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Substance Abuse Ethics: What All Attorneys Must Know

Substance and alcohol abuse can have costly consequences – especially as an attorney. 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.


Runtime: 90 minutes
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Agenda

Definitions of Terms

  • Substance Abuse and Addiction
  • Mental Health Issues

Current Statistics on Lawyers and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues

  • Possible Explanations for These Numbers
  • Discussion of Krill Study
  • General Understanding of Causes
  • Differences Among Attorneys Re: Gender, Age, Area of Practice, Length of Practice, Income

How These Disorders Impact Lawyers' Practice

  • Ethical Violations and Discipline
  • Criminal Consequences
  • Loss of Reputation and Opportunities

Treatment and Disciplinary Alternatives

  • Diversion Programs
  • Lawyers Assistance Programs
  • New Trends in Treatment

Strategies for Getting Help for Yourself and/or Your Colleagues

  • Asking for Help – and Issues to Be Aware of What to Do If You Think Your Colleague Is Impaired
  • Suggestions for Ways to Protect Your Firm and Clients From Impaired Colleagues
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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at ondemandinfo@lorman.com or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on January 19, 2017.

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  • AK CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours' credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1.50 hours of professional responsibility.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5 including Competence Issues 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit, of which includes Competence Issues for 1.50 hours.
     
  • CO CLE 2.0 including Ethics 2
     
  • This program may qualify for 2.0 credit hours including 2.0 hours of ethics credit through the Colorado Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education through reciprocity. This course is accredited in other jurisdictions such as New Jersey. To receive CLE credit for this program, a home study affidavit must be submitted to the Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education.
     
  • CT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.5 CLE credit(s) including 1.50 hour(s) of ethics credit.
     
  • FL CLE 2.0 including Substance Abuse 2
     
  • This course has been approved by The Florida Bar for 2.0 hours of CLE credit. This course has been approved by The Florida Bar Certification Plan in the area of Substance Abuse for 2.00 hours. Course classification: Intermediate level.
     
  • GA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency for 1.5 CLE hours, including 1.5 ethics hours.
     
  • HI CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours including 1.50 ethics credit hours.
     
  • IA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Substance Abuse Ethics: What All Attorneys Must Know is accredited under the regulations of the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education. It is planned that this program will provide up to a maximum of 1.5 hour(s) including 1.50 ethics hour(s) of unmoderated credit towards the mandatory continuing legal education requirements under the Iowa rule. Please note: you can receive a maximum of 6 hours of unmoderated activities per calendar year.
     
  • IL CLE 1.5 including Professional Responsibility 1.5
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board. Of that total, 1.50 credits were approved as Professional Responsibility credits by the Illinois Commission on Professionalism.
     
  • ME CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit including 1.50 ethics hours under M. Bar R. 12.
     
  • MS CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours, including 1.5 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • MT CLE 1.5 including Substance Abuse 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Montana Board of Continuing Legal Education for a total of 1.5 CLE credits, which includes Substance Abuse for 1.50 hours.
     
  • ND CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). This Program contains 90 minutes of legal ethics credit.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8 including Ethics 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1.8 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professional responsibility.
     
  • NM CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics/professionalism credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.5 including Substance Abuse 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours, including Substance Abuse for 1.50 hours.
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Ethics and Professionalism 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.5 credit hours in the area(s) of Ethics and Professionalism for 1.50 hours. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for credit for established attorneys only. Lorman Business Center, Inc. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • OR CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1
     
  • Approved for 1.5 CLE credits in Oregon, including 1.00 hour of ethics credit.
     
  • PA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours including 1.50 hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • UT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Utah State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • VA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 CLE credit hours, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hours of self-study CLE credit, including 1.80 hours of ethics.
     
  • WA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of A/V credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8 including Substance Abuse 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours, including Substance Abuse for 1.8 hours.
     
  • NALA 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This seminar meets the requirements of the Certifying Board for Legal Assistants of the National Association of Legal Assistants, for continuing legal assistant education credit required to maintain the CP (Certified Paralegal) credential for 1.5 hours, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

Virginia MCLE requirements do not allow approval for programs that do not include an audio or audiovisual component.

This program was previously offered as a live webinar. Virginia MCLE requirements do not allow approval for attendance at duplicate programs.

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  • AK CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5 including Competence Issues 1.5
     
  • FL CLE 2.0 including Substance Abuse 2
     
  • GA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5 including Professional Responsibility 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • MT CLE 1.5 including Substance Abuse 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8 including Ethics 1.8
     
  • NM CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • NV CLE 1.5 including Substance Abuse 1.5
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Ethics and Professionalism 1.5
     
  • OR CLE 1.5
     
  • UT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8 including Substance Abuse 1.8
     
  • WY CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

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  • AK CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5 including Competence Issues 1.5
     
  • FL CLE 2.0
     
  • HI CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • MT CLE 1.5 including Substance Abuse 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8 including Ethics 1.8
     
  • NM CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • NV CLE 1.5 including Substance Abuse 1.5
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Ethics and Professionalism 1.5
     
  • OR CLE 1.5
     
  • UT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8 including Substance Abuse 1.8
     
  • WY CLE 1.5
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.
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Meredith S. Heller

Meredith S. Heller

Law Office of Meredith S. Heller PLLC

  • Principal, the Law Office of Meredith S. Heller PLLC
  • Practice emphasizes criminal defense and professional responsibility
  • Frequent speaker at CLEs on substance abuse and the profession, as well as professional ethics, generally
  • Current chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee
  • J.D. degree, Cardozo Law School; B.A. and M.A. degrees, Case Western Reserve University
  • Member of the New York City Bar Association (chair, Professional Responsibility Committee; former chair, Lawyers Assistance Program Committee); New York State Bar Association (member of Professional Discipline Committee and Lawyers Assistance Program Committee); New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Can be contacted at msheller@mshellerlaw.com
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Product ID: 398972
Published 2017
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