Attorney Licensure and the Impaired Professional

Presented by Laurie Besden & Tracy Kepler

(349 Reviews)
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Course Description

Length: 1h 3min    Published: 2/17/2022    
Substance use disorders and mental health challenges can affect any attorney regardless of gender, culture, ethnicity, age, or socioeconomic status. This program, taught by seasoned attorneys Tracy Kepler and Laurie Besden, instructs attorneys on how to recognize the impaired professional, provides various resources to assist in the recovery, and identifies the possible disciplinary implications of an impaired attorneys' conduct. Ms. Besden will share her personal journey from the darkness and depths of despair, while struggling with a substance use disorder, as a license attorney, to her path of long-term recovery, where she received a full Governor’s Pardon by Governor Wolf in 2020.
Learning Objectives
* Understand substance use disorders and mental health challenges as medical diagnoses and how their prevalence rates affect the legal professional as told by one of the presenters, that is in long term recovery herself
* Spot warning signs of, and learn how to begin the conversation with, an impaired attorney
* Learn about the interface between potential attorney disciplinary action and impairment as well as possible reporting obligations
* Identify confidential, safe, free, and supportive resources available to the impaired legal professional, their family members, and their colleagues
* Learn several wellness tips that you can apply in your daily life, without much effort, that will positively impact your mental health, both personally and professionally.

Speaker Q&A

Presented By:

Laurie Besden

Tracy Kepler

Chicago, IL

Featured Reviews

"I thought this course was emotionally engaging, informative and a healthy reality check."

   Hyman B

"Extremely compelling and engaging."

   Patricia L