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CLE: Practicing Law Should Not Kill You

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Lawyers are near the top of some bad categories when it comes to all professions. We are near the top in substance abuse, suicide depression, anxiety, divorce, and burnout. Those are just the boxes that I check. Lawyers rate very poorly when it comes to job satisfaction as well.

You may be wondering what that looks like. You’re looking at Exhibit 1. I crossed the line into alcoholism by my estimate in 1992. It’s a progressive disease. It will only get worse, never better. I was diagnosed with depression in 2001. It wasn’t the deep, dark kind, but it affects my life none the less. I first went I to AA in 2002. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t listen and follow through.  Things progressed badly. On my sobriety, I was within seconds of suicide. I finally asked for help. I contacted ALAP and asked for help. I went to long-term treatment and got well.

It’s 2023. Thank goodness there’s a lot less stigma attached to mental illness. Help is a lot closer than you think. I promise you’re not bothering anyone. You can reach out to friends, colleagues, judges, and even opposing counsel. You can call ALAP. Jeanne Marie, who was the Director in 2004 saved my life. You can call me. I will talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime about any of this.

Do you want to get better? Ask for help. If you are an alcoholic or addict, AA or NA are available almost everywhere. If your spouse is one, then there’s ALANON. Discuss your issues with your PCP. Exercise, meditate, or join other support groups.

There is hope for everyone.



April 19
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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