The growing problems caused by toxic work environment, client issues, and heavy workloads in the legal profession are the prevailing reasons for the increasing number of legal experts suffering from substance use and mental health issues. These, along with other challenges that are further worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasize the need for law firms and organizations to come up with wellness programs and initiatives that will mitigate the risks of professional dysfunction and maintain the well-being of lawyers.

Listen as a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders organized by The Knowledge Group provide the audience with the emerging substance use and mental health issues in the legal profession. Speakers, among other things, will offer practical tips and management strategies to create a safe and healthy working environment for lawyers.

Key topics include:

  • Mental Health and Substance Use Issues and Statistics
  • Impacts of Substance Use and Stress on the Legal Profession
  • Legal and Medical Interventions
  • Practical Tips and Strategies
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

Live Webcast





Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Ethics and Professionalism


Total Credit:

2.0 CLE

How to Claim CLE Credits Per State:

CLE State Requirements:

Speaker Panel:

Cari Guthrie Cho, President and CEO
Cornerstone Montgomery

Cari is a licensed social worker working in community mental health for over 30 years.  She received her MSW from the University of Maryland in 1995 and worked for Johns Hopkins Bayview and then Threshold Services where she served as Program Director, Rehabilitation Director and Clinic Director and Chief Operating Officer.  Ms. Cho has implemented multiple evidence based practices, including Integrated Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders, Motivational Interviewing, Supported Employment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention.  She facilitates training and consulting on these topics in Maryland and DC.  In 2012, Ms. Cho became the CEO of Cornerstone Montgomery (merger between Threshold Services and St. Luke’s House).  She is a board member for the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Susan B. Ramsey, Partner
Mclaughlin & Stern LLP

Ms. Ramsey’s professional experience began as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital. While pursuing her Bachelors’ Degree, she was a Counselor with the New Haven Rape Crisis Program. During her time with the Program, Ms. Ramsey counseled sexual assault survivors and performed seminars for local police departments, universities, and high schools. During her time working as a registered nurse, Ms. Ramsey attended law school. Ms. Ramsey graduated from City University of New Law School at Queens College.

She has spoken and presented publications for numerous organizations, including nursing and professional lawyer associations. She has published several articles for nursing journals and legal publications.  Ms. Ramsey is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys, National Crime Victims Bar Association, American Justice Association; Palm Beach County Bar Association; Palm Beach County Justice Association; and the Florida Justice Association. Ms. Ramsey is a Florida Licensed Health care Risk Manager.

She has received several awards for community service, including the Arnold Markle award by the Judicial District in New Haven, Connecticut, for her work with survivors of sexual assault.  Ms. Ramsey is currently a member of the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force, Pro Bono Counsel to the Florida Association of Recovery Residences. She is an active participant in grass roots organizations which support individuals who suffer from Substance Use Disorder and Survivors of sexual assault.

Ms. Ramsey is privileged to actively litigate cases on behalf of survivors involving sexual assault and other catastrophic injuries. These cases include injuries suffered by victims of negligence, medical and therapeutic negligence, poor substance abuse treatment and inadequate security.


Cari Guthrie Cho, President and CEO

Cornerstone Montgomery

Date & Time:

Friday, October 15, 2021

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (ET)

A recording will be available to view 24-48 hours after the live date.


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Who Should Attend:

  • Lawyers/Attorneys
  • Paralegals
  • Law Office Managers


Cari Guthrie ChoPresident and CEO
Cornerstone Montgomery
Susan B. RamseyPartner
Mclaughlin & Stern LLP




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