2019 March Free Ethics IVN
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When: Wednesday, March 13
1:00 PM
Where: Various IVN Sites in North Dakota
United States
Presenter: Joan Bibelhausen, Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
Contact: SBAND

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March 13, 2019

1:00 pm – 4:30 p.m. (CDT)

Various IVN Sites in North Dakota


Attendance is mandatory to receive credit.

Approved for 3.0 CLE Ethics Credit Hours (ND)

CLE credit will be applied for in MN:

2.0 CLE EOB Credits (MN)

1.0 CLE Ethics Credit (MN)



Sponsored by theState Bar Association of North Dakota & the North Dakota CLE Commission


"The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change" is a groundbreaking report released in August 2017 by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, a coalition of entities from the American Bar Association and throughout the profession. The coalition found that “We are at a crossroads. To maintain public confidence in the profession, to meet the need for innovation in how we deliver legal services, to increase access to justice, and to reduce the level of toxicity that has allowed mental health and substance use disorders to fester among our colleagues, we have to act now.” Ultimately, improving attorney well-being is a good business decision, it enhances ethics and professionalism and it enhances lawyer satisfaction and retention. Two programs will address specific aspects of the Report.


The Path to Lawyer Well-Being:  Breaking the Stigma about Mental Health – Elimination of Bias

This segment of the program will focus on the theme “eliminating the stigma associated with help-seeking behaviors.” To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer. Recent studies of lawyers and law students reported that fear of someone else finding out about a problem kept our colleagues from seeking (or offering) help. Our profession has often dealt with these issues only when they can no longer be ignored. The result is careers and lives sometimes cut tragically short. This program will delve into the biases that create barriers and counter them with proven research, personal examples and specific strategies for changing the culture and reducing the toxicity in our profession.


The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: A Lawyer’s Duty of Competence – Ethics

This segment of the program will focus on "well-being as an indispensable part of a lawyer’s duty of competence." Research shows that lawyers who are dealing with significant stress or mental health (including substance use) issues are more likely to experience ethics problems. By reducing the stigma about well-being and getting help when needed, the incidence of ethical complaints may be reduced.


 Joan Bibelhausen, Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Joan is a lawyer with significant additional training in the areas of counseling, mental health and addiction, diversity, employment issues and management. She has spent more than two decades working with lawyers who are at a crossroads because of mental illness and addiction concerns as well as work/life balance, stress and related issues. Joan coauthored Reducing the Stigma, published in the Mitchell Hamline Law Review, and frequently writes for Minnesota and national bar publications. Joan is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin and Ramsey County and American Bar Associations, and MN Women Lawyers, among others.


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