Substance Abuse: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment



Participants will learn about the prevalence of mental health issues including substance abuse, among lawyers throughout the U.S.; the risks impairment can pose to clients and professional licensing; ways of reaching out to someone who needs help; and ways of reaching out for help when we ourselves need assistance. The course will also teach practice tips for handling the substantive and ethical issues with substance-abusing clients.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Lawyers, Mental Health Issues, and Substance Abuse
•   Clients and Substance Abuse
•   Detection of Mental Health Issues and Substance Abuse Facing Lawyers
•   Treatment Options for Lawyers Struggling with These Problems

Date / Time: February 28, 2019

•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Central
•   10:00 am – 11:00 am Mountain
•   9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific

Choose a format:

•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

All Access Pass: Before you buy, access this class and all other myLawCLE programs, over 120 new live classes every year, for only $69 dollars per month. Purchase the All Access Pass first. Click here for more information.

Select your state to see if this class is approved for CLE credit.

Choose the format you want.


Original Broadcast Date: February 28, 2019

Steve Meister, Esq.

Criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor Steve Meister is principal of the Meister Law Offices. He has been in practice since 1990 and has tried virtually every kind of case in criminal court. He emphasizes state-court felony and misdemeanor crimes, federal prosecutions, and defense of doctors and hospitals in healthcare criminal law cases including prescribing offenses, anti-kickback, False Claims and other matters.

Steve is also owner and co-founder of ScripRight Healthcare Consultants, LLC, a compliance and risk management consultancy serving providers, hospitals, medical groups, pharmacies and insurers. Steve and his partner pioneered instruction and consulting in legal issues around prescribing, and Steve has lectured nationally on these issues.

In California’s newly regulated cannabis industry Steve advises other business’ lawyers and consultants in criminal law compliance and crime prevention. He is also counsel to a testing laboratory, and a manufacturer.

Steve has taught widely to lawyers, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, the insurance industry and others. His CLE presentations have included Criminal Trials, Felony Defense Practice, Evidence and Criminal Procedure, DUI Defense, Domestic Violence Defense, Legal Ethics, and Detection and Prevention of Substance Abuse.

Steve is an expert legal commentator on criminal cases for television and radio news stations, having been featured in over 700 news stories, and accounts of his cases have appeared in many national publications.

Accreditation Policy
myLawCLE seeks accreditation for all programs in all states. (Accreditation for paralegals sought thru NALA and NFPA paralegal associations.) Each attending attorney/paralegal will receive a certificate of completion following the close of the CLE program as proof of attendance. In required states, myLawCLE records attorney/paralegals attendance, in all other states attorney/paralegal is provided with the approved CLE certificate to submit to their state bar or governing association.

Automatic MCLE Approvals
All myLawCLE CLE programs are accredited automatically either directly or via reciprocity in the following states: AK, AR, CA, CT, FL, HI, ME, MO, MT, ND, NH, NM, NJ, NY, WV, and VT. (AZ does not approve CLE programs, but accepts our certificates for CLE credit.)

Applied MCLE Approvals
myLawCLE seeks approval via application in all other states that are not automatically approved through myLawCLE’s state accreditation. (Some states may take up to 4 weeks to send in final accreditation, however attendees will receive accreditation according to the date the class was taken—the state of VA may take up to 12 weeks.)

Accreditation on Formats: Live Video Broadcasts, “Live” Re-Broadcasts and On-Demand CLEs

Live Video Broadcasts
Live video broadcasts are new live CLE programs being streamed and recorded for the first time. All of these programs qualify for “Live” CLE credit in all states except NV, OH, MS, IN, UT, PA, GA, and LA —these states require in-person attendance to qualify for “Live” CLE credit.

“Live” Re-Broadcasts
“Live” Re-broadcasts are replays of previous recorded CLE programs, set on a specific date and time and where the original presenting speakers calls in live at the end of the event to answer questions. This “live” element allows for “live” Re-broadcast CLEs to qualify for “Live” CLE credits in most states. [The following states DO NOT allow for “live” CLE credits on re-broadcast CLEs: NV, OH, MS, IN, UT, PA, GA, and LA]

On-Demand CLEs
On-demand CLE classes are available 24/7 via the myLawCLE portal. Attendance to these classes is monitored and recorded via our login process and a certificate of completion is issued upon the close of viewing the program. These CLEs can be viewed at anytime and only qualify for self-study CLE credits.

Many states allow for credit to be granted on a 1:1 reciprocal basis for courses approved in another mandatory CLE jurisdiction state. This is known as a reciprocity provision and includes the following states: AK, AR, HI, CT, FL, ME, MO, MT, ND, NH, NM, VT, NJ, NY, and WV. myLawCLE does not seek direct accreditation of live webinars or teleconferences in these states.

myLawCLE Credit Guarantee
Additionally, on all online CLE programs application for approval will be made in all states where attending attorneys are primarily licensed in. If a registered attorney does not receive credit from their state for any reason, a full refund will be granted.

Section I. Lawyers, Mental Health Issues, and Substance Abuse
a) Incidence; common experiences; theories of causation
b) How it can present – observations by others; law enforcement contacts
c) Ethical Perils of Attorney Impairment
d) Bar/Licensing Risks and Potential Consequences

Section II. Clients and Substance Abuse
a) Clients with substance abuse issues pose challenges implicating substantive case issues
b) Legal ethics and how attorneys should respond: real-life scenarios and appropriate handling

Section III. Detection of Mental Health Issues and Substance Abuse Facing Lawyers
a) Reaching out to a person in need – scenarios, recommendations, requirements, liability

Section IV. Treatment Options for Lawyers Struggling with These Problems
a) How to reach out if we are the person who needs help – State Bar Lawyer Assistance Programs – what they are, how they work, and how they can be of benefit