Mental Health & Substance Abuse Problems in Attorneys: Barriers to Effective Treatment & The Lawyers Assistance Program

Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Program Chair:

Brenda Correa
NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct

  • This program is intended to promote awareness of the high prevalence of both mental health and substance abuse issues among attorneys. A 2016 survey across 15 state bar associations (Krill, Johnson, & Albert 2016) found that 1 in 5 attorneys screened positive for problem drinking and reported similar rates of depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms. Attorneys like other high-status professionals experience stigma and barriers to treatment that are related to the demands of their jobs, their privacy, and confidentiality concerns. The presentation would summarize what is known and not known about mental health and substance use problems, barriers to seeking help, and unmet treatment needs of attorneys. The objective is two-fold in that it is intended create awareness of these issues and then to inform the audience as to what resources available to deal with these challenges.

    There is no fee for this program.

  • Professor Samuel A. Ball, PhD
    Yale School of Medicine

    Gary Reing
    Founding and Senior Partner, Reing & Reing PLLC

    Eileen Travis
    Director of Lawyers Assistance Program
    New York City Bar Association

  • 6:30 pm – 6:35 pm

    6:35 pm – 7:15 pm
    Addressing Mental Health & Addiction Problems for Executives and Professionals
    Samuel Ball, PhD

    7:15 pm – 7:20 pm

    7:20 pm – 7:55 pm
    Presentation by the Lawyers Assistance Program

    • Services Available to Lawyers Through the Lawyers Assistance Program
    • A Personal Story of One Lawyer’s Road to Recovery

    Eileen Travis & Gary Reing

    7:55 pm – 8:00 pm

  • New York: 1.5 Ethics
    New Jersey: 1.8 Professional Responsibility
    California: 1.5 Professional Responsibility
    Pennsylvania: 1.5 Professional Responsibility
    Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

  • Sponsoring Association Committees:
    Lawyer Assistance, Ralph L. Wolf, Chair
    Mental Health Law, Karen P. Simmons, Chair
    Professional Discipline, Kaylin L. Whittingham, Chair
    Professional Responsibility, Wallace L. Larson, Chair

    Sponsoring Association Organization:
    Lawyer Assistance Program, Eileen Travis, Director

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 |