Stress & Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession

Credit Hours

CA1.00(Includes 1.00 Competence Issues)
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Course Description

Practicing law is considered a high risk profession when it comes to substance abuse and depression. Roughly 1 in 4 experience these types of problems throughout their career. In this program, the former Director of the California State Bar Lawyer Assistant Program, Richard Carlton, examines the problem and offers valuable tools on combatting these issues.

Among the topics discussed, Mr. Carlton will look at why lawyers are prone to substance abuse and depression, examine the effects law school and legal practice tends to have on one's personality, talk about the psychology physiology of stress, and discuss improved mental health through mindfulness, meditation, and time management.

Length: 56min

Member Reviews

Fantastic presentation. This should be required viewing for 1Ls!
- David L.
Very insightful information. Makes you think and, more importantly, makes you want to take action. Thanks! Great job!
- Cedric H.
What a pleasant surprise. This presentation -- concise, clear, and to-the-point -- was full of valuable insights worth applying both professionally and personally.
- Allan M.
An exceptional presentation.
- Arthur L.
- Amy J.
Most insightful and useful presentation on substance abuse in my 30+ years of being a member of the CA bar.
- Anne K.
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Meet the Lecturer(s)

Richard Carlton

Delivering popular Competence MCLE presentations for law firms and bar associations stressing coping and mindfulness skills relevant for legal professionals. Consultant to judicial agencies on matters of judicial stress and wellness. Providing confidential consultation to judges throughout the Western United States via toll-free assistance lines. Previously managed the Lawyer Assistance Program for the State Bar of California for 5 years. Delivered more than two dozen MCLE presentations in 2015 and 2016 throughout California.

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