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Don't Give Up Five Minutes Before the Miracle (Update)

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Produced on April 09, 2019

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Course Information

Time 64 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Categories Ethics

Course Description

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.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the disease and recovery of addiction
  2. Recognize the direct and indirect impact that substance use or mental health disorders has on every single person
  3. Appreciate the prevalence of substance use and mental health disorders in the US legal industry
  4. Identify resources that are available and understand that there is always hope

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit

Lawline reports attorney attendance in select states. View more about CLE reporting .

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

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J Thomas S.

Evert attorney needs to see this one.

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Beverly R.

Very compelling speaker.

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Lloyd G.

This was outstanding and moving. Great job.

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marc d.

She is easy to listen to

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Dennis S.

Amazing and effective lecturer. She really has lived it. Congrats to her.

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Erin W.

very compelling - best course I've attended so far.

RC
Robert C.

Amazing - Absolutely Amazing! Thank you!

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Edgar R.

Amazing. Thank you from a friend of Bill.

LD
Lori D.

Excellent program about an often overlooked problem in the profession.

LL
Laurie L.

This is one of the best Lawline presentations I have ever watched. Thank you so very much to Ms. Besden for her message.

JA
Joanne A.

Excellent and insightful course

WB
William B.

Wonderful program. Thanks to the speaker for being such an exemplary role model.

WW
William W.

Great presentation. Very inspiring personal story.

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Noelle O.

Wonderful program!

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Karla J.

This was the best CLE I have ever attended. Thank you for sharing your life story in an effort to help others.

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Regan F.

her personal experience added depth and meaning to the message

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Marc N.

This was absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing your story. So powerful and full of hope. An amazing resource for attorneys, or anyone!

JM
Jeffrey M.

Astounding, riveting... words cannot describe.

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Emi K.

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.

RU
Rachel U.

Great course! Important topic, and she was an excellent speaker.

RH
Robert H.

Very compelling.

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Bradley M.

Thank you.

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Maria Chiara C.

Amazing program!

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Naomi C.

Will recommend to other lawyers, thanks.

KC
Kara C.

Best CLE I've ever watched. Thank you for the honesty and compassion to help others.

ML
Michael L.

Good stuff!

LM
Lauren M.

Excellent presentation with information we all need to have as lawyers and community members.

MW
Michael W.

Incredible success story. I really enjoyed this CLE.

RV
Rebecca V.

What a wonderful, moving program. Thank you so much for producing it.

TB
Tim B.

Moving. Excellent source material. Scary as hell.

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Brandon S.

Awesome! Should be required for yearly CLE requirements. Extremely important and timely subject matter.

BD
Brett D.

Amazing presentation!!

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Eric Z.

great presentation, the personal experiences were informative, thanks for sharing

DS
Derek S.

Great program!

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Victoria S.

Presentation was very good. Her story is very compelling and it is a critical message.

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Robert C.

Truly inspiring. Thank you.

MP
Michelle P.

Fantastic program!

JW
Jodi W.

Laurie is an amazing speaker and advocate. This is the best CLE I have ever participated in to date.

CD
Carolyn D.

Great presenter, who provided a lot of food for thought and tangible resources.

JW
Joel W.

Opened my eyes to what's going on in the legal industry.

DM
Dawn M.

THis program has motivated me to learn more about programs offered in NY.

CR
Charles R.

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.

RP
Richard P.

Well done.

DK
Denise K.

Very interesting and effective. Not preachy.

KM
Kevin M.

Thanks.

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Karen D.

The best CLE in this area I’ve ever listened to. Worth every penny!!! Thank you!!

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Daniel L.

This was the best CLE I've watched relating to substance abuse, or any other CLE topic. highly recommend this program.

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Lisa W.

Thank you.

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Cynthia H.

Thank you.

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Maria P.

The speak was fenomenal! Great CLE, thank you very much!

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David Y.

Great program.

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Janine R.

Great presentation!!

JW
Jeffrey W.

Best CLE I ever watched.

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Michael A.

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.

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Lamont E.

Excellent program

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Selma A.

WOW!

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Chris R.

Amazing and inspiring seminar.

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Michaella L.

This was one of the best substance abuse courses I have taken since becoming a lawyer. She should do more presentations/courses.

CD
Catherine D.

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.

JH
Joel H.

She was a great speaker. This has been by far a favorite speaker and great information. Thank you for putting this out there.

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anne S.

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.

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G. Christine P.

Compelling, insightful, masterful and over much too quickly for me. She's wonderful.

JH
Jonathan H.

Compelling story

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Sharon P.

Excellent!

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Henry J.

The presentation was very powerful and effective.

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Tom O.

Wow! Everyone should see this.

LH
Laura H.

Best presentation on Substance Abuse I have ever seen.

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Mary H.

Inspirational and impactful.

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