Substance Abuse

CLE on Dealing with Clients and Attorneys with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues

There has been a recent trend in the last few years to place greater emphasis on how substance abuse and mental health issues affects attorneys and the clients they represent. The following specific personality disorders will be discussed: paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal, avoidant, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dependent, antisocial, histrionic, borderline and narcissistic. In this course, attorney Amy Allemann will address mental health and substance…

CA CLE: Don’t Forget the Legal Ethics, Bias and Competence Issues by the California MCLE Deadline

Under the CA MCLE Rules, California attorneys are required to complete 25 hours CA MCLE every 3 years. Of those 25 required CA CLE hours, attorneys must complete at least 12.5 hours for participatory credit. OR put another way you CANNOT complete more than 12.5 hours of self-study credit.[1] CA MCLE Requirement – Specialty Credits 4 Legal Ethics 1 Competence Issues 1…

CA CLE: California MCLE Deadline is February 1

Don’t worry, there’s is still plenty of time to get your California MCLE done! If you’re an attorney whose last name states with H-M, you still have a few months left to get your required California MCLE done! The deadline is not until February 1, 2018. 25 California MCLEs If you are a Group 2 (H-M) California attorney you must complete the…

New Ethics CLE: Ethics & the SmallLaw Attorney 

Complying with the ethical rules can be a challenge for solo and small firm practitioners. Small firm and solo practitioners normally handle nearly all legal and business aspects of the firm, as they often serve as their own marketing, administration, billing and collections departments. Ethics & the SmallLaw Attorney  Small firm and solo attorneys are especially susceptible to ethics violations because they…

California MCLE Reporting Deadline is March 1

The California MCLE compliance reporting deadline normally falls on February 1. However, due to a delayed start on the State Bar of California billing and MCLE compliance cycle, the Board of Trustees approved the CA MCLE reporting deadline for March 1. California Group 3 attorneys (last names N-Z) who are reporting compliance for the 2/1/2014-1/31/2017 compliance period must complete and report completing…

CA MCLE: Complete 1 Hour of Competence Issues

Under the California MCLE Rules, attorneys are required to complete 25 hours of minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) every three year CA MCLE compliance period. Due to the increased number of MCLE audits that the State Bar of California is now conducting each year, it is extremely important to properly complete your California MCLE requirement. Competence Issues At least one hour of…

Substance Abuse CLE Course: Don’t Give Up 5 Minutes Before the Miracle

Laurie Besden graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelors degree in criminology and criminal justice in 3.5 years with a 3.97 grade point average. In a matter of few short years she was taking 50 pain pills a day and going through $2,000 of cocaine every week. “I was addicted to Vicodin, a prescription medication for pain relief, and was…

CA MCLE: Don’t Forget Participatory & Legal Ethics!!

California attorneys with last names N-Z (Group 3) must complete and report and report compliance with the CA MCLE requirement by the February 1 CA CLE reporting deadline. California attorney beware: the State Bar of California  has been conducting thousands of California MCLE audits each year. Below, you will find some of the top mistakes California attorneys make when completing their CA MCLE. California…

CLE Course: Substance Abuse & the Legal Profession

Untreated addictions can seriously affect an attorney’s competence to practice law. Substance abuse and addiction can lead to late filings, missed court appearances, client defaults, poorly drafted pleadings, inappropriate settlements, local & state bar suspension, legal sanctions, restrictions & probation, unpaid dues & bills, disbarment, cancelled malpractice insurance and malpractice lawsuits against the lawyer and his or her client. Substance Abuse &…

CLE on Substance Abuse, Depression & Competence

Substance abuse and depression are two of the main contributors that affect an attorney’s competence to practice law. Substance abuse and depression also lead to high rates of suicide amongst lawyers. Attorneys are nearly twice as likely to have problems with drugs & alcohol and are nearly four times more likely to suffer from depression when compared to the general population. In…