2020 March Free Ethics IVN
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When: March 19, 2020
1:00 pm
Where: Various IVN Sites in North Dakota
North Dakota
United States
Presenter: Bob Schuneman, Outreach Coordinator, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
Contact: SBAND

Online registration is available until: 3/16/2020
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MARCH 19, 2020

1:00 pm – 4:30 p.m. (CDT)
Various IVN Sites in North Dakota
Sponsored by the State Bar Association of North Dakota & the North Dakota CLE Commission


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Chronic Stress, Trauma, Mental Health, and Addiction in the Legal Profession – Elimination of Bias/Ethics

Lawyers face stress daily and are subject to particular circumstances, which can lead to higher levels of stress than for most other members of the population. There is a recognized continuum where unresolved chronic stress becomes a predictor for addiction and mental illness, particularly depression, which are also more prevalent among lawyers. By understanding this continuum and the facts about addiction and mental illness, lawyers can reduce their risk and, hopefully, get help earlier when there is a mental health or addiction/dependency problem. Signs, symptoms, risk factors, and recovery regarding these problems will be presented. There are ubiquitous and pervasive stigmas associated with addiction and mental illness, the existence of which present substantial barriers to lawyers seeking and receiving help. 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 addresses such biases and stigmas and provides proven research and specific strategies for working to eliminate them.

Ethical considerations for the profession will be addressed and discussed throughout the session. The third hour of the seminar explores ethical considerations in-depth.
Bob Schuneman , Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Speaker: Bob Schuneman, Outreach Coordinator, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Bob Schuneman, JD, MBA is the Outreach Coordinator for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. Bob is a 2016 graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law and holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Saint Thomas. Bob worked for many years as an executive and manager for food manufacturing and distribution companies. Additionally, Bob has taught business courses on both graduate and undergraduate levels at Twin Cities colleges and universities for nineteen years. Before joining LCL, Bob practiced as a solo attorney representing business and individual clients.



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