Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers will present continuing legal education, law school presentations and other programs upon request. The program may be sponsored by LCL or the hosting organization. Many of our programs qualify for Elimination of Bias credit. We also provide programs for Ethics and Professional Development credit. Contact the Executive Director to discuss or arrange a CLE program. An honorarium may be requested for in-house programs.
CLE PROGRAMS – Here are descriptions of some of our programs. Most can be customized to an audience or substantive area.
The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, 1-2 hours, General, Ethics or Elimination of Bias credit. The program can be customized to discuss specific initiatives, stakeholder groups or in other ways. It is available in lecture format with audience participation or as a group presentation.
This groundbreaking and comprehensive report, released in August 2017, was created by a coalition of entities from the American Bar Association and throughout the profession. It contains 44 recommendations for 7 groups of stake holders along with a plan for action.
The report’s recommendations focus on five central themes:
- Identifying stakeholders and the role each can play in reducing the level of toxicity in the legal profession.
- Eliminating the stigma associated with help-seeking behaviors.
- Emphasizing that well-being is an indispensable part of a lawyer’s duty of competence.
- Educating lawyers, judges and law students on lawyer well-being issues.
- Taking small, incremental steps to change how law is practiced and how lawyers are regulated to instill greater well-being in the profession.
LCL dedicates our efforts to disseminate the report on The Path to Lawyer Well-Being to the memory of David Brink, ABA President 1981-82 and past member of the LCL Board of Directors.
Chronic Stress, Trauma, Mental Health and Addiction– 1 – 2 hours, Elimination of Bias
Lawyers face stress daily and are subject to particular circumstances which can lead to higher levels of stress than for most other members of the population.
The Prevalence of Substance Use and other Mental Health Concerns among American Attorneys – 1 hour, Elimination of Bias or Ethics.
Chronic Stress, Mental Health and Addiction – 1 hour, Professional Development. Stress among lawyers has particular characteristics which are unique to the profession.
When Your Client is Impaired– 1 – 2 hours, Elimination of Bias or Ethics. Lawyers often see clients who appear to be suffering from substance misuse, addiction or other impairments. While it is not our job to diagnose, what is our role, responsibility and opportunity? How do our biases govern our actions and behaviors?
Stress, Addiction and Mental Health: An Ethical Perspective – 1-2 hours, Ethics. For lawyers, trust account issues, missing deadlines and failing to communicate or complete projects may be the tip of the iceberg for far greater problems ranging from too much stress to addiction and mental health issues.
Mental Health and Addiction Issues in Older Adults – 1 – 2 hours, Elimination of Bias. Our profession and our clients are aging. Learn about mental health (including cognitive impairment) and addiction issues and the realities, risk factors and resources specific to older adults.
Problem Gambling and the Legal Profession – 1 – 2 hours, Elimination of Bias. Gambling is normative behavior in most adults. Approximately 3% of gamblers will experience problems. Compulsive, problem or pathological gambling is often called the “hidden illness” because there are few of the outward signs and symptoms that may be present with alcoholism or other dependencies, and the biases that keep someone from seeking help can be greater as well.
Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care in the Legal Profession – 1 hour, Professional Development. Lawyers are in the only profession where members regularly deal with traumatized clients but do not talk about the effect that trauma can have on them.
Help for Attorneys in Crisis: Dealing with Lawyer Addiction and Impairment – 1 hour, Ethics or Elimination of Bias. This program is designed for colleagues and managers who may observe changes in behavior that give rise to concerns.
Suicide Awareness and Prevention– 1 hour, Elimination of Bias. The stress lawyers face is a predictor for depression and untreated depression is the #1 predictor for suicide.
Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession: Focus on Disability – 1 hour, Elimination of Bias. The primary focus of this program is to understand and demonstrate how implicit bias discussions in the legal profession must include mental health (including substance use) and stress issues.
LCL can work with organizations to develop customized programs. In addition to those described above, some recent programs include:
- Addiction and Substance Use topics
- Pain Medications
- Synthetic Drugs
- Addiction and Family Systems
- Sexual Compulsivity
- Mental Health topics
- Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety
- Demystifying ADHD
- Compassion Fatigue
- Returning to Work after Treatment
- Parity Legislation
- Understanding Eating Disorders
- Wellness and Stress Management topics
- Rising Above your Stress
- Building Resilience
- Thriving in the Practice of Law
- Holiday Stress Management
- Embracing Change
- Mental HEALTH Maintenance in the Legal Workplace
- Your Law Practice Wellness Program
- Understanding Stress in the Legal Profession: Proven Strategies for Mitigation and Management
- 5 Common Causes of Solo Small Firm Crisis and How to Overcome Them
LAW SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS
LCL has developed a class presentation that addresses stress, mental illness and addiction/dependency in the context of the Rules of Professional Responsibility, while providing opportunities for discussion. We can provide a full class session, a shorter program or a public service announcement.
Other Law School Programs
All of LCL’s CLE programs can be adapted to law schools. LCL has also worked with student organizations, professors and law school administration to provide customized programs, particularly in the area of wellness.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
LCL also welcomes the opportunity to make public service announcements about our services and resources as part of other programs.
LCL has appeared in many programs sponsored by others. Learn whether a program you attended has been approved for credit at Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education.