When the Impaired Lawyer Comes to Work

Production Date: July 12, 2016 Practice Areas: Ethics Estimated Length: 5740 minutes


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Addiction knows no socioeconomic boundaries. In fact, attorneys have a higher addiction rate than the general population. Studies show that at least 10% of attorneys have some substance abuse problem. Some studies suggest the number may be as high as 15%.

While addiction may know no boundaries, impaired attorneys create special challenges. Attorneys may be more resistant to change because of the fear of losing control (even when they are already out of control). They also often have more difficulty asking for help.

However, we cannot be afraid to confront them. Because of their positions, they can wreak havoc. Substance abuse is one of the top causes of malpractice. Further, attorneys who abuse substances often abuse the staff who work for them, exposing the employer to employment claims.

Yet, confronting professionals is not risk free either. The ADA makes direct confrontations of lawyers (who are employees) dicey. Ironically, the “regarded as” prong of the ADA may be used to challenge kind-hearted and factually-accurate interventions.

This program focuses on the persistent problem of substance abuse in our profession and how to balance the various rights and risks. The program discusses some of the more salient issues from 3 perspectives: the employer or law firm, the impaired attorney and by-standers who may want to help but are not sure what to do. Ethical issues that surround workplace substance also are explored.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Appreciate the scope and impact of the problem of substance abuse in the legal profession

II.    Understand the rights, risks, and responsibilities of firms and other employers in addressing actual or potential abuse

III.   Develop strategies for getting help, or for helping a colleague get help

Pamela B.
Rohnert Park, CA

Very well done. A well organized and presented lectur.

Reesa H.
Houston, TX

This speaker took a fairly heavy topic and made it interesting and informative.

Robert H.
Martinez, CA

Very thorough and informative. Great speaker.

Nadia G.
Las Vegas, NV

This was great but the one with Wendy Patrick Lawyers on the Rocks was FANTASTIC! I watched that even though I dont get state credit for it. This was ok too.

Becky M.
Henderson, NC

Excellent presenter!

Karen K.
Santa Barbara, CA

This was interesting material.

Jose F.
columbia, SC

Excellent presentation and very effective speaker.

Patrick D.
New York, NY

Wow! This guy is fabulous! This is an extremely important topic and this course should be mandatory. He went beyond the legal aspects and gave lots of practical advice. Well done.

Jessica K.
Laguna Beach, CA

Great presentation; thanks!

David M.
Manhattan, NY

Well presented and informative.

Monica D.
East Meadow, NY

Attorney was knowledgeable and relatable

Jeffrey K.
melville, NY

Fabulous presenter. He really knows what he is talking about.

Maria D.
Lafayette, CA

Unique and comprehensive topic. I liked it

Peter A.
Columbia, MD

Another example of a highly expert lawyer who is not trading on arrogance, but sincerely interested in communicating risks involved (on both sides) in dealing with various forms of abuse. Thanks.

Eric P.
Nutley, NJ

Great info on ADA as it relates to drug or alcohol problems

Amanda H.
San Jose, CA

very constructive--clear, matter-of-fact and solution-oriented

Steve S.
delray beach, FL

Good info

Thom G.
Wilmington, NC

Great course!


Compassionate concern about subject.

Ann P.
Seattle, WA

Good speaker who covered the area well and demonstrated compassion for affected employee/partner as well as protection for clients/firm in this sticky area.

Merry B.
Tacoma, WA

Great information for a subject which normally is avoided. Really appreciate the care and knowledge put into this presentation. Was great as an audio course!

Joseph H.
Cranston, RI

Good speaker

Craig F.
Basking Ridge, NJ

Clearly a very bright lawyer

Diane P.
Portland, OR

Excellent. Very helpful.

Arthur M.
Malibu, CA

Excellent presentation. Interesting and engaging. Great job!

Anne S.
Wilmette, IL

interesting and thoughtful--Mr. Segal has an engaging way of discussing this topic.

george h.
Crawfordville, FL

In my opinion this course was well-presented.

Barbara B. C.
Ridgewood, NJ

The speaker was very informative and interesting..

Joseph A.
Baltimore, MD

Informative presentation.

Kamran M.
Scarsdale, NY

Excellent presentation. Very effective speaker.

Gary A.
Marietta, GA

Great job.

Sarah D.
Holland, OH


Joseph F.
Manhattan, NY

great speaker

Jeffrey B.
Carle Place, NY


Marla W.
Charlotte, NC

very comprehensive

Kristine C.
Dubuque, IA

Excellent, compassionate speaker who knows his subject matter. Engaging. He gets 5s in every category from me.

Vanna W.
Rocky Mount, NC

Very informative presentation

Corey E.
Renton, WA

Thank you.

Paul M.
Albany, OR

This was one of the best presenters I've seen on lawline.

Michael L.
Pittsburgh, PA

The presenter was very knowledgeable and provided a balanced view of the risks.

Gregory S.
Fayetteville, NY

Very good presentation

Gary B.
philadelphia, PA

very informative and insightful

Dean G.
Saint Paul, MN

Very nicely done -- much more interesting than one would expect from the subject title.

Kathleen B.
Canby, OR

This was a top-notch informative presentation with great examples!

Thomas M.
Alexandria, VA

Best CLE class I have taken this year One extremely good point for Virginia attorneys regarding intervention. TGM

Louis D.
Washington, DC

This course is excellent. It deals with issues of impairment that we all face in our careers. I wish I had seen this while dealing with this at my firm. It is compassionate while outlining the real issues that one faces in dealing with this problem.

Chris K.
Houston, TX

Good practical suggestions, especially concerning interventions.

Taylor B.
Arlington, VA

Great course!

John K.
Athens, OH

Well done.

Senna A.
Springfield, VA

Great presentation on a situation that is far too common these days. He makes several excellent points, most important in my opinion is that lawyers are not experts in the fields of medicine and addiction. So we should not pretend to be!

Ross A.
Richmond, VA

Excellent and engaging speaker.

Jamila G.
High Point, NC

great job! very interesting topic. very engaging presenter.

Dennis S.
Bedford, NY

Gave me very useful information on an area I knew nothing about before this course.

Jo M.
Abingdon, VA

Very knowledgeable and helpful presenter!

Nathaniel F.

Excellent course. Should be mandatory for all professionals.

Betsy S.
Ventura, CA

Very informative and helpful. All attorneys would benefit from this CLE. I will recommend.

Cathie H.
Mechanicsville, VA

Excellent presenter!

Elizabeth F.
Alexandria, VA

Segal is wonderful

Ariel P.
New York, NY

A very clear and organized presentation.

Lisa O.
Quincy, IL

Great presentation with many practical suggestions.

Richard m.
Manhattan, NY

Reality check about an important topic that is often ignored. The speaker gave concrete advice for real life situations

Bruce R.
deerfield, IL

Great presentation! Did nice job a laying out diliemmas e.g. intervention v. non-interveniton

Nazar K.
New York, NY

Very thorough course.

L. Obii A.
Houston, TX

Very helpful and informative. Thanks

Melissa P.
Cary, NC

Really thought content was informative and substantive and lecturer presented the information very well.

Josh N.
Boca Raton, FL

A much more substantive course than expected. Definitely an important course to sensitize oneself to the application of the ADA.

Julia R.
Seattle, WA

This covered more than I expected and was quite interesting.

Henry Q.
Wheaton, IL

Great program. Speaker appeared very passionate about the subject matter.

Chris R.
Las Vegas, NV

Fantastic seminar on an extremely important topic.

Jeffrey S.
Plainfield, IL

Covered a tough topic very well.

Janice G.
Cleveland, OH

Excellent course--very informative and well-presented.

Judith T.
Missouri City, TX

If the rating scale went higher, I would give him all 5s. Excellent presentation in every way.

Kylee G.
Stow, OH

This presentation was *very* well done.

Steven G.

Good speaker

Dave M.
Duluth, MN

Excellent presenter, good materials supplemented with real world experience in this difficult realm.

Nathaniel B.
New York, NY

Really good speaker

John C.
Piney View, WV

This was very well done, and I appreciate the holistic perspective.

Joanna S.
Brooklyn, NV

good program and great practical tips

Jonathan A.

Great speaker, covered multiple angles and potential issues with the solution pathways

Sandra L.
Pasadena, CA

On of the best presentations I have watched so far, the presenter was excellent.

Marie F.
Philadelphia, PA

Excellent course - very useful in today's environment.

arthur s.
renton, WA

very complicated issues involved. I am glad I watched this seminar

Robert E.
Rio Frio, TX

Very informative

Rory M.
Kelso, WA

This speaker was excellent

Kirk L.
Black Mountain, NC


Charles C.
Brady, TX

More complicated than I thought, good to know!

Robert G.
Inola, OK

I appreciated the practical as well as the legal comments. Few provide actual world experience and results. Helpful.

Daniel C.
Oakton, VA

Great instructor

Karen T.
Phoenix, AZ

the best speaker i have watched so far

Susanne V.
Warrenville, IL

I found this presentation very valuable. The information was relevant. The presenter was knowledgeable and personable (not pretentious--some presenters come off that way), presented extremely well, gave lots of examples and delivered practical information applicable to not just to law firm professionals, but useful for in-house counsel who have non-legal employees. So, not only was the material useful for ethics purposes, but provided some good substantive information about FMLA & ADA. What I think I liked most was that he provided tools and good, practical advice on how to potentially address these difficult situations, touching on some do's and don'ts.

debra t.
West Chicago, IL

excellent speaker, thorough coverage of issue.

Jennie C.
Minneapolis, MN

Well done.

Eric S.
Los Angeles, CA

The presenter approached the topic with a mix of empathy and pragmatism. Excellent course.

Karen G.
Clifton Park, NY

I learned alot about substance abuse and the workplace

Christine R.
Algonquin, IL

very insightful and topical as well

Saul G.
Purchase, NY

Well balanced presentation.

Edward F.
Moorestown, NJ

Great Presentation. Very informative.

Louise B.
Aroma Park, IL

Very thorough and informative

Harrison B.
Jeffersonton, VA

Practical and thoughtful approach to employees with substance abuse problems in the workplace.

Rosario P.
Oak Park, IL


randal m.
Dallas, TX

This was excellent. Our office does a lot of mental health related work. It was nice to hear someone who was both informed and kind. Thank you

Audrey B.
Littleton, CO

Very helpful presentation.

James M.
Queens, NY

Good work!

Luann D.
Florence, KY

One of the better seminars I have participated in. Very knowledgeable speaker

James T.
Austin, TX

This guy was great

Elizabeth K.
Cleveland, OH

Excellent presentation

Louis D.
Phoenix, AZ

Very pragmatic approach!

Donna L.
Corpus Christi, TX

Excellent, thought-provoking discussion of a difficult topic.

John C.
Dallas, TX

very thoughtful presentation

Amelia J.
Pittsburgh, PA

Great topic and presentation.

John A.
Winnsboro, TX

Rife with interesting anecdotes. An interesting and informed instructor

William H.
Winchester, VA

As always, learned much. Superb presentation. Masterful.

Jessica I.
New York, NY

Excellent course.

Daniel B.
Painesville, OH

good lecture

Steve S.
Chicago, IL

One of the better programs I've seen.

Bridget G.
Osseo, MN

Very good facilitator

Michael E.
Highland Park, IL


Joseph L.
Washington, DC

The faculty presented a uniquely practical view of ethical duties in the real world. Recommend.

Robert B.
Vail, AZ

Very interesting

Tina H.
New york, NY

Nice tempo. made the material interesting.

Brian D.
Manhasset, NY

Presenter has exceptionally deep knowledge of the area and does a great job of breaking down the information.

Melinda Noelle M.
Phoenix, AZ

Very informative, great speaker.

Moshe S.
Chicago, IL

very engaging and thought provoking style. Substantive material.

John M.
Nevis, MN

Engaging speaker

Daniel B. F.
Astoria, NY

Very thorough, very organized, very sensitive. This was overall my favorite CLE yet in my 5+ years of practice.

Virginia E.
Henrico, VA

The speaker was excellent. He gave a compassionate and informative presentation on a difficult and often painful topic.

Basil R.
Kingston, PA


Eric R.
White Plains, NY


Philip S.
High Point, NC

well presented

robert s.

thorough and informative and eye opening.

Sandra S.
Buffalo Grove, IL

Excellent coverage of an important topic - very engaging speaker!

Dorothy K.
New City, NY

Very good presentation

Craig B.
Lambertville, NJ

This is a very timely and......almost gut - wretching issue that really hits home in todays legal society. It should perhaps be mandatory

Charlotte L.
Whitehouse Station, NJ

very practical

Melanie C.
Austin, TX

Wonderful speaker---concise but explanatory.

Steven S.
Davis, CA

Not an area I hope to ever experience but very informative.

Connie V.
Irving, TX

I really enjoyed this presentation - well done.

Nancy S.
Eaton, OH

Presenter did well. Thank you.

james c.
Jersey City, NJ

Nice job on a sensitive topic.

Regan F.
New York, NY

Appreciated the sentivity to a difficult topic by the instructor

connie m.
Phoenix, AZ

Excellent Presentation. This lawyer has a heart!

Colleen M.
Fort Worth, TX

Fantastic presentation.

Randal B.
Covington, WA

Great information, compassionate presentation

Matthew T.
New York, NY

Great video!

Scott D.
White Plains, NY

Great presentation!

Mary A.
Richmond, VA

Very interesting! Very good instructor!

Michael V.
Clifton forge, VA

well thought out and comprehensive.

Susan C.
Cortlandt manor, NY


Evette C. E.
Queens, NY

Great instructor

Candace M.
Irving, TX


Aaron L.
Houston, TX

This is one of the best and most comprehensive law line courses I have done.

Gar H.
Manhattan, NY


John H.
Charlotte, NC

very good program and thoughtful delivery by Mr. Segal

mark s.
Ft Worth, TX


Holly R.
New York, NY

A tough topic well presented. Thank you.

Jane E.

Excellent content.

Brian B.
Dallas, TX

Very thorough.

Laurie L.
Montclair, NJ

Great instructor!

Daniel M.
Metaire, LA

An excellent presentation about a growing issue in the management of a law firm or any type of business.

George C.
Lake Elsinore, CA

Excellent presentation

Jenny A.
Portland, OR

excellent course

Brianna B.
Watchung, NJ

This was an excellent course. It took a human approach to a sensitive topic.

Julie F.
Valparaiso, IN

Very interesting and timely topic. It's encouraged me to learn more about how to handle these issues.

Thomas M.
Delmar, NY

Very well done!

Gal G.
Queens, NY

Great presentation

gretal t.
Sterling, VA

Very interesting presentation

Robert S.
Falls Church, VA


Nichole F.
Reston, VA

This was a very interesting topic.

Jessica W.
Houston, TX

Great CLE on a very important subject matter.

Marshall L. E.
Farmville, VA

Very good program

S M.
Rockville, MD

Very good CLE!

Elizabeth S.

One of the best presentations I have viewed. Very effective presenter.

Kevin J.
Springfield, VA


Michael B.
Norfolk, VA

great presentation

Karen T.
Leicester, NC

Excellent presentation!

Cynthia W.
Austin, TX

Very helpful and informative presentation covering a wide range of topics under this issue.

benjamin a.
New York, NY

very good

Julia P.
Rockville, MD

good course

Richard H.
Frederick, LB

Excellent lecturer

Douglas A.
Moseley, VA

Learned a lot from this CLE.

Larry P.
Arlington, VA

Very useful.

Leonard G.
Oak Brook, IL

liked additional information regarding non-law firm workplaces peppered in

Clarence S.
Bozeman, MT

Excellent presentation of important and difficult area.

Dorothy P.
Bethesda, MD

Very sensitive, balanced presentation of a complex topic. Excellent!

William A.
Carefree, AZ

Very knowledgeable and personable speaker.

Erik L.
Issaquah, WA

Mr. Segal's presentation was engaging and informative and thought-provoking.

Bradley S.
Cheshire, CT

A very good program, well presented.

keith k.
aquebogue, NY

Good presentation

Kathleen P.
Washington, DC

Very practical and well presented. Thank you.

Steven H.
Richmond, VA

Excellent presentation on a delicate topic.

Nancy H.
Fallbrook, CA

Very engaging and interesting presentation on a depressing topic.

Alden T.
Orem, UT

Good course.

Elizabeth F.
Mundelein, IL

Speaker was knowledgeable and polished; he was very easy to comprehend and used good examples.

Mark Y.
Richmond, VA

Very interesting take on impairment. This goes far beyond typical coverage of the topic.

Edward S.

A truly insightful and excellent presentation on a very important and difficult subject. Thanks!

Julie A. B.
Hiles, WI

Edifying. Effective use of examples. Good speaker.

Rick L.
Little Rock, AR

One of the best if not the best CLEs yhat i have ever attended. Very good legal and practical advice. Thank you.

Marthe L.
Alexandria, VA

Presenter was very good

Rhonda G. W.
Washington, DC

Thank you for an excellent program, with a lot of relevant subtlety, on a very important issue.

Steve S.
Little Rock, AR

Strong presentation from a practitioner who cares about being competent and human.

Daniel V.
Coral Springs, FL

Great presentation. Practical and very informative on the nuances of how to deal with the issue.

Steve M.
Richmond, VA

Good presenter.

Mavis V.
Atlanta, GA

Excellent information. Thank you.

Marcia M.
Staten Island, NY

Great presentation!