2020 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs Calls for Program and Speaker Proposals

The American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs seeks program/topic and speaker proposals for its 2020 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs, to be held in Springfield, MA, October 20-22, 2020, at the Tower Square Hotel.

The Conference is attended by hundreds of staff and volunteer professionals of state, local, and international lawyer assistance programs, lawyers, clinicians, treatment providers, judges, law school deans, professional services administrators, law students, regulators, and representatives of legal employers. Proposed sessions can cover a wide-range of topics related to the mental health and well-being of the legal profession, but generally fall into one of the following categories:

  • Basic skills for treating Alcohol Use Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, and Process Addictions
  • Screening, Evaluating, Diagnosing, and Referring Individuals to Appropriate Level of Care or Triaging Individuals in Crisis
  • Nuts and Bolts of Lawyer Assistance Programs (Organization, Marketing and Outreach, Volunteer Programs, Governing Law, etc.)
  • Relationship Between LAPs and Regulatory Entities

Hot topics to consider proposing this year include:

  • Aging Lawyers & Cognitive Decline
  • Impacts of Implementation of the ABA Well-Being Pledge for Legal Employers
  • Lawyer Well-Being
  • Best Practices and Protocols: When & How to Integrate and Differing Perspectives

This list of topics is intended as guidance, and is not exhaustive. Please submit a proposal on any topic that might prove interesting to conference attendees.

You can find more instructions and guidelines here, as well as a link to submit your proposal. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon O’Connell at sharon.oconnell@americanbar.org. Submissions are due Friday, January 31, 2020.

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