Stories from the Trenches: Tools for Dealing with Depression, Burnout, and Substance Abuse

Stories from the Trenches: Tools for Dealing with Depression, Burnout, and Substance Abuse

Stories from the Trenches: Tools for Dealing with Depression, Burnout, and Substance Abuse - Recording (CLE Included)
Special Pricing – Free for Members (Part of Lawyer Well-Being Week)
Live Event Date: 5/5/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

It is difficult to envision a legal profession that handles more secondary trauma and uncertainty than immigration law. The constant stress and balance of caring for clients while not becoming too codependent can be difficult. While our clients are important, we need to develop boundaries that will keep us from spiraling into depression and/or substance abuse. Having a solid work-life balance is paramount. The panelists will provide real-life examples of attorneys who have struggled with work overload, depression, substance abuse, and mental health issues. They then will discuss strategies on how to prevent these problems from occurring, cope with these problems if they happen to arise, and thrive both professionally and personally by developing an optimal work-life balance.

Featured Topics:

  • Overcoming Depression and Other Issues: Real-Life Examples
  • When Should I Seek Help? To Whom Should I Talk?
  • Work-Life Balance Strategies to Make Your Life More Pleasurable
  • Professional vs. Personal Life: Setting Boundaries with Your Clients
  • The Struggle to Follow Through on Your Goals

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Sarah E. Buffett (DL), AILA Lawyer Well-Being Committee, Charlotte, NC 

Sarah Buffett is a U.S. Business Immigration attorney with over 15 years' experience in employer-sponsored work visas and permanent residence petitions, I-9 and E-Verify compliance, corporate transactions, and employer defense in Department of Homeland Security investigations.

Maurice H. (“Mo”) Goldman, Tucson, AZ 

Maurice H. Goldman holds a J.D./M.B.A. from Hofstra University. He has served on multiple national American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) committees, including the family law and annual conference committees. He currently serves on the boards of the ASISTA, Border Action Network, and Immigrants List. He has received numerous awards for his pro bono work in both Arizona and New York.

Danielle Hall, Executive Director, Kansas Lawyer Assistance Program, Topeka, KS

Danielle M. Hall serves as the Executive Director for the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP), an organization established by Kansas Supreme Court Rule 206 to offer confidential assistance to all Kansas licensed lawyers, judges and law students troubled by substance abuse problems, cognitive decline, stress, anxiety, depression and other issues which may impair their ability to perform in a competent and professional manner. Danielle regularly speaks on ethics, law practice management, technology, and well-being topics. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Kansas Lawyer Well-Being Task Force and is Chair of the Topeka Bar Association Technology Committee, Co-Chair of the Minority Women in the Profession Committee for the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, and a regular contributor to the Kansas Bar Association Law Practice Management and Technology Blog. She is also an active member in the ABA Law Practice Division, having served on several committees.

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