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June 11, 2024 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

Koppers Building Conference Center
E. P. Mellon Room
436 Seventh Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, USA 15219

Overview (Program Summary)

A program hosted by:

ACC Western Pennsylvania

If we stop to think about what we look at most during the day, the answer would probably not be our family or friends, nor our clients or colleagues. The most feasible option would be our mobile phone. Smartphones are now our companions for work, social, leisure and even family life. However, excessive use can lead to problems of dependence, addiction and fear. We find ourselves simultaneously connected and alone. Workers today are ‘never turned off.” Like our mobile phones, we only go on standby at the end of the day as we crawl into bed, exhausted.

Gradual, incremental increases in responsibilities, duties, pressures and demands upon lawyers, at home and at work, combined with long work-days and weeks has placed our profession at risk. At some point work may dominate our lives and keep us at a chronically high level of distress; yet we are often unaware that we have lost balance in our lives. Since it doesn’t appear that the “always-on” culture will be switching off any time soon, we need to develop key strategies that can help safeguard our personal life.

Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers.

And Technology ? What role does it play in perpetuating this public health crisis ?

Attorney Brian S. Quinn is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania. He will discuss:

1. The early warning signs of impairment, with special emphasis on stress, anxiety and trauma, including the mental health impact of technology in the post- COVID-19 world.

2. The free services that Lawyers Assistance Programs provide to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students.

3. A close look at what barriers exist that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need and the role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession.

4. Wellness strategies that can be used by legal professionals and their families.

5. The ethical challenges created by the imposed isolation of the pandemic, including the role technology plays, and it’s possible long- lasting effect on the legal profession.

Registration                 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lunch:                           11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   
Program:                       12:00 p.m. to  1:00 p.m.


This program has been preapproved for one hour of PA professional ethics CLE credit.


State: PA
Category: Ethics