Online CLEs

Substance Abuse and Competency

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You don’t have to be a long-in-the-tooth lawyer to know that alcohol is a persistent, pervasive problem for legal practitioners.  It is a sobering fact that lawyers suffer from alcohol abuse problems at a rate three times the general population! While we can all guess as to why this is the case (crazy clients/unrealistic partnership demands/court deadlines), everyone agrees that help is needed.  And help is available.  This class is for all attorneys and focuses on the perils, both professionally and personally, from substance abuse. Specifically, this class goes over Model Rules 1.1, 1.6, 5.1, 8.3 case examples where attorneys have been disciplined for violating these rules.  If the legal profession were Hollywood, there are Hallmark-Christmas stories, comedies and unfortunately, tragedies.  We will cover them all.  Our purposes are (1) to help attorneys self-identify any potential problems and (2) to tell those who need it that help is available.

Instructions: To start this course please click on “Video 1”. The course is broken up into four 15 minute segments (for 1 hour courses) or four 30 minute segments (for 2 hour courses). You must complete each video segment in order to move on to the next. At some point in the video, there will be a passcode spoken and displayed on the screen, please write this passcode down, as you will need to enter it at the end of CLE to verify attendance.