Depression and Suicide in the Legal Profession: Practicing from the Shadows

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

Thursday, October 4, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
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Thursday, October 25, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
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MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $150

Information

Why Attend?

  • Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression
  • Learn the steps lawyers should take when faced with depression or suicidal issues in   themselves or with colleagues
  • Develop an understanding of the pervasiveness of this problem in the legal profession
  • Hear from lawyers who suffered from depression and overcame it

In 2014 a collaborative study conducted by the American Bar Association and the Hazeldon-Betty Ford Foundation found that 28% of attorneys suffered from depression; 11.5% reported suicidal ideation during their career; 2.9% reported engaging in self-injurious acts, and .07 % had attempted suicide on at least one occasion. More recent studies show that attorneys are in the top two or three professions to commit suicide—Virginia is not immune to this statistic.

Increase your understanding and compassion for members of the profession who suffer from depression. Develop an understanding of the ethical responsibilities an attorney has when faced with depression in him/herself or other members of the legal community. Learn how a mental health disability is handled by the Virginia State Bar. This program will address these questions:

  • 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 by a lawyer misconduct that must be reported to the bar?
  • How is a disability suspension different from any other suspension?

Lawyers Helping Lawyers offers free, confidential help that is not part of the disciplinary system of the Virginia State Bar. See more at www.valhl.org. 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
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar
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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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (October 4)

2:00 Depression and Suicide in the Legal Profession: Practicing from the Shadows
3:45 Question-and-Answer Session
4:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Charlottesville begins at 1:30 p.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (October 25)

10:00 Depression and Suicide in the Legal Profession: Practicing from the Shadows
11:45 Question-and-Answer Session
12:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

James E. Leffler, MS LPC Clinical Director—Lawyers Helping Lawyers / Richmond

Jim Leffler has worked at Lawyers Helping Lawyers since January, 2004. He has been licensed as a professional counselor since 1990.

Alana “Sherrise” Powers, Attorney / Norfolk

Sherrise Powers has been practicing in the Hampton Roads area since 1999. Her practice primarily focused initially in criminal prosecution and defense in the public arena. For 10 years she had a general law practice, and then she managed the satellite traffic and criminal defense office in Hampton Roads for FirstPoint Law Group, PC, in Fairfax, VA.  Currently, she is transitioning to the government sector and does some pro bono work for her church.  After graduating from Regent University’s Law School in 1996, Ms. Powers became the first female Assistant Commandant at the Virginia Military Institute, playing an integral role to ensure that the U.S. Justice Department would not have to become directly involved due to any Title IX issues arising from the assimilation of women into the Corps of Cadets.  She is retired after twenty-one years combined in the active and reserve components of the U.S. Army.  

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