Smoothing the Bumps in the Road for Young Lawyers

James Ellis Arden
Stress kills, but not before causing mental problems, substance abuse, and possible ethical failing.

Stress kills, but not before causing mental problems, substance abuse, and possible ethical failing.

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Lawyer Assistance Programs provide confidential services and support to judges, lawyers, and law students who are facing substance use disorders or mental health issues. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, contact your state or local LAP.

Thinking about stress, depression, and substance abuse often evokes the same feelings we had back in law school when we had to consider codes of ethics. I already know all that stuff. It’s just common sense. Consider that ethics codes came into being mainly to guard against competition within the profession rather than as a means to help protect clients.

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