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How to Overcome Substance Use Disorder and Avoid Legal Ethics Issues

In this eye-opening program, veteran attorney Cindy Sharp will share her struggles with alcohol and reveal how she got sober and has remained alcohol free for over eleven years. Attorney and certified contemplative practices teacher Becky Howlett will share her perspectives on the issues and provide practical tips for reducing stress and anxiety.

Not included in IICLE® Online All-Access subscription.
Credits: 0 General, 0 Diversity/Inclusion PR, 1 MH/SA PR, 0 Other PR
SKU: H2005-22E
$80.00
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Program Expires:  2/1/2024

According to a 2016 study, between 21–36% of attorneys qualify as problem drinkers. Moreover, 25–30% of attorney disciplinary matters, 60%of all malpractice claims and 85% of all trust fund violation cases involved substance use disorder issues. Even though the problem is pervasive in the legal community, most aren’t equipped to seek help if in distress or to have sensitive conversations with those who need help.

In this timely program, you will learn:

● What is a Highly Functioning Alcoholic Attorney (HFAA)
● Why we must eliminate the stigma surrounding substance use disorder
● How to detect the warning signs of impairment
● Ethical rules to consider: MRPC 1.1 - Competence, MRPC 1.3 -Diligence
● Ethical duties of partner of an impaired attorney
● Treatment options and other resources to consider
● Mindfulness as a tool for resilience, stress release and relapse prevention

Faculty: 

Rebecca Howlett, The Legal Burnout Solution

Cynthia Sharp, The Legal Burnout Solution

*Pending Approval



Program Expires:  2/1/2024

According to a 2016 study, between 21–36% of attorneys qualify as problem drinkers. Moreover, 25–30% of attorney disciplinary matters, 60%of all malpractice claims and 85% of all trust fund violation cases involved substance use disorder issues. Even though the problem is pervasive in the legal community, most aren’t equipped to seek help if in distress or to have sensitive conversations with those who need help.

In this timely program, you will learn:

● What is a Highly Functioning Alcoholic Attorney (HFAA)
● Why we must eliminate the stigma surrounding substance use disorder
● How to detect the warning signs of impairment
● Ethical rules to consider: MRPC 1.1 - Competence, MRPC 1.3 -Diligence
● Ethical duties of partner of an impaired attorney
● Treatment options and other resources to consider
● Mindfulness as a tool for resilience, stress release and relapse prevention

Faculty: 

Rebecca Howlett, The Legal Burnout Solution

Cynthia Sharp, The Legal Burnout Solution

*Pending Approval



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