Law, Drugs, Addiction, Death.

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Alcoholism, Attorneys and Addiction2 Comments

The addiction crisis and its impact on the legal profession are the subjects of two recently published articles. The first is The Lawyer, The Addict, published on July 16 in The New York Times (sub. req.).  It is a powerful story written by the ex-wife of a Silicon Valley-based IP partner.  She recounts her former husband’s painful descent from 20 … Read More

Lawyer Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Frequent Causes of Discipline

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Alcoholism3 Comments

One of the most significant studies of alcohol abuse and mental health disorders among practicing attorneys conducted in the past quarter century has concluded that attorneys are at a much higher risk than other professionals for alcohol use disorder, depression, anxiety, and stress. Researchers from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs … Read More