Depression and Suicide Prevention for Lawyers
Depression and suicide are the biggest problem lawyers face.
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Wellness Week 2021
The evidence is in and can no longer be ignored: Too many lawyers aren't paying attention to their own personal well-being. And with COVID-19 things are really stressful.  Therefore, it is time to take-action.
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Mindfulness for Delaware Lawyers
Time: May 3, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
May 10, 2021 04:00 PM
May 17, 2021 04:00 PM
May 24, 2021 04:00 PM
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Brett Favre opens up about his addiction to painkillers
On the latest episode of his podcast, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre shared a personal story about opioid addiction: his own.
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How Rob Lowe Embraced Sobriety to Become the Person He Always Wanted to Be
"The only way to stay in recovery is to be honest with yourself on a minute-by-minute basis. No secrets, no double life. And you have to get real," says the 56-year-old actor, who is busier than ever. "That's what acting is all about - being real and being honest.
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After Turbulent Year, Bar Associations Urge Lawyers To Focus on Mental Health
"We are in the business of handling our client's most pressing problems," said Larry McDougal, the State Bar of Texas president. "That constant workload is stressful, and chronic stress impacts our mental health and can result in serious anxiety disorders and depression."
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The no-drug approach to mild depression
Looking for a boost or alternative to antidepressant medicines? Here are four therapies that may help relieve your symptoms.
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Preparing for and Coming to Terms with Retirement
A three-part series that will explore the practical issues of preparing for retirement, the physical characteristics of aging and the emotional aspects of retirement from the legal profession.

Part One of the Series: Do you want to retire on your own terms?
Friday, January 22, 2021 2:00-4:00 p.m. via Zoom Webinar (Free CLE 2 Hours of Ethics Credit)

This presentation is a primer to the practical aspects of retirement including what lawyers need do to protect their clients' interests. The panel will focus on the significant benefits of succession planning rather than leaving one of your most valuable assets to strangers to wind down.

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Part Two of the Series: I feel great - I can work forever!
February 26, 2021 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Part Three of the Series: Being a Lawyer is who I am - who will I be and what will I do if I retire?
March 26, 2021 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In order to attend this Zoom webinar, you must first install Zoom on your desktop or mobile device. You then may register for the webinar at any time prior to January 22, 2021 by cutting and pasting the URL below into a new web browser. You may also do so just prior to the seminar time but may experience a slight delay entering the seminar. For this reason, you are encouraged to register in advance. Upon registering, you will be required to enter your name, email address, and bar ID number. If you do not recall your Bar ID #, enter zeros (0000).

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. Use the URL in the confirmation email to join the meeting. You may join from any PC, MAC, iPad, or Android device that has a camera. (You may not join the webinar by phone only because attendance tracking is required for CLE credit.) Your attendance will be automatically monitored beginning at the scheduled start time and will be completed when the CLE has ended. If you enter or leave the meeting after or before the scheduled start/end time, you will receive credit only for the time you attended.

In addition to registering for the CLE webinar, you must complete and submit an online attendance certification form located on ODC's website in order to receive CLE credit. A link for the form will be provided at the end of the seminar, or you may access the form through ODC's website: If you have any questions, please contact ODC at (302) 651-3931.

Please Note: This program is not pre-approved for Pennsylvania C.L.E. credit. To the extent you wish to seek credit, you must contact Pennsylvania directly and may use the above program note to support your application for credit.Read more about how Americans have been affected since 2016 and how the 2020 election could further impact our physical and mental health here. At this link, you'll also find Headspace's "election collection" of meditations - available for FREE until November 16th.
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Report on CoLAP's Law School Wellness Survey
The recently released 3rd issue of the 68th volume of the AALS Journal of Legal Education features the highly-anticipated "Where Are We on the Path to Law Student Well-Being?: Report on the ABA CoLAP's Law Student Assistance Committee Law School Wellness Survey."

The report, authored by Jordana Alter Confino, explores responses to the aforementioned survey and the recommendations of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being and surveys the current landscape of well-being initiatives underway at law schools across the country.
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Behind the Cool Image: 2020 - 2021
Make DE-LAP'S 2020-2021 Season of Behind the Cool Image: Lawyering in the 21st Century your transitional Tuesday power lunch. Our 2020-2021 season kicks off next Tuesday, ON LINE, at noon, October 13th, 2020. The theme for the entire 2020-2021 Season of Behind the Cool Image is: It's all about you!

The webinars are free, hosted by DE-LAP, and facilitated by David Garten, Paul Sherman, (Co-Founders of ASKWHATMATTTERS) and Christopher Lhulier, Esquire. The issues addressed in the October kick-off program is your recommended starting point in the "Ask What Matters?!" learning series. It introduces the concept of Well-Being and provides hands-on experience with the "Ask What Matters?!" Framework for Total Well-Being. In this interactive 60-minute instructor-led virtual workshop you will:

Determine your current level of stress and Well-Being
Pinpoint focus areas for improving Well-Being
Recognize and address your personal barriers to Well-Being
Assess whether you are spending your time and energy on the things you have set as priorities
Apply a pragmatic 5-step research-based framework to enhance Well-Being
Identify and commit to one action to immediately improve your Well-Being

Each monthly webinar takes place at noon and is not only free; but open to the Delaware Legal community, including but not limited to: Judges, Justices of Peace, lawyers, law firm administrators, law staff, government agencies and law students. Do It now and pencil yourself in for:

October 13, 2020: Jumpstart for Legal Professionals: Your Path to Total Well Being
November 17, 2020: The Burden of Proof: Letting Go of Unwanted Perfectionism
January 2021: Take Charge: Navigating Work, Home and other Competing Priorities
February 2021 Power-Up: Practical Approaches for accessing and Maintaining Energy and Engagement


When: Oct 13, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

All registrants (Judges/Lawyers) wishing to receive the CLE credit, there is a charge for the CLE credit and you must register for the credits SEE ATTACHED CLE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION.

For more information call DE-LAP'S confidential line (302) 777-0124 or e-mail
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Law School Mental Health Day 2020

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The Post-COVID-19 Guide to Employee Engagement
Engagement is more than ping pong tables and free lunches. It is about creating an environment and a culture where engaged employees thrive. An engaged employee is someone who understands and believes in the direction the organization is going. They understand how their role affects and contributes to the organization's purpose, mission and objectives. And lastly, they genuinely want the organization to succeed, and feel shared success with the organization.
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Where Are We on the Path to Law Student Well-Being?
Report on the ABA CoLAP Law Student Assistance Committee Law School Wellness Survey
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Majority of minority female lawyers consider leaving law; ABA study explains why
Seventy percent of female minority lawyers report leaving or considering leaving the legal profession, according to an ABA report on the challenges that they face.

The statistic isn't statistically significant because the researchers couldn't find enough women of color in longtime practice to conduct the needed analysis, according to a preface to the report, Left Out and Left Behind: The Hurdles, Hassles, and Heartaches of Achieving Long-Term Legal Careers for Women of Color.
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Dear COLAP Community
The purpose of the legal profession is to ensure harmonious interaction between society (any organization) and individuals." That requires the Rule of Law, equal justice, and equal protection, at a minimum. Indeed, there can be no other profession for which the words "equal justice," "racial equality," and "equal protection" should be more precious than in the practice of law. Those ideals are the heartbeat of the American judiciary. And yet, the injustices surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and Breonna Taylor, and others, serve to magnify the truth - that as Americans, we have a 400-year history of racial oppression, inequality, and most devastatingly to those of us in the legal profession - injustice for our Black citizens. This is unacceptable.

Centuries of racial injustice have resulted in cultural and systematic bias against people of color that is evidenced across every segment of American society: in our laws, our data sets, our workforce, our services, and our health outcomes. It is proven that our Black community is disproportionately vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic for a myriad of economic, societal, and social justice reasons.

The Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (COLAP) has fought for many years to minimize the stigma and bias affiliated with the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues for those in the legal profession with mental health disorders and diseases including addiction, depression, bi-polar disorder, and others. We have also participated in the research and written the reports on the positive impact of inclusion and diversity on lawyer well-being. "Research reflects that organizational diversity and inclusion initiatives are associated with employee well-being, including, for example, general mental and physical health, perceived stress level, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, trust, work engagement perceptions of organizational fairness, and intentions to remain on the job."[1]
Despite the progress made, we have failed to minimize the bias affiliated with racial inequality and unequal representation in many of our own programs. We acknowledge that on our own leadership boards, and in our volunteer ranks, many states remain devoid of adequate representation of our underserved populations including Black and brown law students, lawyers, and judges.

We acknowledge that inclusion must guide our behavior and that we must be intentional in our effort to create sustainable structural change at a systemic level. Inclusion requires valuing collaboration and diversity of thought, experiences, and perspective. There is no room for division, hatred, or racist views in a culture that values inclusion.

It is COLAP's intention to promote good mental health and well-being for all members of the legal community regardless of race, cultural background, age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, transgender status, faith, language, or health status. To do so, we will explore our own biases and then act to make changes that are necessary to reflect an inclusive and cohesive group. As lawyers and as individuals committed to helping improve the health and well-being of our legal community, it is our calling to promote peace, harmony, and unity in our profession.

This is a time of challenge and controversy. But we know what is right. "To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice." Confucius. We stand together in our allegiance to promote racial fairness, equity, and equality, thereby promoting lawyer well-being. Let us be brave.

American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs

This statement represents the opinions of the individual members of the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. It has not been approved by the ABA House of Delegates and does not constitute policy or opinion of the American Bar Association, whose official statement can be found at...
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Our hearts are heavy
The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) joins with others in our legal community in mourning the tragic death of George Floyd and its wake. Our hearts are heavy.

Talking about and processing these feelings is very important for an individual, as well as a community, in order to start the healing process.

If you need someone to talk to, DE-LAP is available to provide confidential support however we can. Licensed and certified health care professionals are here for you, Delaware's legal Community.

There is much work to be done moving forward and DE-LAP is here to help.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about free, confidential DE-LAP services to our Delaware Legal Community including, but not limited to: Judges, Justices of the Peace, lawyers, and government/law office staff - call Carol at (302) 777-0124 or e-mail
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FREE, CONFIDENTIAL call-in service for Delaware’s legal professionals
In this period of monumental change, both professionally and personally, The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) understands that the legal culture is often resistant in asking for help.

For that reason, the Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) together with The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Fund (DELAF) have developed a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL call-in service for Delaware's legal professionals. This service is a free and confidential way for Delaware Judges, Lawyers and Legal Professionals to discuss your own anxieties with DE-LAP'S CORE TEAM of licensed, health-care professionals during this coronavirus crises and time of upheaval.

If you, or someone you know, needs to just talk - please take advantage of DE-LAP's new, mental health call-in service to our team of licensed health-care professionals, designed especially for the legal culture.

Call the DE-LAP CORE LICENSED TEAM DIRECTLY, or for more information call DE-LAP's confidential line (302) 777-0124 or e-mail DE-LAP'S CORE LICENSED TEAM IS:

Dr. Sarah Falgowski, M.D.
Delaware Psychiatry and Wellness
1500 Shallcross Avenue,
Ste 1A-5
Wilmington, DE 19806
Tel. 302-588-2680
Fax: 302-202-3239

Rich Lombino, Esq, LCSW
Therapist & Lawyer
Lombino Counseling LLC
1521 Concord Pike, Suite 301
Wilmington, DE 19803
(302) 273-0700 (Phone)
(302) 273-0605 (Fax)

Alice R. O'Brien, MS, NCC, LPCMH
Counseling at Sussex Cottage
4800 Lancaster Pike
WIlmington, DE 19807
(302) 521-3859

We Do Together What Need Not Be Done Alone!

Carol P. Waldhauser, Executive Director
The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program
405 N. King Street, Suite 100B
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 777-0124
Cell: (410) 409-8874

DE-LAP is a Confidential, Free, Non-Judgmental Service Just for Delaware Lawyers and Judges
Online Meetings
f you, or someone in your family or life, wants to attend a 12step support group but cannot, or will not go out, please think about on-line 12 step support meetings.
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Provided by ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs
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Stress Busters in Challenging Times
When things seem completely overwhelming, we often feel powerless, fearful, and stuck. Yet research shows that 20 percent of stress is what happens to us; 80 percent is how we deal with it. So how can we go about transforming stress?
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Are you concerned for yourself or another member of the profession? Get free, confidential help through your lawyers assistance program.
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Jane Pauley opens up about bipolar diagnosis
After more than 30 years reporting the news, Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Jane Pauley put a very public face on bipolar disorder. She revealed she had taken a break from the spotlight and spent three weeks in a psychiatric clinic after being diagnosed in 2001. Pauley is an advocate for mental health and the host of "CBS Sunday Morning." She joins "CBS This Morning's" special "Stop the Stigma" broadcast to discuss when she was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
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Rethinking Drinking
Do you enjoy a drink now and then?
Many of us do, often when socializing with friends and family.

For anyone who drinks, this site offers valuable, research-based information. What do you think about taking a look at your drinking habits and how they may affect your health? Rethinking Drinking can help you get started.
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Factsheet: Vicarious Trauma
Some lawyers work with vulnerable or traumatised clients and this
will often involve hearing or reading an account from a client about
something bad happening in their life.
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Let’s Break the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness
Now more than ever, attorneys are facing challenges with stress, anxiety, and mental illness - and this struggle all too often results in substance abuse, depression, or even suicide. To make matters worse, attorneys feel like they are unable to talk about mental illness as it will be seen as a sign of weakness. Indeed, there is a stigma surrounding mental illness that clients will not hire you, that opposing counsel will take advantage of you, or that The Florida Bar will find you unfit to practice law. This stigma ends now.
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The first survey into the wellbeing of judges and magistrates reveals a judiciary coping well with high stress work, but many show signs of distress and risk of burnout
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Dr. Jennifer Ashton on 'Life After Suicide'
ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton is sharing the story of her ex-husband Rob's suicide and how it affected her family in her new book, "Life After Suicide: Finding Courage, Comfort & Community After Unthinkable Loss," in hopes of helping others heal after a similarly unthinkable tragedy.
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New: Well-Being Template for Legal Employers
The Policy Committee of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and the ABA Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession developed a Well-Being Template for Legal Employers to provide suggested guidelines to legal employers for responding to an employee who is experiencing impairment due to a substance use disorder, mental health disorder or cognitive impairment. The template is intended to serve as a tool that can be modified as needed to suit the individual employer. Each employer should tailor this document to meet the specific needs of its workplace, taking into consideration size, resources and practice setting, as well as consult with labor and employment counsel.
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I could not stand being alone in my brain
Islanders goalie Robin Lehner opens up about his addiction and bipolar diagnosis
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Day-to-day reality of depression may not look like you think
Even though I was a psychology major in college, it caught me off guard when my therapist said I had high-functioning depression. I didn't feel sad, I just felt numb. I was emotionally detached from myself and others. Yet, I told myself I was fine because I woke up each morning, showered, got dressed, showed up to work, did everything I needed to and went to the gym before heading home at the end of the day. Treatment involved a combination of talk therapy, a low-dose antidepressant for six months and a lot of self-care.

When I am doing my presentations on lawyer well-being, I make a point to talk about the many faces of depression. Sure, for some, depression can look as you might imagine: the inability to function or fulfill one's daily responsibilities and to be in a constant state of gloom. But this isn't true for everyone. As you'll see from the stories below, there are many faces to depression and many paths for getting better.
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He made his way to the top of 'Big Law.'
Then his drinking almost brought him down
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All adults should be screened for unhealthy alcohol use, new guidelines say
You can expect a "drinking checkup" when you visit the doctor. All adults, including pregnant women, should be screened for unhealthy alcohol use by their primary care physicians, the United States Preventive Services Task Force advises. For those patients who drink above the recommended limits, doctors should provide brief counseling to help them reduce their drinking, according to the new task force statement published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA.
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Big Law Killed My Husband
An Open Letter From a Sidley Partner's Widow
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Michael Phelps opens up about his struggle with depression
Michael Phelps opens up about his struggle with depression, and how he's found happiness today
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Starting September 6th, DE-LAP is sponsoring a new mental health/resilience support group for lawyers.

This group is CONFIDENTIAL (closed to the public), free, and facilitated by licensed mental health professionals every Thursday at noon.

Call DE-LAP (302) 777-0124 OR e-mail FOR LOCATION.

Remember, getting help does not sabotage your career; but not getting help can.
NEW Well-Being Toolkit for Lawyers and Legal Employers
The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being's 2017 report shined a spotlight on evidence that too many lawyers face mental health and substance use disorders or otherwise aren't thriving. Wanting to support the effort to catalyze positive change, American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass formed a Presidential Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession in September 2017. Its focus is on helping legal employers support healthy work environments, which are critical for lawyer wellness. Research shows that if workplace cultures support well-being, lawyers will be better able to make good choices that allow them to thrive and be their best for clients, colleagues, and work organizations.
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DE-LAP Is Here For You
Whether you are stressed out, fearful, or just need an infusion of new energy - DE-LAP is here for you!
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US suicide rates increased more than 25% since 1999, CDC says
Suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016, according to research published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.
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White House launches new anti-opioid ad campaign aimed at youth
The White House launched a series of new advertisements Thursday aimed at warning young people about the dangers of opioids, taking another step in the effort to turn the tide against the deadly epidemic. The White House said its first public service campaign would include several partners, including the Office of National Drug Policy, the Ad Council and the Truth Initiative, surrounding four new ads featuring the true stories of young people who have battled addiction.
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Some BigLaw firms abstain from alcohol-centered events for summer associates
Some major law firms are opting for healthier and cultural-based events for their summer associates.

Two law firms making the switch are Goodwin Procter and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, the American Lawyer reports.
Goodwin Procter will schedule cooking classes, spinning classes, and cultural events such as museum tours.
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Brett Favre reveals Vicodin addiction
Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre revealed Monday that he once took 14 Vicodin at one time and ended up in rehab three times during his NFL career.
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Lawyers weigh in: Why is there a depression epidemic in the profession?
Through my job as director of content at Rocket Matter, I've learned a lot about this profession. One thing that has really stood out to me is how many lawyers are suffering.

Our website recently ran a five-part series on depression, substance abuse and wellness in the legal industry. The statistics are staggering: Lawyers are 3.6 times as likely to be depressed as people in other jobs, while the landmark 2016 American Bar Association and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation study found that 28 percent of licensed, employed lawyers suffer with depression. The study also showed that 19 percent have symptoms of anxiety and 21 percent are problem drinkers.
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Robert Downey Jr. Says He Lived Through '30 Years of Depravity and Despair'
Robert Downey Jr. got personal in front of thousands at Monday's Avengers: Infinity War world premiere.

Addressing the audience at the screening at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles (the same venue that hosts the Academy Awards), the Iron Man star, 53, referenced his battle with addiction in a sprawling and emotional speech.

"I want to talk about the past, present, and future," Downey said onstage, alongside his Avengers costars, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Chadwick Boseman. "The past for me was 30 years of dependency, depravity, and despair... otherwise known as 'An Actor Prepares!'"
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Law School Mental Health Day Tweets
On National Mental Health Day for Law Schools (March 28th), the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and Law Student Division hosted a live Twitter Chat aimed at encouraging students to seek help when they need it by addressing questions around stigma, bar application character and fitness, and anything else on the minds of students and those who care about them. They also encouraged law schools and students to share what they were doing for Mental Health Day by using the hashtag #LawStudentWellness.
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Gambling addiction among military draws attention
The only real noise they generate is the seemingly constant clanging of change streaming out of slot machines or the clack, clack, clack of the roulette wheel.

Other than that, the estimated 10 percent of military members and veterans who are battling with gambling addiction are fighting what one official calls "a virtually silent problem."
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ABA House of Delegates Adopts Lawyer Well-Being Resolution
The ABA House of Delegates adopted Resolution 105 at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, which supports the goal of reducing mental health and substance use disorders and improving the well-being of lawyers, judges and law students, and urges stakeholders within the legal profession to consider the recommendations set out in The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being.
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The search for alcohol treatment can feel overwhelming. We'll help you focus your search to find options that increase the chance for success.
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John Rogers Carroll
Dear LAP & COLAP Family:

I wanted to share with all of you the beautiful tribute/obituary of John Rogers Carroll appearing in the Philadelphia newspapers this morning.

John was instrumental in the creation and foundation of many LAP's outside of Pennsylvania. At this time, it is most appropriate that I, again, thank each of you for your service for it is us, collectively, that will carry the mission of LCL and John's legacy forward through service and helping the next person struggling with substance use and/or mental health disorders.

I am so truly grateful to all of you that have reached out to me with memories and sentiments about John. I will share all of them with the Carroll Family.

Thank you for all for your continued selfless service,

Laurie J. Besden, Esq.
Executive Director
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc.
1-800-335-2572, ext. 101
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BE BOLD, BE SHARP, BE AMAZING! Save the dates.

Attend one or attend all. Learn to be a fit attorney through wellness and stress management techniques, skills and tips while laughing, networking and eating.

Each month presents a new speaker on relevant topics.

Speaker January 24th Dr. Kendall Ritz, MD
Brandywine Center for Integrative Medicine
The link between Wellness and Stamina

February 21st Charles Slanina, Esquire
Finger & Slanina, LLC
Getting To The Heart of Lawyers Behaving Badly

March 21 Jeffrey Wasserman
Successful Transition & Change

April 18TH Christofer C. Johnson
Deputy Legal Counsel
Office of Governor John Carney
A Recipe for Lawyer Wellness

CLE Ethic Credit: Workshops, including lunch, are $10.00 each (only if no ethic credits requested)
If ethic's credit requested, the cost is $50.00 through DSBA - INCLUDES one (1) ethic credit and lunch for each session.

Hosted by: Your Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) - Carol Waldhauser and Rina Marks, ND, DNH (Marks of Wellness)
Where: The Bar Center, 405 N. King Street, Wilmington, DE
Time: 11:30 a.m. Networking/light fair lunch
12:00 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Question & Discussion after speaker optional

Who should attend? Everyone! Whether you have been practicing 2 years or 40 years, lawyers and judges will learn new strategies for positive change
as we discuss the need for a blueprint for your Fitness and Wellness today!

*To RSVP, or for more information, please call (302) 777-0124 or by e-mail
(Responses are needed for the purpose of ordering food.)

Remember, DE-LAP believes that healthy and happy lawyers lead to a healthy and happy profession!
Help For Delaware Lawyers
The Honorable Andrea L. Rocanelli provides an overview of DE-LAP's confidential help services and a serves-up a "call to action" for all Delaware Lawyers and Judges who are in need of help or have a colleague that is having problems in their professional or personal life.
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Mindfulness Matters
When we talk about "being mindful" we hear all sorts of definitions, and, frankly, a lot of hype sometimes. But mindfulness is really something quite simple: paying attention in the present moment without judging. While it is a very simple construct, its application in our lives is quite a bit of work, at least for adults. It turns out that children take to this practice easily, because being mindful is a mindset with which they are still familiar. As adults we turn our attention again and again to the past and the future, often at the expense of noticing the present moment. And sometimes, when we notice the present moment, we allow our memories or anticipation to cloud our perspective of what is happening right here, right now.
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New Virginia Ethics Opinion on Duty to Report Impaired Lawyers
In December 2016, Virginia State Bar Ethics Committee Opinion No. 1886 addressed the duties of supervisory lawyers in a firm to take preemptive action when a lawyer in the firm is suffering from an impairment that might affect his or her ability to represent clients. There, supervisory lawyers were uniquely found to have an obligation to take precautionary measures before misconduct occurs because of their duties under Rule 5.1 to ensure that other lawyers in the firm are complying with their ethical duties.
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Handling Hurricane Harvey: An employers’ checklist
Companies should divide up responsibility, develop a communications plan, contact their insurer and be supportive of employees.
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National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being
Creating a Movement To Improve Well-Being in the Legal Profession.
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America’s Drinking Problem Is Much Worse This Century
Alcohol abuse has shot up since 2001, and the number of adults who binge weekly may top the population of Texas.
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The Lawyer, the Addict
A high-powered Silicon Valley attorney dies. His ex-wife
investigates, and finds a web of drug abuse in his profession.
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People Facing Addiction - July 2017
Welcome to the first roundup of our highly popular People Facing Addiction blog series. Thank you to the hundreds of people who have submitted poignant stories of loss, recovery, and hope.
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Profile In Lawyer Recovery: AA And Beyond
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Reaching Tenth “Sober Birthday,” Colin Farrell Is Becoming a Tour De Force
What's your favorite scene from the 2005 reboot of Miami Vice? Do you have it in your mind? That puts you one step ahead of star Colin Farrell, who maintains to this day that he doesn't remember filming the movie...
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Addiction is a Disease
Addiction is a devastating, frightening, and confusing disease for anyone to experience. Join us to learn about the complex disease of addiction and how physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions all play a role in substance abuse disorders.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Refreshments available at 6:00 p.m.
Presentation at 6:30 p.m. with Q&A to follow.

TRIAD Addiction Recovery Services
Trinity Episcopal Church
1108 N. Adams Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Please RSVP by June 14th to TRIAD at 302-655-1153
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Bono and Zuckerberg Join the Fight Against Addiction.
Bono Joins Investors Backing Tech Firm EverFi That Tackles Alcohol Abuse and Addiction.
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Thank You For Facing Addiction, Mark Zuckerberg. Now, Let's Get To Work.
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Let's Chat... About Suicide.
Join us for a Live Twitter Chat -on-
Suicide Prevention and Postvention in the Legal Profession
Log into Twitter on
June 27, 2017 from 1 to 2pm ET
and use hashtag

Join the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (@ABACoLAP) in a live Q&A Twitter conversation about the disproportionately high rate of suicides in the legal profession, symptoms or behaviors that might indicate a person may be considering attempting suicide, and how to get help or refer someone to help or treatment when a crisis occurs.

With guests, Kate Bender of the Dave Nee Foundation (@NeeFoundation) and Yvette Hourigan of the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (@KYLAPtweets).
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How a Bout of Depression Led to Dwayne Johnson's Career-Defining Moment
After playing football for four years at the University of Miami, Dwayne Johnson was passed over by the NFL. While he played for the Canadian Football League for a short time, he was ultimately cut from his team, the Calgary Stampeders, and sent packing. At 23, Dwayne found himself living in his parents' small apartment, battling depression.
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New Video on Medication-Assisted Treatment
The Pew Charitable Trusts has released a new two-minute video on how medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can help people manage their opioid use disorder and help curb this pressing public health problem. The video dispels common misperceptions about the medications used in MAT, helps policymakers and health care providers understand that effective treatment exists, and emphasizes the fact that more people need access to this lifesaving therapy.
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We understand that many of our members are burdened with student loan debt. We have partnered with SoFi, the largest provider of student loan refinancing, who may be able to reduce the cost of that debt, saving the average borrower $22K*. SoFi refinances federal and/or private student loans as well as Parent PLUS loans at competitively low rates. Through our partnership with SoFi, members, friends and family receive a $300 welcome bonus** when they apply through

Register for a webinar to learn more about this membership benefit onWednesday, March 1 at 3:30pm ET by clicking HERE.

Benefits include:
- Bonus: $300 welcome bonus** for members, friends and family members who refinance through
- Savings: SoFi's attorney borrowers save $22K* on average over the life of their loans or $431* a month when they refinance.
- Rates: Variable rates as low as 2.35% APR and fixed rates as low as 3.38% APR (with Autopay).***
- Simplicity: Consolidate all student loans into a single loan with one monthly payment.
- Perks: SoFi offers career counseling, unemployment protection, a referral program, and more.
- No fees: No application fees, no origination fees, no prepayment penalties.

If you have questions about refinancing your student loans with SoFi, please visit or call SoFi directly at 855-456-7634 - make sure to tell them you are a DSBA member!

* See, notes 1 & 4 for member lifetime savings and attorney monthly savings calculation notes.
** Payment will be issued electronically once you become a SoFi borrower; you have submitted a completed application with documents and your loan has been disbursed. Offer good for new customers only.
***Terms and conditions apply. SoFi reserves the right to modify or discontinue products and benefits at any time without notice. SoFi loans are private loans and SoFi does not offer the same flexible repayment terms that are features of federal student loans. Eligible borrowers must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and meet SoFi's underwriting requirements. SoFi loans not offered to residents of Nevada. Other state restrictions may apply. SoFi loans are originated by SoFi Lending Corp (dba SoFi) California Finance Lender #6054612. NMLS #1121636.
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ABA Approves Changes to CLE Model Rule
On Monday, the ABA House of Delegates approved a Resolution amending the ABA Model Rule for Minimum Continuing Legal Education which includes a requirement for lawyers to receive at least one hour of mental health or substance use disorder programming every three years. It also calls for one hour of diversity and inclusion programming every three years. The Resolution was sponsored by the ABA's Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and Law Practice Division.
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"Listen" TV Special Now Available Online
Two months ago, at the Paramount Theater in Los Angeles, Facing Addiction co-hosted with the U.S. Surgeon General's office the premiere and launch of the history-making Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.

Twenty-four hours later, Viacom aired a 30-minute, commercial-free special featuring U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and celebrity talent on 11 of Viacom's networks, including BET, Comedy Central, CMT, Logo, MTV, MTV2, MTV Classic, MTV Live, Spike, TV Land, and VH1.

We're thrilled to let you know that the special, called Listen: Facing Addiction in America, is now available on our Facebook page.

Now you can listen as Dr. Drew Pinsky and MTV News senior correspondent Ana Marie Cox talk with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Joe Walsh, award-winning R&B artist Mario, Detroit rapper Royce Da 5'9", comedian Gary Owen, actor Danny Trejo, professional skateboarder Brandon Novak, bar consultant and Spike TV personality Jon Taffer, activist and Logo TV alum Brandon Kneefel, and U.S. Army veteran and author Shilo Harris.

"Addiction has touched the lives of a large majority of our fans, as it has tens of millions of Americans. We're proud to be working with Facing Addiction and the Surgeon General to break down the barriers of shame and stigma associated with this illness and to spread the message that recovery is possible for everyone," said Ali Jannello Tuck, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Viacom.

"Viacom isn't afraid to tackle tough social issues and in the face of this crisis, we urge people to listen, to inform themselves, and to act with compassion to help save lives."

To see Listen: Facing Addiction in America, click here.
New Rule Improves the Exchange of Medical Information...
January 20, 2017

New Rule Improves the Exchange of Medical Information in Ways that Protect the Privacy of People Receiving Substance Use Treatment

SAMHSA (01/13) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized changes to Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations, (42 CFR Part 2) to facilitate health integration and information exchange within new health care models while continuing to protect the privacy and confidentiality of patients seeking treatment for substance use disorders.

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Impairment in the Law Firm: Ethical Duties of Partners and Supervisory Lawyers
In a December 2016 advisory opinion, the Supreme Court of Virginia examined..."the ethical obligations of a partner or supervisory lawyer who reasonably believes another lawyer in the firm may be suffering from a significant impairment that poses a risk to clients or the general public." Distinct from reporting obligations when an impaired lawyer has already engaged in misconduct, this opinion addresses the obligation to take precautionary measures before misconduct occurs.

Relying on ABA Formal Opinion 03-429 (2003), the Court concluded that the state's Rules of Professional Conduct require partners or supervisory lawyers in law firms to make reasonable efforts to ensure that an impaired lawyer in the firm, or under their supervision, does not violate the Rules, and further, that they take reasonable steps to prevent such violations by the impaired lawyer.
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