Profession Under Pressure: The Causes of Stress in the Legal Profession and How to Better Cope

November 10, 2017
8:50 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
6.25 MCLE hours, including 6.25 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Presented by Civil Practice and Procedure
Co-sponsored by Traffic Laws and Courts

Chicago
ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)

 

6.25 hours MCLE credit, including 6.25* hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit in the following category:
          ♦ Mental Health and Substance Abuse MCLE credit


The legal profession has some of the highest suicide rates, job dissatisfaction, substance abuse, and depression cases in the country. Don’t miss this full-day seminar that explores the causes behind these statistics and how to cope in a high-stress environment. Topics include:

  • The stresses faced by both lawyers and judges;
  • Why asking for help is important when the stress gets to be too much;
  • What law schools are doing to prepare students for a stressful career;
  • How stress affects us physically, psychologically, and emotionally;
  • The crisis facing the legal profession and how to cope with it;
  • Trends in lawyer discipline;
  • The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s role in the wellbeing of Illinois attorneys; and
  • The causes of stress, depression and mental illness in this profession.

 

Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Robert H. Hanaford
, Law Offices of Robert H Hanaford LLC, Fox River Grove

 

NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nominal fee via the registration page.

 

Agenda

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.  Stress in the Profession: A View from Both Sides of the Bench*
Demanding schedules. Hectic workloads. Fast-paced environments. Incredible workhours. It’s no wonder lawyers and judges alike feel the pressures of the profession. This segment examines the stresses faced by both sides of the bench, while discussing what to do when it gets to be too much.
Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.), Law Offices of Russel W. Hartigan, Chicago

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.   How Does Stress Affect Us?*
Excessive levels of stress – and even lower levels of stress over a long period of time – can wreak havoc on our mental stability and physical health. Insomnia, high blood pressure, heart problems, and the propensity for substance abuse are just a few of the affects caused by stress. This presentation offers a medical analysis of stress on the human body and how to cope without medication.
Maureen Tamillow, Rivers Edge Hospital and Clinic, Forest Park

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  Law Schools: How Are They Preparing Students?*
This session discusses what law schools are doing to prepare students for the demands of the profession.
Prof. Laurel Rigertas, Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Help is Available*
Stress is a normal part of the human experience, but sometimes it can become too much for one person to carry alone. Yet, all too often, we fail to acknowledge that help is available and that all we have to do is ask. Don’t miss this comprehensive look at which options are available to help with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.  
Tony Pacione, Lawyers Assistance Program, Chicago

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  A Profession in Crisis and How to Cope*
Gain a better understanding of the crisis facing the legal profession and how to cope. Steve Harper, a nationally-known speaker on the stresses of the profession and author of The Lawyer Bubble, draws upon his experiences, expertise, and research to give you an in-depth look at how the crisis in the legal profession is unfolding and what can be done to correct the situation. A copy of The Lawyer Bubble is included with your registration.
Prof. Steven J. Harper, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.  Trends in Lawyer Discipline*
This segment examines the trends in lawyer discipline, as well as the role of impairment from substance abuse and psychological illness.
James J. Grogan, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.  Wellbeing: An Integral Part of Professionalism*
The purpose of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is to promote integrity, professionalism, and civility among the members of Illinois’ legal community and to help eradicate biased and divisive ideologies in the profession. Join us for a presentation that discusses how the wellbeing of each attorney is paramount to professionalism and what the Commission is doing to fulfill its goal.
Jayne R. Reardon, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Chicago

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.  Panel Discussion: The Causes of Stress, Depression, and Other Demons*
The program closes with an in-depth look at the causes of stress, depression and other mental health issues, and allows attendees to ask questions that have arisen throughout the seminar.    
James J. Grogan, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago
Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.), Law Offices of Russel W. Hartigan, Chicago
Jayne R. Reardon, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Chicago
Prof. Laurel Rigertas, Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb

 


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval