING LAWLINE COURSES I'VE EVER HEARD. WHAT A STORY!

EG
Edgar G.

Amazing

KS
Kimberly S.

Really appreciated this lecture. Thank you!

DD
Daniel D.

appreciated the speaker's honesty.

RM
randal m.

excellent

RD
Robert D.

Speaker had an amazing story and presented it very well

DH
Daniel H.

Very good.

MW
Mona W.

Personal story was a powerful one, thanks

JF
Jodi F.

Thank you for the work you do.

DM
Demyra M.

This was the most transparent and moving course I have ever taken! It will provide you with a level of empathy for SA like nothing ever before. We ALL need this class. This woman is a Blessing. TO the Presenter of this class - If you are reading this message, please know that telling your story to others is invaluable and I pray for you God's greatest blessings. You have been through enough and you have paid for it all. Do not let anyone ever make you feel bad or guilty for your past. You are helping many people.

GS
George S.

The presenters candor made her points effective.

SM
Stephanie M.

Amazing

CP
Cynthia P.

Powerful presentation. I hung on to every word.

JW
John W.

Gog Bless You and Thank You for what you do!!!

VM
Vaughn M.

I appreciate presenter's honesty.

JH
John H.

If there is ever a CLE that can help attorneys, this is it.

DR
Donald R.

Very powerful presentation.

CC
Christopher C.

The presenter was wonderful. I am so glad she was reinstated. What a difference she is making.

RK
Regina K.

Very inspiring. Wishing you continued success.

MZ
Matthew Z.

Great Speaker/Presenter!

CM
Carol M.

Very insightful and kept my attention. Plenty of opportunities to use information discussed in this program

VC
Veronica C.

Great presentation. I appreciate hearing a real story versus just being told statistics.

ZS
Zvi S.

Great

TC
Tonda C.

Outstanding

SM
Stephen M.

Very informative, moving story. I'm glad things worked out, and appreciate the encouragement and information!

MB
Michell B.

God bless her and the attorney that came to her rescue! She provided a very good approach if you come across someone that you are concerned may have a substance abuse problem. I know several attorneys that are now clean and sober, but never asked them what made them turn their lives around. I am sure that they had someone intervene like she did, and that probably saved their lives. Very moving, and important issue in our practice.

JF
J Gregory F.

very interesting

AW
Allen W.

great story

SB
Sonia B.

Very enlightening

JK
Jamilee K.

The speaker held my attention throughout. She was fantastic. Best of luck to her always!

GH
Gar H.

Interesting, informative, inspirational.

CB
Craig B.

This was a great CLE. Just wonderful to hear Ms. Besden's story and especially of her recovery. Thank you so much.

WR
William R.

honest presentation

SB
Sarah B.

great presentation and very heartfelt

WE
William E.

An effective and humble story.

JW
Jon W.

Wow. Powerful presenter.

MQ
Melinda Q.

Excellent presenter!!!

KM
Kieran M.

It was well organized presentation.

JM
James M.

Kudos to the presenter. An excellent presentation.

DL
Deborah L.

Best way to learn is from someone who's been there. Thanks for helping us help others.

NR
Namratha R.

Really eye opening !

JB
John B.

Excellent program. Brave and riveting testimonial.

MK
mklaw2004@gmail.com K.

very useful information

RP
Robert P.

gutsy woman to lay her whole professional life out there so that others might get help.

MS
Marilyn S.

wow. I have 4.5 years of sobriety. the legal profession was more than I could handle. Thank you for your story.

WH
WINSTON H.

Best Presentation on Lawline

EA
Edward A.

Well done, great facts to know for ALL attorneys.

MG
Michael G.

Thank you Laurie

LG
Lloyd G.

She had amazing story and therefore this course has a real impact. She is quite that Lady.

NN
Nicole N.

Wonderful lecture, thank you for your openness and honestly!

AP
Ashley P.

Fantastic and brave.

HT
Helen T.

Amazing story

WH
William H.

Terrific presentation. Appreciate Ms. Besden for sharing her story.

AO
Arthur O.

Very informative course. Thank you.

DE
Diane E.

Just realizing that there are those who have been there that can help and have recovered is significant

LM
Lisa M.

Excellent program!

VS
Virginia S.

Every lawyer should see this.

CK
Catherine K.

Outstanding.

EC
Eric C.

In some ways, a harrowing, and in other ways, an inspiring, lecture.

RS
Richard S.

A compelling story told clearly and persuasively -- everyone should hear this for themselves or for people they might be able to help.

DR
Dennis R.

Excellent, very heartfelt couragious presentation!!!!

SM
Sheldon M.

Great program!

SC
Scott C.

Great.

CM
Carol M.

Best course I have ever taken. Brutal honesty and constructive ways to help attorneys struggling with addiction and depression.

KC
Karen C.

Great program

MW
Monica W.

This CLE is FANTASTIC! I couldn't recommend it more. She really knows how to speak to people.

AM
Andrew M.

Speaker has the ability to positively affect other attorneys by her journey.

AL
Alan L.

this program may save a life and may help some clients whose layers need information.

KW
Kristin W.

excellent

CC
Charles C.

gotta say she was great. thank you

CR
Chris R.

Fantastic, moving seminar. Rare that there is a CLE that you think that you are a better person for spending the hour

HK
Heidi K.

candid, honest, eager and effective. That was a great and eye-opening hour.

MN
Mark N.

Terrific program

QB
Quietta B.

Thanks!

JM
joseph m.

courageous

JC
John C.

Great program.

AS
Ann-Kathryn S.

An amazing illustration of the extremes of addiction and recovery and hope.

FR
Frank R.

Very good & informative!

JF
Jordan F.

Amazing personal story. Very brave to share and helpful

CP
Carole P.

Thank you for sharing your story.

JR
Joan R.

So impressed by her ability to share details of her life.

JW
James W.

The best presentation I have ever seen. Thank you.

EB
emanuel b.

excellent program!

MN
Michael N.

Without a doubt, the best motivating speaker I have seen or heard.

WT
Walter T.

Thanks

JD
Joseph D.

Excellent info for all attorneys. Fantastic testimony.

CJ
Christopher J.

good presentation

KP
KRISTIE P.

Excellent program--not the usual boring CLE on topic--I actually feel like I learned something that could be useful.

KB
Karen B.

I truly appreciate the speaker's courage in sharing and her dedication to help people help others and themselves.

PM
Perry M.

very brave speaker.

ES
Eulis S.

Excellent. I hope it gets it message through to those who need it.

AW
Anthony W.

Very powerful presentation. Truly humanizes the issue.

MC
Mark C.

Good course.

JW
Jeffrey W.

Brave story-telling, useful and important information.

SL
Shelley L.

Very effective speaker and compelling topic.

AA
arthur a.

Ms. Besden should be commended for her courage, intelligence and empathy.

CS
Carolan S.

Brave person! Thanks for sharing. I realize I might have been able to help someone ( a law student) in the past but wasn't certain what to do. Now I feel better prepared if the circumstances ever arise again.

DG
Dalinda G.

this was an awesome class

JE
Jana E.

Fantastic and important - thank you

MG
Mary E G.

Had no idea what this program was about except it offered 1 hour of ethics. Yet, I learned a lot about addictive behaviors and how to handle situations that crop up in the practice of law and life. Interesting and worthwhile for all attorneys.

PW
Philip W.

Very well presented and interesting

ML
Matthew C. L.

Excellent

CD
Charles D.

She was effective because she was so sincere. Her caring really shows.

MW
Martin W.

astounding testimonial

EH
Elizabeth H.

Highly effective, supportive and revealing especially with relating to the presenter. Thank you.

RW
Rhonda G. W.

Thank you for this superb and essential program. Every lawyer should watch it for his/her own sake and the sake of other persons known to them. Clearly and persuasively presented -- invaluable!

AR
Amber R.

I loved the personal story. Thank you for sharing with us!

AP
Andrew P.

Amazing story, one that everyone should hear, lawyer or not! I am glad to hear that Laurie is now enjoying a sober life.

LS
Lorien Elizabeth S.

Wonderful presentation, this is such an important issue and this was a very impactful and well done program, thank you.

FS
Fatima S.

Really important topic. I see this problem daily.

EM
Elbert M.

Fantastic program. I usually hate this topic because I don't drink or use drugs. Thus I usually approach this subject as one of those things I have to go through every 3 years to keep my law license. I would recommend this program to any lawyer that is resistant to this type of program as I am

DH
Donica H.

Very honest and informational presentation.

ES
Elise S.

Very honest - important to hear all of this information - thanks!

JB
Julie A. B.

Compelling.

SM
Shannon M.

Best CLE ever! I wish this could be seen by other professionals. I wish I could share this with some friends and family members not in our industry. I wish this could have ben 30-60 minutes longer so the presenter could have then gone through the important slides. But, her story was the real grabber!

JF
Jennifer F.

Amazing and brave!

PB
Pamela B.

Easy to listen to CLE.

DK
Darya K.

very moving

KM
Kevin M.

One of the best courses ever.

JF
Jane F.

Gets the message across

SW
Steven W.

Amazing story

DR
Dwayne R.

Extraordinary life story that I am sure will help many who are struggling with the life threatening grasp of alcohol/drug addiction. Yeah to Laurie Besden!

DI
Daire I.

Even though I am in year 29 of my sobriety, I really needed to hear this! Thank you:-)

KL
Kamalie Kanishka L.

I hope all the other CLE presentations are like hers.

TB
Thomas B.

I didn't even know what this was about until the program started, but it was fantastic! Whaty an inspiration!

WB
William B.

Just an amazing story -

MG
Michael G.

Very Inspiring from the heart.

WM
Winifred M.

Excellent speaker.

MF
Mary F.

Speaker was impressive.

SH
Steven H.

Wow. This is the most impressive story (and CLE) I have ever heard. Kudos to Ms. Besden for sharing her story and finding her calling.

LT
Lynn T.

Best program I've heard in a long time.

NG
Nicole G.

This is by far the best CLE I have ever done. Thank you for sharing your story.

KF
Keith F.

Good idea to include this topic. Great speaker.

KH
Karen H.

very interesting. thank you for sharing your story

SC
Steve C.

Should be required CLE in every state, every year.

JL
John David L.

Excellent and courageous presentation!

WR
William R.

Incredible presentation.

MS
Michael S.

Compelling and meaningful presentation.

AM
Asha M.

BEST CLE I have ever seen by far in my 10 years of law practice. We need more speakers with her courage and wisdom. People are dying and suffering and all we care about are billable hours. This profession is a shame but thanks to people like her, there is hope. I have strongly considered leaving the law. After seeing this, I am inspired to give it another chance. Finally: some honesty and strength in a CLE course. Asha V. Mathai, J.D., M.S.W.

MT
Melanie T.

Definitely one of the best programs I've attended in a long time.

MS
Miriam S.

Excellent program

JM
John M.

Excellent presentation.

JT
Joseph T.

Excellent presenter and content - important and compelling.

PP
Patrice P.

written materials were excellent!

DC
Derek C.

The presenter's candor was amazing.

JO
Jill O.

Her story was very informative; she is great for sharing it.

SK
Stephen K.

Wow. Best program I ever attended. Thank you. A+ Wow Wow Wow

FG
Fabian G.

Very informative and powerful testimony. It can inspire anyone to get help.

EL
Edward L.

Great lecture!

SB
Steven B.

Powerful.

LS
lewjene s.

her story is unbelievable, it was the most captivating CLE I have ever attended or heard, WOW

MS
Michelle S.

Great presentation, standing ovation for the presenter!

LW
Lacy W.

Presenter was excellent.

BM
Brendan M.

Very eye opening presentation, excellent

AJ
Andrew J.

Knowing the resources are available is important.

ZS
Zynda S.

This is a must see for our profession regardless of practice area and one's own addictive nature.

HB
Helen B.

A brave presentation. Thank you.

JD
Jessica D.

Very honest and good presentation.

AH
Amy H.

very honest, very compelling. Thank you.

JC
james c.

Your story was very familiar to me. After recovery "Ain't life grand!"

CG
Carolyn G.

I am so grateful for Laurie's courage and honesty to share her story. thank you

JL
James L.

Laurie's story puts being an attorney in the proper perspective. It is not worth destroying your life, and there is help.

HF
Helena F.

Very moving presentation.

JA
Jennifer A.

Eye opening presentation. Would highly recommend it to others.

PH
Patricia H.

She was very good.

GD
Gary D.

A story of personal experience combined with excellent written materials.

LM
Lynn M.

Thank you for sharing your story, it was very moving.

LC
Lisa C.

Very much found this interesting.

TL
Thomas L.

This should be required viewing for all new lawyers.

AC
Andrea C.

excellent program

MB
Martin B.

very moving

RD
ralph d.

The presenter did an excellent job with a very personal topic. More attention and resources should be devoted to this issue for the benefit of our profession and those many attorneys who may need help at some point during their careers Thank you for sharing your story and perspective

AF
Andrew F.

Great presentation. Very timely especially with the press about attorney substance abuse problems!!

SD
Sarah D.

A wonderful and impactful presentation.

JZ
Joann Z.

Thank you for sharing your story.

HC
Heather C.

Great story teller

SH
stephen h.

best cle yet

KR
Kevin R.

Interesting.

DH
Debra H.

Such a brave and excellent speaker. I did not take offense at her story at all; thought it was done with such grace. My best friend died from alcoholism, so I don't see this lightly. Best CLE ever. Hope to hear more from this speaker and on this or related topics.

EI
Edward I.

I wonder how many people I've looked at in my life and never really seen? Thank you counselor. This course was impossibly relevant and inspiring.

MM
M Nicole M.

Very helpful to hear the speaker's life experiences both positive and negative.

JC
Jolynn C.

I enjoyed listening to her story

PG
Phillip G.

I was so moved by this presentation that I amm contacting the Illionois Bae Assoc. to offer my services to this program

AL
Alfred L.

Excellent Course!

DS
Duane S.

Extraordinary Speaker and amazing story. Thanks for sharing.

MD
Matthew D.

Well taught and overall an interesting topic.

CG
Charles G.

Very courageous woman. Good presentation

MP
Mary P.

I found this so helpful-basically just motivation to face and overcome obstacles. The speaker's experience was so valuable.

SH
Steven H.

For anyone suffering or knows someone suffering from addiction, WATCH THIS NOW. there is help. there is hope....

DH
Dem H.

I was not sure where this program was going at first but it ended up being a very powerful program.

LA
Louis t. A.

Don't change a word!

RP
Ralph P.

Compelling material.

KD
Kathleen D.

EXCELLENT

SE
Shaun E.

very inspiring

EC
Ethan C.

Would have liked some more time for the slides, but this was a very good course that touches on a "nasty" topic that affects a heck of a lot of attorneys. Great job here...

NT
Nytasha T.

Good to have statistics from such a recent study

SC
Shelby C.

Gripping and eye opening.

LD
Luann D.

Excellent speaker, excellent program and inspiring story of recovery

HM
Harmony M.

brave woman to share such personal struggles! Our profession needs help and more people like Laurie.

CS
Clarence S.

Excellent presentation, very informative.

SG
susan g.

I thought Laurie Besden was fantastic and she has really paid it forward with her work.

TR
Tamber R.

Very informative.

GR
Gerard R.

An incredibly moving program and very educational

DD
Daniel D.

Wow! What a powerful story, great program, and incredible speaker.

JB
Janine B.

Very brave woman, very moving presentation. Should be mandatory for every attorney in the U.S.

JS
Jaimison S.

Excellent

NF
Nathaniel F.

Excellent presentation on a much needed topic.

LP
Lawrence P.

Excellent information & advice.

PS
Paul S.

Laurie had a powerful and moving story about addiction and recovery. Well worth listening to and learning from her experience.

LW
Lexi W.

Outstanding program. Seminars like this one are the reason I chose Lawline.

JB
Jesse B.

This is a seminar that every attorney should be required to watch.

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