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Substance Abuse: Resources and Ethical Concerns & Responsibilities

 Export to Your Calendar 9/14/2017
When: Thursday, September 14, 2017
11:45 - 1:15 p.m.
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ISBA Mutual Insurance Company Offices
20 S. Clark Street
Ste 800
Chicago, Illinois  60603
United States
Contact: Sandra Wulf

Online registration is available until: 9/14/2017
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Substance Abuse: Resources and Ethical Concerns & Responsibilities

This one-hour program will address substance abuse, with a focus on ethical and practical matters facing lawyers. It begins by discussing the various forms of substance abuse, addressing both alcohol and other drugs, including prescription opioids. The program touches on the popular culture surrounding lawyers and alcohol (and other drugs), which in many ways creates a caustic, permissive environment and standard of accepted behavior, which may be more quickly identified as problematic in non-legal environments.

The program then turns to ethical considerations for attorneys, including focus on the pertinent ethical rules which may be implicated where a substance abuse issues arises. The comments of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct are addressed, as they provide some illustrative examples that can come to play where substance abuse is occurring. Next, the program turns to ethics opinions from Illinois and other states, which provide further context for attorneys on the responses that substance abuse issues have given rise to. The limited case law addressing substance abuse issues is also noted.

The final portion of the program discusses resources for assistance. Both lawyer-specific and more general resources are identified. Two points are emphasized. First, seeking assistance and taking action to reduce dependence should be done as soon as an issue is identified. There is no need to hit “rock bottom” before making a beneficial life change that reduces use of alcohol or other substances. Second, no matter how severe the case, it is never too late to seek help. Even in the very worst cases, a physician directed course of treatment is almost always a better path than continuing on a substance-abusive course.

Featured Speaker

John Eggum is a partner at Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff P.C., where he concentrates his practice on insurance coverage matters and commercial litigation. He represents insurers, TPAs, brokers, and captive managers in coverage and professional liability disputes, and also litigates cyber/technology liability claims. Mr. Eggum's law degree was obtained, with distinction, from The University of Iowa College of Law, and following law school, he served as the law clerk to the Hon. Bruce A. Markell in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada, in Las Vegas. Mr. Eggum serves as the Vice-Chair of the IDC Legislative Committee and the Vice-Chair for the IDC's Young Lawyers Division.


11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Registration and Complimentary Lunch

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Substance Abuse: Resources and Ethical Concerns & Responsibilities

Continuing Legal Education Credit

The IDC has applied for one hour of professionalism CLE credit (mental health/substance abuse) for this program in the state of Illinois. We will apply for the following CLE credit in other states:

  • Indiana 1.0 CLE; 1.0 Professionalism
  • Iowa 1.0 CLE; 1.0 Professionalism
  • Missouri 1.2 CLE; 1.2 Professionalism
  • Wisconsin 1.2 CLE; 1.2 Professionalism

Seminar Fees

Registration for this event is $50 for IDC members and $100 for non-members. Registration includes a complimentary light lunch.

Justification Letter

Need approval from firm leadership to help pay/offset your expense for attending the Substance Abuse Seminar? If so, follow this link to view a Justification Letter template for you to use when making the request to your firm. 

Refund Policy

Refunds must be requested in writing and will be made according to the following schedule:

  • 50% Refund – Through August 25
  • No Refund – August 26-September 7

Substitutions for your registration may be made. However, only one copy of seminar materials will be offered per registration. Please submit substitution information in advance of the event. 

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