Mental Health and Substance Use in the Legal Profession

One Lawyer Talking To Another

$30 for MBA members | $50 non-members

The practice of law can be fast-paced and challenging. For some, it can also be stressful and overwhelming. As a result, recent research confirms that lawyers, judges and law students experience mental health concerns like anxiety, depression and problematic substance use at rates significantly higher than the general public. In addition, lawyers, their colleagues, their families, and their clients may be experiencing higher than usual levels of stress as society transitions to the “endemic” stage of COVID.

By joining this one-hour presentation with Judy Parker, The Winemakers' Lawyer and Bryan R. Welch, Oregon Attorney Assistance Program, attendees will:

  • Learn about research that documents the need for greater support of lawyer well-being.
  • Explore their own role in helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and substance misuse by fostering acceptance and by encouraging help-seeking behavior.
  • Consider the value of sharing their own experience in overcoming challenges with others who may be struggling, when appropriate.
  • Increase their awareness of signs and symptoms of unhealthy stress, substance misuse, anxiety and depression in themselves and others.
  • Learn strategies for initiating difficult conversations about mental and health and substance use, including how to approach people who may be struggling, how to ask for help, and how to support people who are seeking treatment and/or recovering from mental health or substance use challenges.
  • Receive materials that include information about the ABA’s National Well-Being Task Force recommendations, signs and symptoms of impairment, tools to enhance well-being, and resources for getting help.
For more information: Contact Sean Currie Glinka, Motschenbacher & Blattner LLP, at 503.417.0500. For registration questions, contact the MBA at

Date & Time
Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Remote attendance only via Zoom
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Credit Types
Mental Health/Substance Use

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