Lawyers Helping Lawyers — Confidential Assistance and Ethical Duties

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

Monday, March 6, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Webcast with Live Q&A
  • Telephone with Live Q&A

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $145

This program is a webcast/telephone replay of a live seminar held in September 2016. It will feature live Q&A.


Why Attend?

You believe that your colleague has issues and you would like to help without getting the lawyer into trouble with the Virginia State Bar. There may be a way.

  • Learn how to get confidential help from Lawyers Helping Lawyers
  • Learn the steps lawyers should take when faced with substance abuse ormental health issues themselves or with colleagues

Learn how to get confidential help from Lawyers Helping Lawyers, Virginia’s Lawyer Assistance Program, for yourself or a colleague. George Hettrick and David Mercer will discuss the steps lawyers should take when faced with substance abuse or mental health issues.

  • What is a lawyer's ethical duty when he or she has reason to believe that a lawyer is having problems?
  • What if that lawyer is a member of your firm?  Opposing counsel in a case?
  • What actions should the other lawyers in a law firm take to protect clients if one of their members has a problem?
  • Must they, for example, take over client files and, if so, what should they tell the client?
  • Can a lawyer discharge his ethical duty under Rule 8.3 merely by reporting the lawyer to a Lawyers Assistance Program or Lawyers Helping Lawyers?
  • Would your answer depend on whether you knew of any misconduct that required reporting to the bar?
  • Is depression or substance abuse by a lawyer misconduct that must be reported to the bar?
  • What bar disciplinary proceedings are triggered for lawyers when they are convicted of a felony?
  • Are all felonies the same for purposes of a lawyer losing his or her license?
  • Should lawyers suffer discipline for criminal conduct that is purely personal and not related to the practice of law?
  • Is a lawyer required to self-report to the bar that he or she has been convicted of a felony?
  • If a lawyer is suspended or disbarred, may another law firm hire the suspended or disbarred lawyer?  If so, in what capacity and under what terms and conditions?

Lawyers Helping Lawyers offers free, confidential help that is not part of the disciplinary system of the Virginia State Bar. See more at Call a 24-hour hotline at 1-877-545-4682.


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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
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Live on Site: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Walk-in registration is permitted on a space-available basis

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.

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2:00 Lawyers Helping Lawyers — Confidential Assistance and Ethical Duties
3:45 Question-and-Answer Session
4:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.



George H. Hettrick, Hunton & Williams LLP / Richmond

George Hettrick has been practicing law with Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, since 1965.  He served on the board of directors  of the Virginia Lawyers Helping Lawyers program (and its predecessor organization) from 1991 until 2015.  From 2000 until 2008 he also served as a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyers Assistance programs.

David S. Mercer, MercerTrigiani / Alexandria

David Mercer is a founding partner of MercerTrigiani, a law firm in Alexandria, Virginia, providing representation to community associations.  Mr. Mercer served as a member and chair of The Virginia Bar Association Substance Abuse Committee, responsible for administering the Lawyers Helping Lawyers program.  He served as president of Lawyers Helping Lawyers in 2003 and 2004.  Mr. Mercer was named to the first class of recipients of the Leaders in the Law recognition by Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2006 for his work on behalf of Lawyers Helping Lawyers.  Mr. Mercer is president-elect of The Virginia Bar Association.

Sridhar Yaratha, M.D., RVA Recovery / Richmond

Dr. Sridher Yaratha is a psychiatrist with RVA Recovery in Richmond, VA. He provides outpatient mental health and substance abuse evaluations and treatment and coordinating group therapy programs. He is the attending Psychiatrist at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond as well as an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

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