In this riveting update to her original program, Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of PA Laurie Besden, Esq., shares her compelling personal story of an insatiable drug addiction. In addition, she will address shocking statistics regarding the prevalence of substance use and mental health disorders in the U.S. legal industry and provide information on how to identify and help attorneys in distress due to substance use and mental health disorders. She will also identify the resources that are available to help, including an overview of LCL services.
Join Ms. Besden for this in-depth telling of her recovery journey, including her eventual reinstatement to the practice of law.
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:
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.
May be best SA CLE I have ever attended
Excellent presentation and a great insight into addiction .
Incredible Story and Presentation. Thanks so much for sharing your journey.
Excellent! Thank you for addressing this topic, encouraging others to seek help, and educating everyone on the need to reach out to others who need help. You should have continued health and success to keep doing what you are doing.
Excellent personal story - thank you for sharing!
Very inspirational story.
Congratulations to the speaker LB
Really good program with an important message.
I loved the part at the end of this course where she gives you the LANGUAGE to use if you want to confront someone you think may be struggling. It is wonderful to have that language, a script on hand. Thank you.
This is the most inspiring presentation that I have ever seen. Thank you!
Amazing presentation. It brought to mind a favorite saying of my father: “Where there’s life, there’s hope.”
I have an adult bipolar daughter who quit taking her medication 3 years ago. Since then she's lost job after job, most of her friends, and most family members keep her at arms length. She ended up on my door step a few months ago with no where else to turn, and I've been trying to help her get stabilized. This program gave me a lot of information that I can use to help her. Thanks!
Laurie did a great job telling her personal story and giving practical advice that can help others. Really amazing how she turned her life around and is giving back to help others. Inspiring individual.
This lady's testimony provided one of the best CLE programs I've ever experienced. Thank you!
Very inspiring story!
Surprisingly disturbing, yet very informative.
WOW! This is the most compelling CLE I have watched in 23 years of practicing law, bar none. Thank you for sharing your story. You have changed so many lives -- including mine.
brutally honest and eye-opening
One of the best courses and speakers Lawline has presented.
So powerful. I had no idea those resources existed specifically for lawyers.
Great course. The instructor seemed very sincere about her desire to help attorneys overcome substance abuse.
This should be required viewing for all attorneys.
great subject matter. Very relevant
I loved this presentation. Best Lawline course I've taken.
Very compelling and very helpful. I applaud the presenter on her courage and strength to candidly share her story.
Great program - impactful & informative
Compelling communication. Very useful.
Wow. Terrific and important presentation. Well done.
Fascinating journey of the instructor.
Very important topic
Wonderful program. Should be shown to everyone, everywhere. And not just lawyers.
Her personal journey with addiction was very compelling. A great lesson for those with and without addiction problems, as statistically we all know someone who struggles and could use hlep.
Simply amazing. She is a wonderful spokesperson for work that desperately needs to be done. Thank you for having her.
a must see
Evert attorney needs to see this one.
Very compelling speaker.
This was outstanding and moving. Great job.
She is easy to listen to
Amazing and effective lecturer. She really has lived it. Congrats to her.
very compelling - best course I've attended so far.
Amazing - Absolutely Amazing! Thank you!
Amazing. Thank you from a friend of Bill.
Excellent program about an often overlooked problem in the profession.
This is one of the best Lawline presentations I have ever watched. Thank you so very much to Ms. Besden for her message.
Excellent and insightful course
Wonderful program. Thanks to the speaker for being such an exemplary role model.
Great presentation. Very inspiring personal story.
This was the best CLE I have ever attended. Thank you for sharing your life story in an effort to help others.
her personal experience added depth and meaning to the message
This was absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing your story. So powerful and full of hope. An amazing resource for attorneys, or anyone!
Astounding, riveting... words cannot describe.
This updated course is excellent. Very eye-opening and lots of helpful tips for us all, whether we suffer from similar circumstances or know someone who does.
Great course! Important topic, and she was an excellent speaker.
Will recommend to other lawyers, thanks.
Best CLE I've ever watched. Thank you for the honesty and compassion to help others.
Excellent presentation with information we all need to have as lawyers and community members.
Incredible success story. I really enjoyed this CLE.
What a wonderful, moving program. Thank you so much for producing it.
Moving. Excellent source material. Scary as hell.
Awesome! Should be required for yearly CLE requirements. Extremely important and timely subject matter.
great presentation, the personal experiences were informative, thanks for sharing
Presentation was very good. Her story is very compelling and it is a critical message.
Truly inspiring. Thank you.
Laurie is an amazing speaker and advocate. This is the best CLE I have ever participated in to date.
Great presenter, who provided a lot of food for thought and tangible resources.
Opened my eyes to what's going on in the legal industry.
THis program has motivated me to learn more about programs offered in NY.
Important, valuable content. Would not have found this course if Illinois had not changed rules to require mental health/substance abuse element. Can't help but think that your organization had something to do with the change. However it happened, I am happy it did.
Very interesting and effective. Not preachy.
The best CLE in this area I’ve ever listened to. Worth every penny!!! Thank you!!
This was the best CLE I've watched relating to substance abuse, or any other CLE topic. highly recommend this program.
The speak was fenomenal! Great CLE, thank you very much!
Best CLE I ever watched.
A scathing indictment of our over-prescribed modern world. Very moving seminar and I am grateful to the speaker for her candor and her courage.
Amazing and inspiring seminar.
This was one of the best substance abuse courses I have taken since becoming a lawyer. She should do more presentations/courses.
The most important CLE presentation for Lawyers. A must see..., this fine attorney presenter will change your life for the better with her incredible true story.
She was a great speaker. This has been by far a favorite speaker and great information. Thank you for putting this out there.
Compelling presentation and a reality check for all of us in the legal profession. Thank you for what you are doing to help attorneys everywhere.
Compelling, insightful, masterful and over much too quickly for me. She's wonderful.
The presentation was very powerful and effective.
Wow! Everyone should see this.
Best presentation on Substance Abuse I have ever seen.
Inspirational and impactful.