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Substance Abuse Ethics: What All Attorneys Must Know

Substance and alcohol abuse can have costly consequences - know your ethical responsibilities to protect your practice.

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 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, review some examples of attorney misconduct caused by substance abuse and/or mental illness, and will suggest some ways to protect yourself and your practice from the consequences of substance abuse and mental illness.

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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, Maine, New Hampshire, 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 [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on September 17, 2020.

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  • CA MCLE 1.5 including Competence Issues 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. 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.
     
  • IL CLE 1.5 including Mental Health and Substance Abuse 1.5
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board. The Illinois Commission on Professionalism has also approved this course for the following credit: Mental Health and Substance Abuse for 1.50 hours.
     

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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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
  • Member of NYS Bar Association’s Task Force on Lawyer Wellbeing (chair, Emotional Wellbeing Subcommittee)
  • Member of the New York City Bar Association (former chair, Professional Responsibility Committee; former chair, Lawyers Assistance Program Committee), New York State Bar Association (member of Professional Discipline Committee), New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and Federal Bar Council
  • J.D. degree, Cardozo Law School; M.A. and B.A. degrees, Case Western Reserve University
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