Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, drug 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. What about that “other” addiction – Gambling?
In 2018, the United States Supreme Court, in Murphy vs. NCAA, held that sports gambling was legal in all of the United States. By 2019, Pennsylvania had added on-line gambling accessible by cell phone, computer and tablets, thus becoming the second largest commercial gambling state outside of Nevada. With it came the compulsive gambler.
This program will explore not only Gambling Disorder, but also the connection between gambling and the more well -known forms of impairment and why lawyers are at higher risk to develop problems. The results are startling.
Mr. Quinn will discuss:
- The early warning signs of impairment.
- The free services that Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers provides to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students.
- A close look at what barriers exist that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need will be provided.
- The role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession.
- Special emphasis will be placed on what callers to the LCL Confidential Helpline can expect, regardless of whether it is a self- referral or a request for intervention assistance.
Recorded on April 27, 2020.