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Clear & Present Danger: The Impact of Addiction on the Legal Profession
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A Panel Discussion about the Impact of Addiction on the Legal Profession. Presented by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Co-sponsored by the HCBA.

When: 10/22/2014
Networking: 11:30 - 11:40 a.m. Presentation: 11:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Radisson Blu Minnespolis
35 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402
United States
Presenter: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Contact: Lisa Stangl

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Addiction might as well be considered an occupational hazard for legal professionals, with an estimated one in five attorneys today struggling with substance abuse.

While addiction is an equal opportunity disease--striking individuals regardless of gender, race, creed, or class--it might as well be considered an occupational hazard for legal professionals. In fact, the culture of the legal profession that has developed over the past century has resulted in alarmingly high rates of substance abuse and addiction, with an estimated one in five attorneys currently struggling with these issues. Given this knowledge, how can we chart a course toward new approaches and attitudes that promote greater personal wellness, ethical behavior, and professional sustainability?

Join us for an honest, informed, and spirited discussion of the practical and ethical reasons why this shift is imperative for the future of our profession. Our panelists will share candid insights about the nature of the problem and offer practical solutions.  Join us:

Wednesday, October 22
Radisson Blu Minneapolis

35 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

11:30 a.m.– 11:40 a.m. Networking
11:40 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Presentation followed by Q&A

CLE credits applied for

This event is free of charge. Lunch is provided. Seating is limited. Register online today!



Erin Keyes
Assistant Dean, University of Minnesota Law School.
In her role as assistant dean of students at the University of Minnesota Law School, Ms. Keyes advises law students throughout their education. She is a former staff attorney for Central Minnesota Legal Services, where she represented low-income, domestic violence survivors in family and housing law cases.

Kevin M. Chandler
Board Member, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers.
An attorney, former state senator, and author, Mr. Chandler served in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, was counsel to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Consumer Protection and Finance, and an associate with Opperman & Paquin. He is the author of The Lawyer's Light: Daily Meditations for Growth and Recovery, published in May 2014 by ABA Publishing.


Patrick R. Krill, Director
Legal Professionals Program, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
As a licensed attorney, board certified alcohol and drug counselor and graduate level instructor in addiction counseling, Mr. Krill brings a unique breadth of knowledge and perspective to the subject of behavioral health in the legal profession. He regularly provides print and broadcast interviews and is a frequent author and speaker on the subject of addiction and its intersection with the law, including his regular blog for the Huffington Post.


Thank you to our sponsors:

  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Questions? Contact Lisa Stangl by email or call 651-213-4490.

Hazelden's Legal Professionals Program addresses the addiction problems unique to legal professionals. Lawyers suffer from addiction at twice the rate of those in the general population and from depression at three times the rate of other professionals. And the very qualities that make legal professionals successful (problem-solving skills, intellectualizing, and persuasiveness) can be stumbling blocks to recovery. But with the right care and support, addiction can be treated and managed for life. Core treatment programming at Hazelden is Twelve Step–based and gender specific; length of stay varies depending on an individual's clinical needs.


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