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

ABA Recommends Mandatory Substance Abuse and Mental Health CLE

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.ABA Model Rule for Minimum Continuing Legal Education, Alcoholism, Continuing Legal Education1 Comment

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates voted on Monday to change the ABA’s Model Rule for Minimum Continuing Legal Education to include a recommended one hour of CLE training every three years focused on substance abuse and mental health issues. Currently, only three jurisdictions–California, North Carolina and Nevada–require such courses.  The decision to amend the Model CLE Rule, which … 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