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Substance Abuse Issues

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Specialty Credits |  Ethics |  Substance Abuse |  Mindfullness |  Ca. Competency Credit
David Mann
1 Hour 08 Minutes
Audio and Video
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.


Of all white collar professionals in the United States, alcoholism and depression are most common among lawyers. And we serve an industry that makes an intoxicant more widely available than it has ever historically been. So, what does that mean for our own mental health and our own battles with substance abuse. In some jurisdictions, substance abuse on its own does not constitute a violations of our ethical obligations unless it interferes with our representations of our clients. In others, if that substance is a schedule 1 drug, use along can rise to the level of a violation. But how does the interplay between our ethics requirements, state regulatory regimes, medical recommendations, and our privacy rights converge? If we decide that we want to be consumers in the industry we represent – how do we protect our professional lives and licenses?



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David Mann is a graduate of Ohio State University and Stanford Law School.  He served as a Deputy Public Defender in San Francisco before becoming a solo criminal defense practitioner.  After 12 years of practice, substance abuse-related issues caused him to resign from the bar with disciplinary charges pending.  Following a relentless battle with addiction which included numerous hospitalizations and periods of living on the streets, he succeeded in getting clean and sober in 1998.  Since then he has worked, among other things, as a cab driver, a private investigator, a paralegal, and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor.  He presently serves as the Northern California Consultant to The Other Bar, a statewide organization of recovering attorneys, judges, and law students.  In this capacity, he spends his time providing outreach and education to the legal community, and assisting attorneys as they struggle with substance abuse and related challenges that threaten their ability and/or eligibility to practice law.

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