On Demand Audio

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

(1k+ reviews)

Produced on April 09, 2019

Taught by
$ 79 Ethics In Stock
Get started now

$299 / year - Access to this Course and 1,500+ Lawline courses

or

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

After completing this course, Lawline will report your attendance information to {{ accredMasterState.state.name }}. Please ensure your license number is filled out in your profile to ensure timely reporting. For more information, see our {{ accredMasterState.state.name }} CLE Requirements page . After completing this course, {{ accredMasterState.state.name }} attorneys self-report their attendance and CLE compliance. For more information on how to report your CLE courses, see our {{ accredMasterState.state.name }} CLE Requirements FAQ .

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

DG
Daniel G.

Laurie was outstanding. This should be required of every lawyer and law student in law school in their first year. Excellent job!!!

RA
Robert A.

Amazing, Amazing. Thanks for Sharing!

NM
Nella M.

excellent speaker

SA
Steve A.

Love the dog photo.

BH
Benjamin H.

Great presentation.

DB
Diann B.

Excellent speaker. Gave me some valuable insights on how to deal with people in active addiction.

TH
Tina H.

Very good information and raising awareness.

NM
Nancy M.

Terrific presentation

AG
Anthony G.

Learned a lot.

LC
Leslie C.

Unexpected! But very glad that I listened.

CM
CEOLA M.

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.

SA
Sharron A.

Amazing.

CT
Charles T.

Such an unusual course but so important. What a magnificent woman she is. Probably the best Lawline presentation I have ever seen

CC
Charles C.

Great speaker

SH
Steven H.

That was outstanding!

MP
Michael P.

Compelling Story

IK
Ian K.

Powerful!!

SR
Shelly Ann R.

Tremendous class

TL
Todd L.

Timely. Thank you.

EA
Elena A.

Very informative!

SM
Sarah M.

Well done!

KW
Kenneth W.

A sobering yet informative presentation.

CL
Christy L.

Best course yet! Sharing your real story will help save lives. Thank you!

TC
Timothy C.

Outstanding presentation. Thank you

DP
DEBORAH P.

Your story is so compelling. Thank you.

CR
Charlene R.

The speaker was very engaging and interesting. The information that she shared about herself was surprising but her honesty was greatly appreciated.

RH
Robin H.

Inspiring!

AL
Amanda L.

I really liked the speaker's personal story.

HZ
Herbert Z.

Terrific presentation. One every lawyer should hear.

JS
Jeremy S.

Been there lived that. Thank you for sharing.

JM
James M.

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!

EG
Earl G.

Really excellent program from the heart. We all know that person who needs for us not to give up. Thanks for the reminder!

RL
Ryan L.

Laurie is the best speaker I've seen on Lawline. More ethics courses like this are highly encouraged.

CO
Catherine O.

Truly inspirational...

MG
Michael G.

Powerful message

MK
Marisa K.

Excellent!

MM
Michael M.

Very interesting

PM
Patricia M.

Great title and extremely powerful message.

RM
Rose M.

Great program.

MR
Mike R.

One of the best programs I've followed on Lawline. Engrossing.

JU
Jean U.

Love this gal!!

JF
Jennifer F.

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.

JM
JC M.

Great course

JT
Jeffrey T.

The first-person nature of the presentation made it particularly compelling.

CB
Carrie B.

The personal story adds a lot to drive home the points.

DW
daniel w.

thank you!

AV
angela v.

Thank you and may God continue to bless you!

SM
Susan M.

Jaw dropping statistics and narrative. Thank you for sharing.

SN
Stephen N.

Highly recommend

LW
Larry W.

Great presentation.

RW
Rhonda G. W.

Superb program that all members of the bar should watch.

AS
Adam S.

excellent

KK
Karen K.

Easy listen, she was engaging and so honest with her story.

CB
Christopher B.

Great presentation. Very forthcoming and powerfully potent! Thank you

ED
Evan D.

Of the ten or so Lawline courses I've seen this one was the best by far, thank you!

CS
Cynthia S.

May be best SA CLE I have ever attended

BC
Brett C.

Excellent presentation and a great insight into addiction .

VW
Valerie W.

Excellent!!

MG
Michael G.

Incredible Story and Presentation. Thanks so much for sharing your journey.

SF
Susana F.

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.

EF
Elizabeth F.

Excellent personal story - thank you for sharing!

TM
THOMAS M.

Poignant!

GR
Gregory R.

Very inspirational story.

AF
Allen F.

Congratulations to the speaker LB

DB
Don B.

Really good program with an important message.

CL
cheryl l.

Great

HM
Hwesu M.

Wow!

AS
Assly S.

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.

JL
Jilma L.

This is the most inspiring presentation that I have ever seen. Thank you!

SR
Steven R.

Amazing presentation. It brought to mind a favorite saying of my father: “Where there’s life, there’s hope.”

JT
James T.

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!

SS
Stacy S.

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.

MB
Megan B.

Thank you!

CN
Clifford N.

This lady's testimony provided one of the best CLE programs I've ever experienced. Thank you!

RT
Rita T.

Wow!

KR
Kelvin R.

Very inspiring story!

RB
Rochel B.

Surprisingly disturbing, yet very informative.

RN
Robert N.

excellent

AO
Ardra O.

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.

ES
Ed S.

brutally honest and eye-opening

MB
Mark B.

One of the best courses and speakers Lawline has presented.

RS
Rena S.

So powerful. I had no idea those resources existed specifically for lawyers.

DH
Dwight H.

Excellent presentation

CG
Charles G.

Great course. The instructor seemed very sincere about her desire to help attorneys overcome substance abuse.

CH
Collin H.

This should be required viewing for all attorneys.

WM
Willard M.

great subject matter. Very relevant

JH
Jamie H.

Fantastic presentation.

WS
Walter S.

I loved this presentation. Best Lawline course I've taken.

AB
Amy B.

Very compelling and very helpful. I applaud the presenter on her courage and strength to candidly share her story.

JG
Jennifer G.

Great program - impactful & informative

LP
Larry P.

Compelling communication. Very useful.

PK
Peter K.

Outstanding!

SC
Sharon Ann C.

Amazing presentation

FP
Frederick P.

Wow. Terrific and important presentation. Well done.

SL
Sandra L.

Fascinating journey of the instructor.

BB
Belinda B.

Very important topic

RC
Richard C.

Wonderful program. Should be shown to everyone, everywhere. And not just lawyers.

DC
Diane C.

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.

BJ
Billy J.

Simply amazing. She is a wonderful spokesperson for work that desperately needs to be done. Thank you for having her.

RC
REX C.

Impactfull

DB
Dianna B.

Excellent presentation

KK
Kristie K.

Thank you.

TU
troy u.

a must see

JS
J Thomas S.

Evert attorney needs to see this one.

BR
Beverly R.

Very compelling speaker.

LG
Lloyd G.

This was outstanding and moving. Great job.

MD
marc d.

She is easy to listen to

DS
Dennis S.

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

EW
Erin W.

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

RC
Robert C.

Amazing - Absolutely Amazing! Thank you!

ER
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.

NO
Noelle O.

Wonderful program!

KJ
Karla J.

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

RF
Regan F.

her personal experience added depth and meaning to the message

JM
Jeffrey M.

Astounding, riveting... words cannot describe.

EK
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.

BM
Bradley M.

Thank you.

MC
Maria Chiara C.

Amazing program!

NC
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.

BS
Brandon S.

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

BD
Brett D.

Amazing presentation!!

EZ
Eric Z.

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

DS
Derek S.

Great program!

VS
Victoria S.

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

RC
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.

KD
Karen D.

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

DL
Daniel L.

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

LW
Lisa W.

Thank you.

CH
Cynthia H.

Thank you.

MP
Maria P.

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

DY
David Y.

Great program.

JR
Janine R.

Great presentation!!

JW
Jeffrey W.

Best CLE I ever watched.

MA
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.

LE
Lamont E.

Excellent program

SA
Selma A.

WOW!

RR
R. Christopher R.

Amazing and inspiring seminar.

ML
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.

AS
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.

GP
G. Christine P.

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

JH
Jonathan H.

Compelling story

SP
Sharon P.

Excellent!

HJ
Henry J.

The presentation was very powerful and effective.

TO
Tom O.

Wow! Everyone should see this.

LH
Laura H.

Best presentation on Substance Abuse I have ever seen.

MH
Mary H.

Inspirational and impactful.

Load More