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FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER
Southern District of Texas
LAWYER WELL-BEING IN THE AGE OF THE CORONAVIRUS
CJA Panel Training
Thursday, February 25, 2021


 

Lawyers frequently struggle with mental health, but never more than during the very stressful, isolating, and technology centered era of the Coronavirus. This program explores the obstacles and solutions to staying fit to practice law. Relying on statutory confidentiality of TLAP, this course overviews the many resources that lawyers have to take care of themselves and to be fit for the practice of law pursuant to their ethical duties and comply with Rule 8.03 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. The course clarifies the rules and law regarding how lawyers can take care of one another and duties, including staying fit and avoiding burnout, depression, or anxiety problems, and duties to report or resources for lawyers and judges that are impaired from burnout, anxiety, depression, secondary trauma, or dependency on substances and how any impaired lawyers can receive help and meet their ethical obligation to provide zealous representation to clients. It also prepares lawyers regarding fitness, avoidance of impairment, resilience, crisis and suicide prevention strategies and numerous tips for maintaining wellness as an attorney.

 

AGENDA

12:00-1:00

LAWYER WELL-BEING IN THE AGE OF THE CORONAVIRUS
Chris Ritter, Director, Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program
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(1.0) CLE Hrs. (Ethics)

 

The State Bar of Texas MCLE Department has approved this seminar for 1.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 hours of ethics credit (Course No. 174111932). There is no cost for participants or for those attorneys wishing to apply for the CLE credit. If you have any questions, contact Dora Madrigal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

This seminar is for attorneys eligible or seeking to become eligible to take CJA appointments.