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March 26, 2020

The Besden Redemption

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. 

CoLAP's Law School Assistance Committee set out to create a video that law students can relate to. That will encourage those who are reluctant to seek help to take the first step. That will make those who think, "It can't happen to me," realize that it can happen to anybody. As Laurie puts it, "these diseases do not discriminate. But recovery doesn't either." 

If you're struggling with a substance use disorder or mental illness, watch this video and know you're not alone. If you or your entity is in a position to pass along this powerful message, please do so now. 

See below for the full version as well as an abridged, 3-minute version.

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