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.
kudos to the speaker for being so vulnerable. thank you
Definitely the best ethics CLE, and close to the best CLE period.
Wow! I picked this topic because the title intrigued me. This was a very powerful and compelling presentation. Bravo to the presenter who has the courage to tell her story, and inspire others to seek help.
THIS ONE IS A 10!!! The reality, the truth, the honesty... This one should be REQUIRED. Thank you, Ms. Besden!
The program was extremely well done and full of useful information/resources, too. I was very inspired by Ms. Besden's story. I'm grateful for the work she is doing.
Incredibly effective and relevant presentation - thank you!
Based on Real experience
The presenter was over the top with the personal hour long life story. Her situation was tragic, and I am glad she overcame the issues.
what a great program because of her story.
Excellent. Very important
While I do not have an additiction, just watching these stories during the COVID-19 pandemic and after I dealt with a string of mentally unstable or narcissistic lawyers was really helpful to me. Laurie's CLE's are entertaining, informative, but what makes them great is she is providing peer support, and that's something we as lawyers all need more of.
grateful for her recovery
Mesmerizing - excellent.
Important topic for everyone, but especially for lawyers. She’s a great presenter and a hopeful example for people trapped in addiction. Wish she’d focused a bit more on ways to AVOID falling into the prison of addiction, but good message for those who have already succumbed, or those around an addict. And that’s all of us, isn’t it.
I have been an attorney for over 50 years and this was the Best substance abuse presentation I have ever seen; amazing how good it was to be online;
Engaging speaker that puts herself out there to connect with the audience.
Really great course!
Thank you for sharing your story and bringing awareness to our stressful field. I feel equipped and ready to help save a life if and when the time arises.
Really great presentation. Thank you for sharing your story.
Really exceptional program and compelling message!
Engaging and compelling presentation.
Terrific program by a speaker who walked the walk! If you’ve ever wondered about nature of addiction, her first hand story will inform you.
She is so impressive and an excellent speaker.
This presentation was very interesting.
Very refreshing, non-confrontational look at addiction. Unlike other presenters, this person clearly knew her stuff. Thank you.
Thank you for the personal testimonial. Very moving.
Inspirational presentation! This was the most informative and honest CLE that I’ve ever heard.
One of the very best CLE's I have heard in twenty-six years of law practice. Very powerful and impactful. Thank you so much!
Your course was very thoughtful and honest. I found it worthwhile. I wish that attorney regulation had a greater sense of empathy for attorneys who have similar problems with alcohol and addiction. Thanks!
So good. Really one of the best I’ve heard.
This was excellent
This was an amazing presentation!!
Laurie- Loved the update, engaging, informative and life saving!
This is the absolute best presentation on this subject matter I have ever watched.
Speaker was terrific..
Very engaging and informative!
Appreciated her ability to be transparent and genuine.
Great encouraging and informative presentation and content. Would strongly recommend to a colleague or friend.
Absolutely outstanding. Best CLE on this topic I have seen.
This is arguably one of the most valuable continuing education presentations across all of the professions. Bravo, Laurie!
I hate substance abuse seminars because I don't have a substance abuse problem. However, I liked this one's focus on recognizing problems other lawyers/people may be having and trying to help them, especially the right way to do an intervention.
Thank you so much for sharing this important program.
I don't recall a program like this when I entered law school U of AZ, it would have been good
May be the best online CLE course I've ever watched!
She has a great and inspiring story.
Very helpful and eye opening. I had no idea about the prevalence and assistance available. Thank you.
The best presentation I have seen on this subject.
An unusual story.
The presenter for this presentation was exceptional. It is likely easier to be as passionate and off the cuff as she was since she lived the story and is so very moved by the difficulties we face in our profession with trying to balance life and work. I would highly recommend making this presentation free to every Bar in the state to show them the quality of content and help that Lawline can provide the particular state’s lawyers. So many CLEs do not really help improve our livelihood. This program has no doubt saved and helped lawyers get enough courage to get help or to gain enough self awareness to know that they need help. Thank you to the presenter for her presentation and passion towards helping others.
Thankfully, none of this has ever been a part of my world but I’m glad to now have an awareness of the magnitude of this curse.
A very compelling story and a hopeful message - thank you!
Presenter was outstanding
Knowledgeable , realistic and empathetic presenters who force one to consider the road less traveled and the results.
Extremely compelling and interesting presentation with something for everyone to learn.
Very compelling speaker
I don’t have a diction but I have it in my family. You were spot on and I learn something from you. Absolutely fantastic course. I think you should become a hairdresser that does this outreach!
Great course, held may attention the entire 1 hour an 4 minutes.
That was remarkable. Thank you so much.
Single best CLE I’ve ever attended. Thank you for sharing your story
Excellent presentation - one of the best I have seen on substance abuse.
Excellent and authentic
One of my favorites!!
Best presentation I have watched from your company. Was great info.
incredible story well presented
ABSOLUTELY HEARTFELT, INFORMATIVE AND HELPFUL PRESENTATION!
The instructor, Ms. Besden, was superb ! Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your journey.
Presenter's personal experience was very compelling. Thank you for sharing your experience and for what you do everyday to help others who struggle with addiction.
Very insightful and educational
thank you !
thank you for sharing your story with us!
Excellent! One of the best
Powerful presentation. Such courage and strength is to be commended and respected!
Appreciated the bluntness of the speaker.
Laurie was outstanding. This should be required of every lawyer and law student in law school in their first year. Excellent job!!!
Amazing, Amazing. Thanks for Sharing!
Love the dog photo.
Excellent speaker. Gave me some valuable insights on how to deal with people in active addiction.
Very good information and raising awareness.
Learned a lot.
Unexpected! But very glad that I listened.
I wasn't sure what the program was about but he title intrigued me. I'm glad I watched it -- it was insightful and very inspiring. Thank you for being so transparent.
Such an unusual course but so important. What a magnificent woman she is. Probably the best Lawline presentation I have ever seen
That was outstanding!
Timely. Thank you.
A sobering yet informative presentation.
Best course yet! Sharing your real story will help save lives. Thank you!
Outstanding presentation. Thank you
Your story is so compelling. Thank you.
The speaker was very engaging and interesting. The information that she shared about herself was surprising but her honesty was greatly appreciated.
I really liked the speaker's personal story.
Terrific presentation. One every lawyer should hear.
Been there lived that. Thank you for sharing.
Laurie - Thank you for sharing your story and thanks too for the help you're giving others. You gave a great presentation and hopefully the Governor's pardon is right around the corner. Take care!
Really excellent program from the heart. We all know that person who needs for us not to give up. Thanks for the reminder!
Laurie is the best speaker I've seen on Lawline. More ethics courses like this are highly encouraged.
Great title and extremely powerful message.
One of the best programs I've followed on Lawline. Engrossing.
Love this gal!!
She was really riveting. I tried to multi-task but I ended up just consumed with her story. What a brave woman to come forward with her story.
The first-person nature of the presentation made it particularly compelling.
The personal story adds a lot to drive home the points.
Thank you and may God continue to bless you!
Jaw dropping statistics and narrative. Thank you for sharing.
Superb program that all members of the bar should watch.
Easy listen, she was engaging and so honest with her story.
Great presentation. Very forthcoming and powerfully potent! Thank you
Of the ten or so Lawline courses I've seen this one was the best by far, thank you!
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
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.