Summary of Presentation | Key Highlights

If there is one word we heard during our journey through the pandemic and continue to hear more than any other term as we navigate into the Post-COVID “new normal” world, it is “burnout.”

But what is burnout? What does it look like and feel like? More importantly, what can we do to prevent the normal stress and “lawyer anxiety” so common in our profession from developing into the physically and emotionally draining state known as Burnout?

Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers.

 Mr. Quinn will discuss:

  1. The early warning signs of impairment, with special emphasis on stress and burnout.
    1. Symptoms of stress and burnout that are particularly prevalent among members of the legal profession;
    2. Discussion will include the basic stress reactions, both physical and psychological; the difference between healthy stress and distress, with emphasis on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    3. Guidelines for a “master plan”, including realistic prevention strategies that work.
  2. Why lawyers and judges are at especially high risk to develop mental health and substance use disorders.
  3. The free services that Lawyers Assistance Programs provide to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students.
  4. The barriers that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need.

Who | Presenter Bio



Brian S. Quinn, Esquire - A licensed attorney in Pennsylvania
Education and Outreach Coordinator for
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. is an Assistance Program established in 1988 for the purpose of helping lawyers, judges and law students recover from alcoholism, substance misuse and mental health disorders.

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Mr. Quinn obtained his undergraduate degree in 1970, his law degree in 1973 and a certificate in Drug and Alcohol counselling in 2012, from Villanova University. A member of the Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations, he has been a private practitioner for over 45 years, having litigated both civil and criminal matters during his career.

Mr. Quinn also worked in the field of Alcohol and Drug Counseling in suburban Philadelphia from 2011 to 2017, allowing him to gain both practical and clinical experience with individuals suffering from alcohol, substance use and mental health disorders.

Mr. Quinn is a past member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania and served as a peer volunteer for over six years prior to accepting his current role as the organization's Educator in 2017. He has written articles and made presentations on many lawyer wellness topics to law firms, Bar Associations, professional organizations and legal education providers on a state, national and international level.

List of States | Approval Statuses & Credit Types

Live attendees have the opportunity to receive CLE credit based on their state’s attendance and other CLE requirements.

CLE credit may be available for other states not listed below through self-reporting. Please contact your state bar association for requirements. Please note that applications for CLE credit are subject to the regulations of the appropriate governing bodies and state laws.

StateApproval StatusCredit Types
Illinois (IL) approved 1.0 Professional Responsibility; 1.0 Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Texas (TX) approved 1.0 Ethics
New Jersey (NJ) approved 1.2 Ethics; 1.2 Professional Responsibility
Pennsylvania (PA)* pending 1.0 Ethics
Delaware (DE) approved 1.0 General
Virginia (VA) approved 1.0 General
Florida (FL) approved 1.0 General; 1.0 Mental Health & Wellness
California (CA) approved 1.0 Competence Issues
Washington (WA) approved 1.0 Ethics
New York (NY)** see disclaimer 1.0 Ethics
*Pennsylvania pending conditional approval after live webinar on December 7, 2023.

**New York attorneys may claim or apply the credits from this program toward their New York CLE requirement.
Please see NY Jurisdiction Policy for more information.

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