Effective Mental Health Response for Lawyers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Key Strategies Explored
The current COVID-19 crisis has greatly impacted all industries across the world and the legal industry is no exception. Recently conducted studies show how the pandemic instigated a spike in the stress and anxiety levels of lawyers. Thus, a significant increase of alcoholism, mental health distress, and other related health problems had been noted in the legal industry. This underscores the importance of having a mental health response program that could provide attorney-specific clinical interventions.
Our panel of key thought leaders and practitioners will offer a comprehensive discussion of legal professionals’ mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers will also provide significant tips and strategies on how to maintain sound mental well-being in the legal industry, especially in these trying times.
Key issues that will be covered in this course are:
- Mental Health Issues in the Legal Profession
- COVID-19 Implications on Lawyers’ Mental Well Being
- Identifying Red Flag Behaviors
- Clinical and Legal Interventions and Protocols for Attorneys with Mental Diagnosis
- Creating a Safe Work Environment for Lawyers During a Pandemic
- Best Practices
Carolyn Wolf, Executive Partner
Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP
- Personal and Professional Self-Care During COVID-19: Coping with Prolonged Stress and Anxiety.
- Identifying “red flag” behaviors on virtual platforms: Signs of mental health issues, alcohol and/or substance abuse.
- Mental Health Legal Tool Kit: Legal and clinical interventions available to support those in need.
Mark Yacano, Managing Director
Major, Lindsey & Africa
- How to ask for help if you are feeling depressed or overwhelmed
- What to expect from therapy
- How to build on work done in therapy
- How to understand medication as part of your therapy
- How to talk about your feelings with others
Terry Harrell, Executive Director
Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program
- General statistics on Lawyer SUD and other MH issues pre-CoVID
- Alcohol Use during the Pandemic
- LAPs as a Resource
- Self-care generally and during a pandemic
Doris Gundersen, Medical Director
Colorado Physician Health Program
- The Psychological Impact of a Pandemic
Who Should Attend:
- Law Office Managers
Carolyn Reinach Wolf is an Executive Partner in the law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP and Director of the Firm's Mental Health Law practice. She is the only attorney in the country with a family-focused practice dedicated to serving individuals and families struggling with serious mental illness and/or alcohol/drug addiction. Supported by a team of expert clinicians, she specializes in navigating the complex landscape of legal issues utilizing her mental health toolkit to coordinate services for those in need. She also represents institutions, mental health, healthcare and addiction professionals, and higher educational institutions. Ms. Wolf is a regular contributor to Psychology Today and was profiled by The New York Times in a 2013 story entitled, “A Guide in the Darkness,” which ran on the front page of the Sunday Edition Metro section.
Carolyn Reinach Wolf is an Executive Partner in the law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & …
Mark Yacano is the host of “Erasing the Stigma, Conversations About Mental Health in the Legal Profession” podcast. He cares deeply about the well-being of attorneys and staff in the legal profession and is passionate about addressing that systemic mental health issues that put the profession at risk.
Mark’s legal career spans more than thirty years. In private practice he was an accomplished product liability lawyer and a nationally prominent expert in eDiscovery. Also, Mark co-managed a national litigation firm and guided it through a strategic merger. Today, he consults with in-house legal departments, helping them work smarter and better.
Mark Yacano is the host of “Erasing the Stigma, Conversations About Mental Health in the Legal Profession” podcast. He cares …
Terry L. Harrell, JD, LCSW, LCAC, MAC, has been Executive Director of the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program for almost 20 years, following a decade of work in the mental health field. Terry is active with the Indiana State Bar Association and a Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation, currently co-chairing the state bar wellness committee. She serves on the American Bar Association's Commission on Lawyer Assistance Program’s Policy and Well-Being Committees, serves on the National Task Force on Lawyer Well Being, and serves as an advisor on the New York State Bar Association Attorney Well-Being Task Force. For her own well-being Terry likes to train with her dog, run, walk, and read. The Indiana Supreme Court Employee Book Club is her new favorite activity. It provides both an opportunity to read books she might not have discovered and a welcome opportunity to connect with co-workers during the pandemic.
Terry L. Harrell, JD, LCSW, LCAC, MAC, has been Executive Director of the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program for …
Dr. Doris Gundersen is board certified in both general adult and forensic psychiatry. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado where she teaches medical students residents and fellows. Additionally Dr. Gundersen maintains a private practice in general adult and forensic psychiatry.
In 2000, Dr. Gundersen was invited to join the Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) team and for twenty years, has been dedicated to assisting physicians with serious illnesses and providing education to medical communities locally, nationally and internationally concerning physician health. She served as CPHP’s medical director for ten years. She has collaborated with her CPHP colleagues on physician health research and coauthored articles accepted for publication.
Dr. Doris Gundersen is board certified in both general adult and forensic psychiatry. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in …
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NY Category of CLE Credit:
Ethics and Professionalism
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About Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP
The legal team at Abrams Fensterman is committed to providing each client with quality counsel, innovative solutions and personalized service. Founded in 2000, the firm offers the legal expertise of its 90-plus attorneys, who have accumulated experience and problem-solving skills over decades of practice.
The firm initially built its reputation for excellence through its representation of health care providers in all aspects of health care law. The firm is composed of partners who have been recognized for their work in the field of regulatory law, transactional health care representation, white collar criminal defense and mental health law. Abrams Fensterman is the only firm in New York with a family-focused mental healthcare practice. The firm boasts experienced attorneys in a multitude of other practice areas. Capitalizing on these strengths, Abrams Fensterman has grown to become a well-recognized, full-service law firm.
About Major, Lindsey & Africa
Major, Lindsey & Africa, is the largest dedicated legal recruiting and consulting firm in the world. For more than 35 years, the world’s leading law firms, lawyers and corporations have chosen Major, Lindsey & Africa to help them navigate the legal landscape. The firm helps lawyers chart the most rewarding career paths and provides law firms and corporations with access to the top legal talent. The founders built a company dedicated to cultivating excellence and diversity in the legal profession. In addition, Major, Lindsey & Africa’s Transform Advisory Services team helps both law firms and legal departments improve the performance of their people and strengthen their systems and processes to excel at the business of law. A deeply experienced team of consultants works with clients to design bespoke Talent Development, Organizational Design, and Legal Operations services to companies in all phases of development. For a full view of Major, Lindsey & Africa’s services visit us at https://www.mlaglobal.com/en. Major, Lindsey & Africa has offices in more than 25 major markets across the United States, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific. This unique global footprint gives the firm the ability to deliver superior results to candidates and clients all over the world.
About Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program
The Indiana Judge and Lawyers Assistance Program provides confidential, compassionate support to all judges, lawyers, and law students by promoting well-being, improving lives, and fostering connection—thereby elevating the competence of our profession.
About Colorado Physician Health Program
The Colorado Physician Health Program is a peer assistance service for physicians who are struggling with addiction, psychiatric disorders and medical disorders. We provide comprehensive health assessments, referral to treatment, supportive monitoring and opine on fitness for duty.