Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Competence in the Legal Profession

Production Date: January 12, 2018 Practice Areas: Estimated Length: 3843 minutes

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This program is presented by Will Meyerhofer, a retired corporate attorney who is now a psychotherapist in private practice and an author of books and articles about law and mental health. Will specializes in counseling attorneys struggling with career and life issues, including depression, anxiety, burnout and substance abuse, often as a result of their demanding professional lives.

The program will survey the rates of mental health and substance abuse among attorneys and the specific challenges of the legal profession, including recent developments, that may contribute to the high incidence of these issues. Attorneys will learn strategies to help combat and manage anxiety and depression, spot and address burnout, and comply with the ethical rules regarding mental issues, including handling a situation where a colleague's performance might be compromised by substance abuse.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the existing statistics around attorney mental health and substance abuse and consider their significance to the profession
  2. Discuss best practices for managing a heavy legal workload, addressing toxic stress, and ensuring competent representation
  3. Examine the reasons lawyers face high levels of stress, and how this situation may impact the future of the legal profession
Pat C.
Deer Park, IL

Sobering Topic.

Ryan N.
Emmett, ID

Very open and informative.

Jethro L.
Agoura Hills, CA

One of the best programs I have seen on this subject matter.

Andrew K.
Brea, CA

Excellent presentation.

Stephanie O.
Oakland, CA

Great presenter! Tough, "depressing" topic, but the presenter was upbeat and reassuring. Felt like an hour of therapy!

Joan L.
San Diego, CA

Amusing video. Good one to share with your kid when they say they want to go to law school. :-)

Jacqueline K.
Eliot, ME

Felt like he was telling my story ;)

Becky M.
Henderson, NC

most honest presentation on issue I have ever seen. in 35 yrs of practicing law.

Sandra N.
Cheverly, MD

I learned more about the importance of life balance as an attorney

Chris R.
Las Vegas, NV

Wish there were more seminars as helpful and informative as this one.

Justin J.
Charlotte, NC

Good background and statistics illustrating the problems. Would suggest possibly some more focus on how to address these problems personally and as a profession.

Quietta B.
Columbia, SC

Thank you!

Robert S.
Charlotte, NC

Good course and lecturer.

Kerry L.
Charlotte, NC

Really enjoyed this speaker and felt his points were spot on. Would have loved to have heard suggestions for how we can change this profession!

Angie R.
Jonesville, NC

Great presenter. This should be a required presentation for law school students and/or newly licensed lawyers. I could have done without the mention of evolution as this speaks to a personal, scientific belief and did not feel it was topically related. But overall, fantastic presentation.

Kathleen G.
Raleigh, NC

Excellent presentation. Agreed with other commenters that it would be a great add for law schools to help law students understand their vulnerabilities in the profession.

Karen T.
Leicester, NC

One of the most appropriate coursed I have taken; all lawyers should see this!

Teige W.
Lenoir, NC

This is the most honest CLE I've taken, and this presentation should be required for every entering 1L and new attorney.

James J.
New Bern, NC

Very good presentation.

Deborah T.
Las Cruces, NM

I wish I had seen this program 15 years ago. It would have been helpful to know that I wasn't the problem, I was simply surrounded by sick people.

Kathleen P.
Charlotte, NC

Pace and content were both excellent!

Denise B.
Wake Forest, NC

Very informative and should be offered especially to young lawyers and law students

Alisha W.
De Queen, AR

Really great topic that should be discussed with all lawyers (particularly new lawyers and maybe even law students).

Derek C.
Cary, NC

This was outstanding! One of the best courses I've attended. Thank you!

Dean G.
Saint Paul, MN

Absolutely terrific presentation!

David B.
Monroe, NC

Most helpful CLE in this area I've ever attended

ken b.
Charlotte, NC

good speaker

Melany B.
Weidman, MI

Will did a fantastic job. This was the best program I've watched so far.