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Sustainable Success: The Ethics of Burnout, Stress, and Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession

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Produced on March 17, 2017

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Categories Ethics

Course Description

This program, presented by Kim Nicol, J.D., outlines the key risks attorneys face that can lead to burnout, substance abuse, and malpractice. Through both cases studies and a review of the pertinent ethical rules, she explains why stress, anxiety, and burnout are so common within the legal profession, why attorneys tend to be disproportionately affected, and offers a practical approach to reduce risk to your career and health.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Become aware of problems related to substance abuse and chronic stress within the legal profession

  2. Identify the patterns that lead to high instances of substance abuse, and create a plan to address them

  3. Recognize the health risks that disproportionately affect lawyers compared to the general population

  4. Define and understand the ethical rules related to malpractice due to substance abuse issues

  5. Understand the characteristics that make you a great lawyer -- and can inadvertently lead to burnout, anxiety, and substance abuse


Credit Information

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Faculty

Kim Nicol, J.D., is an international meditation teacher and mindfulness teacher. She is known for her compassionate yet no-nonsense approach to success and for making meditation both practical and bite-size for busy, analytical thinkers.



Reviews

CQ
Claudia Q.

This was an excellent course and addressed a very important topic affecting the legal community. I really enjoyed the speaker and how she broke down the concepts in an understandable and compassionate way,

JK
Jamie K.

This was a fantastic presentation. Very relevant and I will listen again.

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Samuel R.

Great things to consider. Thanks.

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Patricia N.

Excellent presentation -Informative and helpful.

RJ
Ricardo J.

She was phenomenal!!!!

LR
Lysandra R.

Critical information. Important to have work/life balance.

MH
Monique H.

Wonderful presentation... thank you!

SS
Shannon S.

The best program I've watched.

LB
Lin B.

Good advice

AA
Allison A.

Wonderful presentation

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John S.

very helpful

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Alicia C.

Kim was a fantastic instructor. I would like to thank her for putting this course together. Probably one of the best presentation for my credit this year.

AA
Arlyn a.

Good advice. Will try to implement some in my practice.

CD
Celeste D.

Nice program, practical advice.

AC
Ashley C.

Great program. Very interesting and relevant for any lawyer feeling as if they are struggling with juggling the stress from work and home.

AV
Alberto V.

I really enjoyed this CLE given that I have been very stressed out lately and Kim's suggestions will no doubt help me in the future.

LR
Lynn R.

Very enjoyable and thought-provoking!

ED
Elizabeth D.

Very informative with helpful tips and tricks. Thank you!

RS
Robert S.

An excellent, eye-opening presentation

RC
Richard K. C.

Kim was excellent. I greatly enjoyed this program

JM
Jane M.

Important subject - interesting presenter!

PM
Patrick M.

Should be mandatory for all lawyers. Great program.

JC
Jay C.

Kim speaks to a lot of issues that attorney's struggle with. Very useful and insightful.

JG
Jerry G.

Very useful!

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Norman G.

THE best seminar I listened to from Lawline

KK
Kristine K.

Ms Nicol was really amazing. Normally I don't care for these "feel good" lectures, but she was truly effective and made a lot of sense. Additionally, she was a great speaker and delivered her message in a wonderfully caring way. Keep her on the Lawline staff!!

EP
Edward P.

This was a very good course.

HS
Herschel S.

Excellent

PS
Peter S.

very well done and a refreshing reminder to be mindful...

AP
Andrew P.

Amazing insight!

ML
Mary L.

One of the best CLE's I have watched in a while.

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Marc K.

Probably can state that this is the best course I have ever taken. I learned more about what is going on with myself than I have in 30 years of practice. This is exactly what has happened and it is if Nicol had interviewed me for her presentation and taken copious notes. Great Presentation. Awesome, if it actually helps me too that will be a lifelong benefit. Thanks for the Course!!

CO
Christian O.

Very Interesting !

LC
Louise C.

She was phenomenal. I was transformed.

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Alan T.

Loved the instructors message and delivery.

MJ
Mary J.

Best course I have seen on burnout/stress in the legal profession.

JJ
Julie J.

I've been a lawyer for 35 years. This course is one of the best I've ever taken. Please convey my appreciation to the instructor.

FM
Fred M.

excellent program

CL
Cason L.

Very good speaker. Thanks.

BP
BethAnne P.

Good topic - something attorneys usually don't address.

JC
Joseph C.

Helpful, common sense advice.

BW
Bilinda W.

Very Good!

KM
Kathleen M.

I would recommend this presentation for any professional - not just lawyers.

LJ
Leslie Ann J.

The best and most informative CLE that I have experienced for years.

LK
Lowell K.

Excellent speaker, excellent suggestions to relieve stress. Loved it.

CG
Collette G.

Great information

AM
Alicia M.

Excellent and engaging topic and speaker! She was fantastic and did a great job sharing the information.

WS
William S.

Excellent! One of the best I’ve heard!

WB
Walton B.

thanks.....web site easy to use

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Janet S.

Excellent program. I've been a lawyer for over 25 years, and this program should be mandatory. It was insightful, useful, and educational. We are no good to our clients or anyone if we are not emotionally, physically and spiritually as balanced and "sane" as we can be. This program offered effective, quick tools to "restart" our day at any moment, and to use as a maintenance program for ongoing, sustainable healthy living. Great job Ms. Nicol.

SR
Steven R.

Very good concise description.

ND
Nicole D.

great program!

SL
Shari L.

Very different and interesting CLE course

PS
Pamela S.

very helpfiul

BW
Bette W.

very well done

LG
Laura G.

Best lecture I've seen through Lawline. Really enjoyed it.

CY
Charles Y.

Very insightful.

MB
Martin B.

Brilliant presenter.

RM
Robert M.

great!

CC
Christine C.

The material and presentation were a terrific reminder that today matters, our choices today matter. Loved it!

CD
Christopher D.

Very good faculty and class

JM
John M.

A very warm and caring presenter who made me feel as though I was being talked to directly. Well done and quite helpful!

JA
JIm A.

Excellent course. Good presentation and advice.

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Allison T.

She was very knowledgeable, but the content was not what I expected.

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Neal F.

Thanks. I found it beneficial.

DK
David K.

Excellent

KL
kenneth l.

thank you

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Thomas S.

Good program for this topic - real tools for coping.

LB
Lee B.

This was a great and information CLE.

HG
Helen G.

Excellent course. I may watch it again.

DA
David A.

Tough but important neglected topic. Appropriately the speaker was calming.

MG
Marc G.

Very articular and easy to listen to. Thank you.

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Tamara T.

Kim is an excellent speaker, one of the best I have listened to in 24 years of being a lawyer!

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Shelley K.

It is always helpful to be reminded about stress management and self-improvement in our stressful profession.

AK
Andrea K.

this was this best substance abuse/mental health CLE I have ever taken, since it focused on proactive skill development!

MM
Marci M.

Great CLE!!!

DK
Daniel K.

excellent and helpful for any attorney in high stress situation

KH
Kristin H.

Good program. I usually dread these required substance abuse programs, but this was very informative and helpful. Really good suggestions for stress reduction.

SH
Shauna H.

Fantastic program and so important. I'm really glad California and other states are recognizing that wellness is essential to competence.

AO
Andrew O.

I would recommend this to certain colleagues but not others. It takes a certain type of listener and personality to be open to the message of this program.

TK
Teresa K.

This course was extremely helpful and well done. Much better than the usual courses for competence credit. I learned tips I will actually use!

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Eric T.

Best CLE I've watched in years. Thank you so much! I will be referring colleagues who are transitioning from practice to mindfulness coaching/mentoring!

BM
Bruce M.

Very timely. I identified many engine check lights, but, that the presentation also gave me some tools. Movement! Relationship. Connection. Boundaries with clients. Find my Tribe. Thanks, Ms. Nicol.

RM
Richard M.

Given the stressful nature of our profession, this course, or one substantially similar, should be required

HI
Hilary I.

I might ask Kim about doing her talk for my company's legal department.

CC
Cynthia C.

I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed the course. Learned a lot and feel relaxed.

BB
Bradley B.

good course

JH
Jill H.

very important - often ignored

HW
Harry W.

good CLE

AB
Ashley B.

Presenter used great analogies. Could have been a little more engaging but overall, very effective.

SK
Stewart K.

Thank you!

HK
harold k.

Very insightful and helpful.

JM
John M.

Kim Nicol - great presentation, very informative! Thanks!

NP
Neal P.

I will use the strategies outlined in this program to reduce harmful stress in my life

SE
Stephen E.

Great presenter...an hour on her feet without stopping, with hand movements for emphasis. Much like an appellate argument.

DB
Dwight B.

great

VW
Vickey W.

I would watch again. It was good, short sweet and to the point.

PJ
Paula J.

I liked the presenter very much. She seemed very sincere.

AM
Allan M.

Terrific and useful course.

BL
Brian L.

This CLE was very helpful in learning ways that I can improve my overall wellness.

AP
Angela P.

Kim Nicol’s presentation was excellent and should should be a requirement for all.

LH
Lance H.

Nicely organized. chalked full of info.

KW
Kelly W.

Practical tips for reducing stress. A worthwhile program.

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Thomas E.

Good course. Thank you

CK
Clifford K.

Super Course!!

KC
Kristine C.

Excellent presentation.

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Nancy P.

this should be a mandatory cle. every lawyer suffers from stress. good class.

AL
Adrienne L.

Very helpful information on stress reduction through meditation, goal setting, stepping back and reassessing.

SK
Susan K.

A must see for every lawyer and law student.

SG
Sheila G.

Great relative presentation

CB
Christopher B.

I found Ms. Nicol to be very informed on the topic of mindfulness. More important, though, she was credible. Her stories of when she was a law student and her perspective as a lawyer added a lot of substance to the issues of stresses facing attorneys, which is a very timely and important one that confronts all lawyers.

DS
Darryl S.

I enjoyed the presentation and content very much. It leaves me with a lot to think about in terms of the pressures of practicing law and how to deal with these pressures effectively.

TJ
T A J.

Well done. New and improved solutions to stress, etc. discussed.

CV
Christina V.

Really good

AH
Ajua H.

Excellent class. Wish I had heard this lecture ten years ago.

ME
Melissa E.

This was one of the best programs have watched. Not hokey or condescending or flaky, but very practical. Highly recommend.

RB
Robert B.

The presenter was well informed.

BG
Beth G.

wonderful!

JW
Jay W.

best so far. Very engaging!

KG
Kimberly G.

Calming just to listen to!!!!!

SS
Seslee S.

Kim did a great job addressing a sensitive and touchy subject among lawyers. Well done! I was dreading this CLE but in the end found it insightful and helpful to my well being and practice.

LO
Lisa O.

Excellent presentation - one of the best I have seen. This should be mandatory.

PT
Phillip T.

This is likely the best session I've ever viewed here.

JO
Jose O.

Very interesting topic. Very useful

CD
Charles D.

better than I expected

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William H.

Something I could really relate to and that other attorneys need to see as well

MW
Melissa W.

Exceptional instructor. She made a difficult topic warm and engaging. I leave with not only a better understanding of our career's pitfalls, but also with tools for the journey.

EJ
Emmett J.

This was a good course on a usually not discussed topic

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CHARLES P.

Excellent thoughtful presentation!

ZG
Zachary G.

Kim Nicol was an outstanding presenter who offered challenging but supportive questions to viewers. Thank you!

JG
James G.

This program was a wake up call.

JH
Jennifer H.

Very effective session. Thank you.

LD
Laura D.

Presenter was really great!

JD
John D.

This was a good opportunity yo reflect on the constant need for stress reduction and also support!

SG
Sara G.

Kim's recommendations about mindfulness were very useful.

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R. Christopher R.

I needed this course. If there was a way, I would spend an hour a day to try to listen to this again and remind myself.

LW
LOUIS W.

I will look to LawLine for future CLE Courses

NM
Namrata M.

What a delightful program. Great subject matter and speaker.

GS
George S.

Very helpful

NK
Nina K.

This was a great course!

DS
Dennis S.

Great presenter of an important topic.

BN
Brian N.

Instructor also discusses meditation and offers a free 30 minute consultation to people who watch this class

AM
Alexandria M.

Great topic, wish there were more on the subject.

BR
Beverly R.

Excellent presenter!

CR
Charles R.

The Presenter was excellent as was content.

LM
Lauren M.

Very articulate speaker, I enjoyed the presentation.

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