Colleagues Under the Influence: Licensure and the Impaired Lawyer

An ABA CLE Webinar | January 23, 2018 | 1:00 PM Eastern

Learn how to recognize a legal professional with an impairment and the resources available to help them. Examine the effects of substance abuse including marijuana despite the recent trend towards decriminalization. Panelists will discuss:

  • Signs and symptoms of substance use problems among legal professionals
  • Understanding addiction as an illness
  • Treatment options
  • The interface between disciplinary action and impairment
  • Obligations to report an attorney with an impairment
  • Lawyer Assistance Programs and how they assist attorneys and their colleagues


  • Wendy Muchman, Esq. (Moderator), Chief of Litigation and Professional Education at the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission
  • Bree Buchanan, Esq., Director, Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, State Bar of Texas, Chair, ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs
  • Doris C. Gundersen, MD PC, Medical Director, Colorado Physician Health Program; President, Federation of State Physician Health Programs; Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado
  • Tracy L. Kepler, Esq., Director, ABA Center on Professional Responsibility, Past President, National Association of Bar Counsel

Sponsored by: the ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division

Cosponsored by: the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs


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