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Voices of Recovery Podcast Series

The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs has produced a new podcast series about overcoming substance use disorders, mental health issues and addiction. The lawyers featured in this series have all agreed to tell their story in the hope that it will reduce the stigma surrounding these issues and encourage others to get the help they need.


11/10/17 | Episode 1
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Laurie Besden, Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. 

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The Path to Lawyer Well-being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change

An ABA Division for Bar Services "Bar School" Webinar


November 13, 2017 | 1:00 PM CST


In this 60-minute webinar, co-chairs of the National Task Force on Well-Being will discuss the group’s report, “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change,” published August 2017. This groundbreaking initiative of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, National Organization of Bar Counsel and Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers put into action the group’s mission of “creating a movement to improve the health and well-being of the legal profession.” Speakers will discuss two recent studies that revealed high rates of substance use and mental health disorders among law students and lawyers, and which served as catalysts for the report. Speakers will explore how bar associations and lawyers, individually, can work to promote lawyers’ well-being, thereby ensuring fitness to practice, competent representation and ethical engagement.


PRESENTER(S)


BREE BUCHANAN 
DIRECTOR, STATE BAR OF TEXAS LAWYERS’ ASSISTANCE PROGRAM; CHAIR, ABA COMMISSION ON LAWYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS; CO-CHAIR, NATIONAL TASK FORCE ON WELL-BEING


JAMES C. COYLE 
ATTORNEY REGULATION COUNSEL, COLORADO SUPREME COURT ADVISORY COUNCIL, ABA COMMISSION ON LAWYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS; CO-CHAIR, NATIONAL TASK FORCE ON WELL-BEING


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Judicial Mental Health: Recognizing Problems, Finding Wellness Resources


Webinar |November 9, 2017 | 
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Judges must manage the competing stresses of their chosen profession. They are held to high standards ethically and professionally and are subject to many professional guidelines, standards, and expectations. Judges also face financial realities associated with compensation limitations of public service. While other professions and legal practitioners are in many ways more advanced in their recognition of such concerns, recent tragic events require the judiciary to examine these issues in more depth.

This webinar will explain the medical underpinnings of these issues as they relate to the professional pressures judges face.

A medical professional expert in psychiatry will explain the science and how his profession deals with similar issues. In addition, a leader in the field of practitioner mental health issues will suggest ways that judges can assist their colleagues and how the practitioner model can apply to the judiciary. Faculty will examine the demands of the profession and offer tools for dealing with those demands.


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Problem Gambling in the Legal Profession - a Live Twitter Chat


Twitter Chat |December 13, 2017 | 
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

On Dec 13, 2017, the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs will be hosting a live Twitter Chat on “Problem Gambling in the Legal Profession.” From 1:00 to 2:00pm Eastern time, @ABACoLAP will be discussing the topic over Twitter with special guests, Christine Anderson, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (@ChristineARDC) and Keith Whyte, National Council on Problem Gambling (@ncpgambling). They will be discussing the consequences of problem gambling in the legal profession, signs and symptoms that might indicate a person may have a gambling problem, how to get help or refer someone else to help, and ways law schools and law firms can better address problem gambling.


All are encouraged to follow along by tracking tweets with hashtag #GamblingHelp4Lawyers and to participate with questions and comments by using #GamblingHelp4Lawyers in your tweets.


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2018 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs

September 25-27, 2018
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, SC


Recordings/Recaps/Materials of Past Programs


Materials from the 2017 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs

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Recap of Suicide Prevention Twitter Chat

On June 27, 2017 CoLAP (@ABACoLAP) hosted a live Twitter Chat on “Suicide Prevention and Postvention in the Legal Profession.” Throughout the chat, guests Kate Bender, Programming Director of the Dave Nee Foundation (@NeeFoundation) and Yvette Hourigan, Executive Director of the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (@KYLAPtweets), discussed the disproportionately high rate of suicides in the legal profession, symptoms or behaviors that might indicate a person may be considering attempting suicide, how to get help or refer someone else to help, and ways law schools and law firms can better address suicide. 

Click here for a recap of the conversation, which contains links to resources and important information about suicide in the legal profession.  


"The Besden Redemption" Video
The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law present, "The Besden Redemption."


Laurie Besden is an attorney and the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania. Laurie had a privileged upbringing. She graduated college with a 3.97 GPA, and was in the top 15% of her law school class. On paper, Laurie is the definition of success. Laurie is also a drug addict...

In "The Besden Redemption," Laurie candidly shares her story. It is a remarkable story of crippling addiction, and ultimately, redemption. 


Click here for the full version as well as an abridged, 3-minute version.


 Fierce & Gritty: Resilience Training for Lawyers (December, 2016)


You will not receive continuing legal education (CLE) for viewing the free recording. Contact your state to see if it qualifies for accreditation.


Charting a Sustainable Path Forward: What the ABA/Hazelden Betty Ford Study on Substance Use and Mental Health Means for the Future of the Profession (September, 2016)

Program made possible through the generous support of the Fellows of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section


I’ve Got Your Back; You’ve Got My Ear: Suicide Prevention in the Legal Profession (March, 2016)


You will not receive continuing legal education (CLE) for viewing the free recording. Contact your state to see if it qualifies for accreditation.


Keeping Legal Minds Intact: Mitigating Compassion Fatigue Among Legal Professionals (October, 2014)

The free recording does not qualify for continuing legal education (CLE). Contact your state to see if it qualifies for accreditation. 


Program made possible through the generous support of the Fellows of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section


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Grey Matters: Perspectives on Aging Lawyers and Cognitive Impairment (August, 2013)

  • Recording no longer available
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