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Substance Abuse Ethics: What All Attorneys Must Know
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Sponsored by Lorman Education Services
Substance and alcohol abuse can have costly consequences - know your ethical responsibilities to protect your practice.
It has been a truism for decades, if not centuries, that lawyers have problems with the bottle - it is a common cliché in movies and novels. Many lawyers have difficulty dealing with the stress of the profession but do not know how to identify what the problem is or what can be done. Attorneys are also often reluctant to ask for help. Often they ignore the problem until it's too late - they are facing a job loss, discipline, or even criminal charges.
This topic will first address the modern definitions of substance abuse and mental illness and then discuss some of the underlying reasons that lawyers suffer disproportionally high rates of these diseases. We will then review some examples of attorney misconduct caused by substance abuse and/or mental illness. Finally, this material will suggest some ways to protect yourself and your practice from the consequences of substance abuse and mental illness.
Areas Covered in the Session:
Definitions of Terms
Current Statistics on Lawyers and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues
How These Disorders Impact Lawyers' Practice
Treatment and Disciplinary Alternatives
Strategies for Getting Help for Yourself and/or Your Colleagues
Credit Information (Sponsored by Lorman Education Services):
Only registered attendee will receive continuing education credit.
Meredith S. Heller, Law Office of Meredith S. Heller PLLC
(Not available outside the US)