January 29, 2019

Opioid Summit Report

Experienced Lawyers, American Families, and the Opioid Crisis

For the first time, an Opioid Summit was convened as a collaborative effort of ABA and non-ABA entities to address the opioid crisis permeating our country.  Led and organized by the Senior Lawyers Division, the Summit entitled “Experienced Lawyers, American Families, and the Opioid Crisis” was held at the ABA Headquarters in Chicago on Friday, May 4, 2018. 

The Summit brought together a multidisciplinary group of experts from a range of legal areas for a holistic approach to the opioid crisis.  The Summit involved 30 people from ABA entities and non-ABA organizations, 5 nationally recognized speakers, 17 leaders of the Senior Lawyers Division, as well as 6 ABA staff members and 2 volunteer law students as recorders. 

A final report of the Summit recommendations can be found below.

HOD Resolution 108

While the ABA in the past has adopted resolutions addressing attorney well-being, the Summit’s planners used the Opioid Summit’s report and recommendations to collaborate with other ABA entities to develop a policy resolution addressing the opioid crisis. It was filed by the Senior Lawyers Division on November 14, 2018.  The resolution (108) was adopted by the ABA House of Delegates during the ABA Midyear Meeting on January 28, 2019.

View the resolution here.>>

We are pleased to share the following recommendations from the Opioid Summit as well as the transcripts of the presentations, powerpoints, and referenced materials.

Opioid Summit Documents


Presentation Transcripts

Related Articles

Additional resources related to the opioid crisis produced by the Senior Lawyers Division:

The Hidden Epidemic: Seniors and Opioid Addiction: Spring Meeting 2017

Voice of Experience August 2018: The Opioid Issue

  • “Time to Get Tough with China … on Fentanyl” 
  • “With Help, There is Hope”
  • "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince and the Senior Lawyers Division: What Do They Have in Common?" 
  • “ABA Addresses Opioid Crisis” 
  • “The Opioid Crisis: Coming Soon to a Law Firm Near You” 
  • The Chair’s Column covered the Opioid Summit and the Summit Report.

The Opioid Crisis and the Elderly (Voice of Experience: October 2018)

Experience Magazine Sept/Oct 2019

  • How Opioid Use and Chemical Dependency Affect Professional Discipline
  • Separating Treatment Myths from Reality
  • When Clients and Colleagues Battle Opioid Use
  • Are Your Collegagues Fit to Practice?