The Effects of Impairment on Competence

A recent California Lawyer article, “Key to Competence: Be Mindful of Your Mind,” discusses how cognitive impairment and substance abuse can lead to incompetent representation. The impact reaches colleagues, clients and the profession as a whole, and the consequences can be as severe as disbarment. In California, lawyers are required to take at least one hour of a special MCLE credit in “Competence Issues (Addressing Substance Abuse and Physical/Mental Impairment)” and this article accompanies a test California lawyers can submit to fulfill that obligation.

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