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How to Deal with Mental Health and Substance Abuse: Practical Tips and Strategies Lawyers Need to Consider

Live Webcast Date: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)
CLE Competence Issues/ Substance Abuse/ Mental HealthRecording

Online CLE Mental Health

This Webcast will offer an in-depth discussion on how mental health and substance abuse impact the legal profession as well as the common factors that contribute to the high incidence of these issues. The speakers will provide guidance to help attorneys manage and combat anxiety, depression and substance addiction, and comply with the ethical rules regarding mental health issues and substance abuse.

Key topics include:

  • Recent Statistics on Mental Health Issues and Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession
  • Managing Legal Workload and Addressing Toxic Stress
  • Impact of High Levels of Stress to Legal Profession
  • Substance Abuse, Addiction and the Workplace
  • Ethical Rules Compliance and Ensuring Competent Representation
  • Overcoming Mental Health Issues and Substance Abuse
  • How to Recognize and Address Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Lawyers
  • Other Interested Professionals


Online CLE Mental Health
James S. Walker, Ph.D., ABPP
Forensic Neuropsychologist & Managing Principal
Neuropsychology Consultants, PLLC
Online CLE Mental Health
Link Christin
Executive Director of the Legal Professionals Program
Caron Treatment Centers
Online CLE Mental Health
Anthony J. LaBella, Esq.
Ury & Moskow, LLC

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Online CLE Mental Health

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Case Studies


  1. The disease model of addiction
  2. The importance of consistent treatment for the addicted person
  3. Types of treatment that work: psychiatry, psychology, 12 Steps
  4. The importance of addictions knowledge and experience in working with addicted clients.
  5. The high rate of substance issues in criminal cases.
  6. The opioid crisis and its impact on crime and civil legal practice.
  7. Share some specific instance of how intoxication played a role in prominent cases (e.g. Vanderbilt Rape Trial).


  1. Analyze the common factors which contribute to these dangerous numbers.
  2. Outline what impairment looks like in the workplace and how to successfully confront it.
  3. Provide 10 brief, tangible suggestions to reduce professional anxiety and imbalance, lessening the odds of future behavioral health problems.


  1. Recent Statistics on Mental Health Issues and Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession:
    1. §  ABA Report – National Task Force on Lawyer Well Being
    2. §  Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs
    3. §  http://lawyerwellbeing.net/
  2. How to make the connection between the problem and the solution:
    1. §Assessment of the Problem 
    2. Lawyer Assistance Programs/EAPs
    3. §  Rehabilitation/Hospitalization
    4. §  Outpatient Services
    5. §  12 Step programs
  3. Substance Abuse, Addiction and the Workplace
    1. §  The risk of not addressing the problem
    2. §  The notion that if we ignore it, it will just go away.
    3. §  Cost in terms of sick time, rework or mistakes.
    4. §  Ethical considerations when we as lawyers recognize another lawyer or judge showing signs of an addiction

Online CLE Mental Health

Online CLE Mental Health

James S. Walker, Ph.D., ABPPForensic Neuropsychologist & Managing PrincipalNeuropsychology Consultants, PLLC

Dr. Walker is a forensic neuropsychologist in practice in Nashville, Tennessee. He is one of 8 psychologists in the nation who is double board certified. He is the director of Clarity Professional Evaluation Center, a program devoted to the evaluation of professionals suspected of impairment. In the past, he has served as the chief neuropsychologist of a brain injury hospital, and as a forensic neuropsychologist at Texas’ maximum security forensic facility. For 12 years he held a joint faculty appointment in the Neurology and Psychiatry departments at Vanderbilt University Medical School. His last two years at Vanderbilt he served as the Director of Forensic Services, a collection of faculty psychiatrists and psychologists devoted to research, training, and practice related to legal matters. His clinical interests include brain dysfunction and disease, violent behavior, addiction, and malingering.

When he’s not working as a neuropsychologist, Dr. Walker loves kayaking, hiking, and biking.  He has mountain biked down Pike’s Peak, run the rapids of the Toro River in Costa Rica, and explored ice caves in New Zealand glaciers! 

Online CLE Mental Health

Link ChristinExecutive Director of the Legal Professionals ProgramCaron Treatment Centers

Mr. Christin brings a lifetime of experience to his role as Executive Director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers. As an attorney, licensed and board-certified drug and addiction counselor, therapist, speaker, and author, he has focused for the last seven years exclusively on the treatment of impaired legal professionals in both residential and outpatient settings.

He has launched and managed this national program for lawyers, judges, law students, and paralegals who are in residential treatment. This specialty offering provides education and clinical engagement from pre entry through continuing care. He and his team provide significant and tangible counseling and resources to these professionals multiple times per week while the patients engage in the world-class services and programs at Caron.

Mr. Christin previously practiced law for more than 25 years and was a civil trial lawyer and a partner in two law firms in Pittsburgh, PA. After serving as the Administrator of the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law he transitioned to a second career, obtaining his Master’s in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. At that time he founded and directed the first national legal professionals program of its kind at Hazelden Betty Ford, and after more than four years created and served as CEO for Heightened Performance LLC, a behavioral consulting firm for lawyers.

During this time he was an Adjunct Professor at the William Mitchell School of Law, as well as an Assistant Professor at the Hazelden Betty Ford School of Addiction Studies. He was recently appointed as a Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Substance Use Disorder Task Force.

Finally, Mr. Christin continues to speak and write nationally about behavioral health subjects relating to lawyers and law firms, addiction, depression, stress, anxiety, work/life balance, wellness, and re-igniting professional passion. His most recent article “Confronting Addiction in the Law Firm” was the cover story of Legal Management Magazine’s March 2017 issue.

Online CLE Mental Health

Anthony J. LaBella, Esq.AttorneyUry & Moskow, LLC

Mr. LaBella is the President and a Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers-Connecticut, Inc. (“LCL-CT”), a non-profit organization that assists lawyers in distress throughout the state of Connecticut.  He was a member of the group that founded this organization in Connecticut.  LCL CT is the sole contract provider to the State of a broad range of assistance services to the legal community.  He also played a large role in the adopting of a statutory scheme that allows this organization to assist lawyers in a confidential and respectful manner throughout the state.   Mr. LaBella actively participates in helping members of the legal profession find and stay in recovery. 

An associate of the Ury & Moskow firm in Fairfield, Connecticut, Mr. LaBella is a litigator, focusing his practice in the areas of commercial law, construction law, personal injury, criminal law, insurance litigation, products liability, professional malpractice, and real estate. Mr. LaBella has lectured on the topic of mechanic's lien law and has been recognized by the Law Works for People network of the Connecticut Bar Association. Mr. LaBella has had a career in banking and insurance, and his practical business experience is an asset to his clients. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. LaBella was a compliance officer at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Licensed to practice in State and Federal Courts here in Connecticut, Mr. LaBella graduated from the Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1994, cum laude, and is a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity. He received his B.A. from Vassar College in 1986. Mr. LaBella has resolved hundreds of cases in favor of his clients, has tried cases to conclusion in our state and federal courts, and has argued successfully before the Appellate and Supreme Courts of the State of Connecticut.

Mr. LaBella is a member of the American Association for Justice, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and Greater Bridgeport Bar Association. He is also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association's Litigation Section. Mr. LaBella lives and plays golf in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Online CLE Mental Health

Course Level:

Advance Preparation:
   Print and review course materials

Method Of Presentation:
   On-demand Webcast

   Basic Knowledge on Mental Health & Substance Abuse Law

Course Code:

NY Category of CLE Credit:
   Ethics and Professionalism

Total Credits:
    2.0 CLE

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Clarity is a free-standing, completely independent professional evaluation center operated by neuropsychologists and psychiatrists. We perform fitness for duty evaluations for physicians, attorneys, dentists, pharmacists, airline pilots, executives, and other professionals.

Website: http://www.neuroforensic.com/

For nearly 60 years as a not-for-profit treatment provider, Caron Treatment Centers has transformed the lives of thousands impacted by addiction and substance use through proven, comprehensive and personalized behavioral healthcare solutions.

Caron delivers evidence-based, gender-specific programming while treating patients and families with the respect and compassion they deserve. Caron’s goal is to ease the pain of individuals and families impacted by addiction by restoring health, hope, spirituality and relationships, ultimately preparing them for lifelong recovery.

Website: https://www.caron.org/

Our firm acts as regional counsel to many individual, business, and commercial clients and is known for providing high quality legal services in a broad range of areas. Our personal injury / wrongful death trial lawyers at Ury & Moskow are well-regarded for their commitment to the thorough preparation and presentation of personal injury lawsuits on behalf of injured clients throughout Connecticut and in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Washington, DC, and Louisiana.

Not every personal injury attorney is a trial lawyer capable of mounting substantial litigation against insurance companies and their clients. At Ury & Moskow, we have successfully negotiated and litigated numerous successful personal injury lawsuits, recovering substantial damage awards on behalf of our clients as compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and long-term care.

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Website: http://www.urymoskow.com/

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