We have all heard substance abuse presentations that give you statistics and facts about lawyers who drink. But what about those in the legal system who must deal with the substance-impaired attorney who does not voluntarily seek nor feel compelled to get help? What should an attorney do if he reasonably believes that opposing counsel’s handling of litigation or a deal is affected by problems with substance abuse? What is the client’s role in addressing such a situation? What can or should a judge do when faced with a lawyer whom she believes is impaired on the day trial is set to start? What is a junior attorney to do when lead trial counsel goes missing on the day of trial and substance abuse is suspected?
This program addresses these provocative questions and discusses the applicable laws and rules of professional conduct that may apply.
However, as impairment can also be the product of mental illness (which strikes people of all ages, genders, and professions) this program also discusses how mental illness can compromise the ability to render legal services competently. It provides tips to recognizing symptomology of mental illness and substance, dealing with them in the practice of law and various methods of prevention.
I. Spot signs of substance abuse and mental impairment both on the job and after hours
II. Identify legal and practical ways to deal with impaired legal professionals
III. Grasp ethical rules and standards for working with impaired employees in the workplace
IV. Gain familiarity with substances most commonly abused and how to detect warning signs
Wendy L. Patrick is a San Diego County Deputy District Attorney named by her peers as one of the Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript and one of San Diego’s Super Lawyers. She has completed over 150 trials ranging from serial stalking, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder.
In her current assignment in the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division, Ms. Patrick prosecutes sexually violent predators, human traffickers, rapists, and child molesters. She is the team leader in charge of the sexually violent predator cases her office handles, and Co-Chair of the statewide California District Attorneys Association Sexually Violent Predator Committee and Human Trafficking Committee.
Ms. Patrick speaks to community groups, law enforcement organizations, and a wide variety of legal and educational institutions both nationally and internationally about the prevalence and methodology of sexual predators and human traffickers, and how to increase public awareness and take steps to protect the community. Her doctoral thesis for her PhD focused on research into the psychology of attraction as used to seduce victims and their families.
Ms. Patrick has taught human trafficking throughout the United States as well as in Hong Kong and South Korea. She has been involved locally with the San Diego Domestic Violence Council, the San Diego Child Protection Team, and the Sexual Assault Response Team, from whom she received the SART Response with a Heart Award based on her significant contribution to the professional field of sexual assault prosecution.
On a personal note, Ms. Patrick holds a purple belt in Shorin-Ryu karate, is a concert violinist with the La Jolla Symphony, and plays the electric violin professionally with a rock band, performing both locally and in Hollywood.
Very good program.
I LOOOOVE THIS TEACHER!!! PHENOMENAL!!! SHOULD HAVE HER OWN SHOW!!!
discussion of the Model Rules was helpful, DUI information was not known, learned new things
Listened to through the app, which is fantastic and loved the ability to view the synced slides. The program itself was very candid and relevant to me on a personal and professional level.
I am a new customer of Lawline, and I have been very impressed by your customer service. Particularly Jay and Brett, in the last 2 days, have been most helpful.
Fantastic! There need to be more seminars like this one.
One of the better ones to date
excellent presentation, Wendy
Interesting on the required vs. recommended disclosure of other lawyer's conduct. Never thought of it that way.
Great Lecture. Ms. Patrick is a great lecturer.
very informative very easy to follow
Excellent CLE. Very informative.
The presenter used excellent examples
good presentation on a topic that could have been tedious
Excellent presentation of the intricacies of this issue!
The issue of substance abuse is so pervasive, and I appreciated that the presenter gave many examples of how to help or report abuse by a colleague if necessary.
The instructor was personable and informative. She did a very good job.
The speaker was clear and engaging. Her examples and explanations of the rules and how the interact was great.
Surprisingly good, entertaining and well presented.
I liked how this was structured to focus on what do do if you suspect substance abuse is happening, and what the rules are.
Really enjoyed it.
Good presentation. Interesting and relevant.
Best CLE speaker I've heard yet
really great speaker!
The Speaker was very effective and knew how to make this subject interesting. Thank you!
Good substance abuse presentation!
Another skillful performance by Wendy in delivering important information and inducing careful thought about a subject that is not only intellectually challenging but ethically perplexing. Great job! Thanks
Very interesting and thought provoking.
Wendy did an excellent job of approaching this topic with clarity while being easy to follow and very informational.
Presenter is quite engaging and knowledgeable.
Great and difficult program. It is extremely difficult to be certain if someone is suffering from substance abuse in a lot of cases
Material was taught in an engaging manner, kept my interest.
Fantastic presenter; loved comprehensive cobpversge of applicable rules
This was the best substance abuse presentation I've watched.
Excellent review of issues and duties of counsel
Top drawer instructor
Really good overview of the ethical issues in the areas covered.
Great speaker who held my attention well. Interesting applying the rules to case of substance abuse.
Loved the use of people from the media. Kept things relevant.
Most informative Presentation!
Good discussion of ethical rules
Nice change in the approach--it held my interest.
The analysis of attorneys' duties regarding incapacity under the model rules was excellent.
Very good speaker - knows her rules and makes it interesting
Excellent presentation that covers some very common and interesting examples.
Wendy Patrick is always good! i enjoy her seminars.
Excellent, and a fresh perspective.
Her presentations have always been very good.
Helpful to consider impact on other people
I really enjoyed the tenor of the presentation. It treated the seriousness of the subject without being sanctimonious toward people who have addictions.
Third course with her. Excellent as always!
Liked the material on senior partner issues. This is a difficult subject.
Ms. Patrick is a great speaker and holds your attention.
Ms. Patrick is an excellent instructor on both ethics and substance abuse. Very well organized and presented program.
Excellent approach to the topic!
Much more interesting than I expected. The individual examples were helpful.
Scary!! But good to shine a light on the subject!
Great course. Very informative about the rules and how they apply when it is someone else that has issues with drugs or alcohol.
a good survey of the issues
The best lawline presentation I've ever seen
i found this surprisingly interesting and substantive. Very good
very concise and informative
I'm in love
Wendy did a really fine job.
As I said earlier, she is a great speaker, and knows her topic well
Interesting new way to present the topic - great new information.
Wendy does great job. Will look for other programs done by her
interesting and informative.
best CLE presentation I have seen. Excellent tracking of RPRs during presentation. Clear, concise and interesting with a difficult topic for all attorneys. Some issues I had never thought about..
Engaging speaker. Excellent insights!
Ms. Patrick was one of the best presenters that I have seen on Lawline
Liked her speaking style and concrete examples of situations
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