Managing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues for Lawyers: Key Considerations

May 28, 2020

Hounded by stress and pressure, lawyers have long struggled with mental health and substance use disorders more than any other professional. A 2016 study reveals that a significant number of lawyers are positive for drug use, problematic drinking, and mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and panic disorder.

This significant problem calls for law firms to implement policies that will encourage their lawyers to seek assistance through treatment programs. It is also crucial that the management understands the significance of early intervention to ensure maximum positive results.

Listen as seasoned lawyers Carolyn Reinach Wolf (Abrams Fensterman) and Pamela Polacek (McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC) present an in-depth discussion of the prevalence of substance use and mental health issues among lawyers. Speakers will offer helpful tips and strategies that law firms can implement in developing policies that will better promote lawyers’ wellness.

Key topics include:

  • Substance Use and Mental Health Issues – Statistics
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders as Professionalism/Ethics Issues
  • Addressing Treatment Challenges
  • Lawyer Wellness – Best Practices and Strategies for Law Firms
  • Outlook


Live Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Recording Available: Friday, May 29, 2020

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Pamela Polacek