Comm on Disability Rights

Thursday, January 25, 2018 9:00 AM
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 3.00 (Professional Practice 3.00)
Gibson, 2nd Floor
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Who Helps When a Lawyer is the One in Need? Understanding the Impact of Disabilities in the Legal Profession

Sponsored by the Committee on Disability Rights and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

New York Hilton Midtown
Gibson Room, Second Floor
1355 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

3.0 MCLE Credits: 3.0 Professional Practice

NYSBA Member: $85 (Plus General Registration Fee)


Program Topics and Faculty

Attorneys with disabilities, whether chronic, episodic, or temporary, have professional challenges unique to all other professions.  In addition, studies demonstrate that attorneys experience disability related to alcohol use disorders at a rate much higher than other populations, and members of our profession also suffer significant rates of potentially disabling depression & anxiety. Added to this, the ethical concerns related to practicing with disability and seeking support and assistance during periods of disability can be daunting.

This Continuing Legal Education program is designed to assist lawyers practicing law with disabilities. Speakers will address the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being report, ethical rules, the Family Medical Leave Act in New York State with a particular emphasis on the Act’s applicability to lawyers with disabilities and the prevalence of behavioral health concerns among lawyers with a discussion of the avenues for assistance.

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Alyssa Barreiro, Esq. | Wilmington Trust, N.A.
Sheila Shea, Esq. | Mental Hygiene Legal Service

9:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Behavioral Health Concerns and Disciplinary Implications
Meredith Heller, Esq. | Law Office of Meredith S. Heller PLLC
Eileen Travis, LCSW | New York City Bar Association
1.5 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice

10:20 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.
Break

10:25 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.  
New York's Paid Family Leave Law
Molly Weston Williamson, Esq. | A Better Balance
0.5 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice

10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Treatment and Intervention
Rochelle Balter, Ph.D., Esq.
Joseph Ranni, Esq. | Ranni Law Firm
Mary Goodwin Oquendo, Esq. | Jo Anne Simon, P.C.
1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Questions and Answers with Eileen Travis
Eileen Travis | New York City Bar Association

12:00 p.m. 
Adjournment


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