SUBSTANCE ABUSE: THE IMPAIRED LAWYER - Protection, Prevention and the Conspiracy of Silence

--- ethics - substance abuse (s.a.)
--- course production date: 1/15/2018
--- presented by BRIAN QUINN

This course presents the current state of alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders in the legal profession and the urgent need for a pro-active approach by not only those in the recovery and lawyers assistance programs throughout the country, but, more importantly, the members of the legal profession and judiciary themselves.

Told through the story of the author's struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, this course details the path that untreated impairment can take, while at the same time giving a poignant and compelling narrative of what recovery resources are available - and the dangers of enabling the suffering member of our profession in the name of "protecting" them from the consequences of their illness- based misconduct.

Key course points are:
• Learn to recognize the early warning signs of substance use and mental health disorders.
• Gain an understanding that we are dealing with illnesses that have scientifically based causes.
• These diseases are steadily increasing in both prevalence and severity in the legal profession.
• Learn that there is a good prognosis for recovery and what resources are available to assist the suffering lawyer.
• Hear a firsthand account of the detriment to career, family and health caused by untreated addiction and mental health disorders.

--- presented by BRIAN QUINN

Brian S. Quinn, Esquire is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania who currently serves as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc., a Lawyers Assistance program established in 1988 for the purpose of helping lawyers, judges and law students recover from alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health disorders.

Mr. Quinn obtained his undergraduate degree in 1970, his law degree in 1973 and a certificate in Drug and Alcohol counselling in 2012, from Villanova University. Prior to working for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, he was a sole practitioner for nearly 40 years and has also worked in the field of Alcohol and Drug Counselling at two rehabilitation centers in suburban Philadelphia.

Mr. Quinn is a past member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania and served as a peer volunteer for over six years prior to accepting his current role as the organization's Educator.

As a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, Mr. Quinn is able to give a compelling personal account of the depths of his illness based misconduct and the subsequent involvement of his state's Lawyers assistance Program in his treatment and recovery.