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Striving for a (Realistic) Attorney Work/Life Balance in 2021

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Produced on January 22, 2021

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Attorney Wellness

Course Description

We have reached that time of year again, namely, the beginning of the new year. Resolution time. Most people don’t stick to them. Research has shown that within weeks, only about 10% or so of the resolvers accomplish their resolutions—with the majority of the other resolvers abandoning them. And lawyers?? How many of us in practice do “take five”, or even four? How many don’t take anything? We feel we have to be super lawyers.

Setting and maintaining a realistic work-life balance is particularly important for attorneys. Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers.

In this informative presentation, presented by Brian Quinn of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of PA, you will gain several suggestions on how to make New Year’s resolutions stick and not fizzle out like fireworks on a rainy night. They will brighten your life and lead to a healthier you, both personally and professionally. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the early warning signs of impairment, with special emphasis on stress, burnout, and trauma, including the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Obtain new well-being strategies that really work
  3. Become familiar with the free services that Lawyers Assistance Programs provide to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students
  4. Analyze what barriers exist that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need
  5. Examine the role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession

Credit Information

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Brian S. Quinn

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc.

Brian S. Quinn, Esquire is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania who currently serves as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Lawyers concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc., a Lawyers Assistance program established in 1988 for the purpose of helping lawyers, judges and law students recover from alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health disorders.

Mr. Quinn obtained his undergraduate degree in 1970, his law degree in 1973 and a certificate in Drug and Alcohol counselling in 2012, all from Villanova University. Prior to accepting his position with Lawyers concerned for Lawyers in 2017, Mr. Quinn was engaged in private practice for nearly 40 years, handling a variety of civil and criminal matters.

Mr. Quinn has also worked in the field of Alcohol and Drug Counselling at Mirmont Treatment Center and Malvern Institute in suburban Philadelphia.

Mr. Quinn is a past member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania and served as a peer volunteer for over six years prior to accepting his current role as the organization's Educator.

As LCL's Educator, Mr. Quinn has conducted CLE presentations for Bar Associations, private law firms and professional organizations in Pennsylvania, as well as for National CLE providers, on a variety of topics in the fields of Lawyer wellness and impairment in the legal profession.


Josephine K.

Excellent and practically useful information presented with clarity understanding, and empathy. Thank you.

Kevin M.

Probably the best CLE course I have taken. Excellent job. Thank you for the course. I am sharing this with a few friends who I hope will benefit from it.

Sean S.

Very good

David W.

Excellent presentation!

Thomas F.

Brian S. Quinn, Esq. is among My GREATEST HEROES!!! Laurie Besden, TOO!!! LOVE YOU BOTH!!!!!

Emily R.

Great Course.

Jacqueline L.

Presentation was exceptional and highly engaging. I didn't feel like I was being talked at like most CLE videos.

William J. P.

Best speaker yet! Thank you.

Susan K.

Valuable perspective, great addition to courses

Alexandra A.

Excellent CLE. Very helpful, topical, and poignant for 2021.

Robert B.

Loved the history!

John J.

Great message, good presentation!

Jonathan E.

I really like this guy. I find him encouraging.

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