--- 1.0 CLE Credit for AZ,CA,CT,FL,ID,IL,NJ,NY,PA,WA
--- ethics - substance abuse (s.a.)
--- course production date: 5/18/2016
--- presented by LAURIE J. BESDEN

Laurie Besden, Esquire, Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of PA, shares her compelling personal story of an insatiable drug addiction that nearly took her life but settled for her freedom. Ms. Besden will share her recovery journey including her eventual reinstatement to the practice of law in PA and NJ.

Key course points are:
• The disease of addiction does not discriminate.
• The prevalence of substance use and mental health disorders within the legal profession is much greater than one would expect.
• Everyone is impacted by substance use or mental health disorders at some point in their lives; directly or indirectly. Know your resources and that there is always hope.
• How substance use impairs an attorney's ability to perform legal services with competence.
• An attorney, in recovery, and the legal disciplinary system.

--- presented by LAURIE J. BESDEN

Laurie Besden is the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. (“LCL”). Since 2011, she has served as LCL’s Deputy Executive Director overseeing LCL’s Helpline operations and serving as the primary contact for intervention requests, expanding LCL’s law school outreach, and increasing LCL’s presence within the organized Bench and Bar. As the newly appointed Executive Director, Ms. Besden is now responsible for LCL’s administrative and financial operations as well as Judges Concerned for Judges (judges’ assistance program).

Ms. Besden is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania (1999) and New Jersey (1999). She practiced law from 1999 through 2001 and 2009-2011 in several capacities including:
• Attorney-at-law (general civil and criminal practice), East Norriton, PA
• Law Clerk (Pennsylvania Superior Court), Philadelphia, PA
• Law Clerk (Philadelphia Municipal Court), Philadelphia, PA

She received her B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1995) and her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University (1999).

Ms. Besden was the 2015 recipient of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Henry Stuckert Miller Award for her dedication to public service in the legal profession.