The Compromised Litigant: Dealing with substance abuse and mental illness in family law cases

Kelly L. Burris
Kelly L. Burris | Cordell & Cordell

Kelly L. Burris is licensed in Texas and Oklahoma. Ms. Burris is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas; Juris Doctor from Texas Tech School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor on the Law Review.

On-Demand: May 17, 2024
The Compromised Litigant: Dealing with substance abuse and mental illness in family law cases

$195.00 2 hour CLE

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Program Summary

Mental illness and substance abuse issues are an inevitable part of almost any family law practice. However, no matter how frequently these issues come up, no case is ever the same. It is important to be able to know as much as we can about these issues in order to brainstorm the best solution for each unique situation. This course will delve into various aspects crucial for legal practitioners working in this domain. It will cover topics such as recognizing signs of mental health disorders or substance use and abuse in clients or in opposing parties, testing and evaluations and strategies for dealing with these issues both early on and later in a case. We will discuss the impact of these issues on child and property related issues and collaboration with experts and professionals when dealing with these issues.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Drug Testing and Diagnosis of Mental Health Disorders
  • Treatment options before, during and after a case
  • Litigation strategies on each side and possible solutions
  • Best use of experts

Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Kelly-L.-Burris_-Cordell-&-Cordell_myLawCLEKelly L. Burris | Cordell & Cordell

Kelly L. Burris is licensed in Texas and Oklahoma. Ms. Burris is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas; Juris Doctor from Texas Tech School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor on the Law Review. She was a director on the board for the Texas Young Lawyers Association from 2002-2003 and again from 2007-2011. In addition, she also served as Director on the board for the Dallas Young Lawyers Association from 2005-2011.

Ms. Burris has held memberships to the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists since 2008, the Texas Bar Foundation since 2008, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation since 2004, and the College of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas State Bar Association. In 2010, she received the President’s Award of Merit from the Texas Young Lawyers Association. She was named one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas under 40” by D Magazine in 2006. From 2004-2006 and 2008-2014, Ms. Burris was recognized as a Texas Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers. From 2017-2019, she was named a Super Lawyer.

Ms. Burris has written numerous articles and presented speeches on various topics in family law to fellow attorneys, paralegals, and mediators as well as the public. Ms. Burris has settled and litigated complex custody cases and property cases involving multi-million-dollar estates. She discussed divorce, spousal, and child support modification during COVID-19 on FOX26 in Houston, Texas and has been quoted in the New York Times in an article about the complications that are arising in divorce cases due to the emergence of cryptocurrency as well as the London Herald and other international publications.

She regularly presents on various continuing legal education topics for MyLawCLE, Stafford, Legal Career Association and other organizations.

Agenda

I. Drug Testing and Diagnosis of Mental Health Disorders | 11:00am – 11:30am

II. Treatment options before, during and after a case | 11:30am – 12:00pm

Break | 12:00pm – 12:10pm

III. Litigation strategies on each side and possible solutions | 12:10pm – 12:40pm

IV. Best use of experts | 12:40pm – 1:10pm