Broadcast Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (ET)


The current COVID-19 crisis has greatly impacted all industries across the world and the legal industry is no exception. Recently conducted studies show how the pandemic instigated a spike in the stress and anxiety levels of lawyers. Thus, a significant increase of alcoholism, mental health distress, and other related health problems had been noted in the legal industry. This underscores the importance of having a mental health response program that could provide attorney-specific clinical interventions.

Our panel of key thought leaders and practitioners will offer a comprehensive discussion of legal professionals’ mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers will also provide significant tips and strategies on how to maintain sound mental well-being in the legal industry, especially in these trying times.

Key issues that will be covered in this course are:

  • Mental Health Issues in the Legal Profession
  • COVID-19 Implications on Lawyers’ Mental Well Being
  • Identifying Red Flag Behaviors
  • Clinical and Legal Interventions and Protocols for Attorneys with Mental Diagnosis
  • Creating a Safe Work Environment for Lawyers During a Pandemic
  • Best Practices


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)





Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Ethics and Professionalism


Total Credits:

2.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Carolyn Wolf, Executive Partner
Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP

Carolyn Reinach Wolf is an Executive Partner in the law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP and Director of the Firm’s Mental Health Law practice. She is the only attorney in the country with a family-focused practice dedicated to serving individuals and families struggling with serious mental illness and/or alcohol/drug addiction. Supported by a team of expert clinicians, she specializes in navigating the complex landscape of legal issues utilizing her mental health toolkit to coordinate services for those in need.

Mark Yacano, Managing Director
Major, Lindsey & Africa

Mark Yacano is the host of “Erasing the Stigma, Conversations About Mental Health in the Legal Profession” podcast.  He cares deeply about the well-being of attorneys and staff in the legal profession and is passionate about addressing that systemic mental health issues that put the profession at risk. Mark’s legal career spans more than thirty years.  In private practice he was an accomplished product liability lawyer and a nationally prominent expert in eDiscovery. Also, Mark co-managed a national litigation firm and guided it through a strategic merger.

Terry Harrell, Executive Director
Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program

Terry L. Harrell, JD, LCSW, LCAC, MAC, has been Executive Director of the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program for almost 20 years, following a decade of work in the mental health field.  Terry is active with the Indiana State Bar Association and a Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation, currently co-chairing the state bar wellness committee.  She serves on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Program’s Policy and Well-Being Committees, serves on the National Task Force on Lawyer Well Being, and serves as an advisor on the New York State Bar Association Attorney Well-Being Task Force.

Doris Gundersen, Medical Director
Colorado Physician Health Program

Dr. Doris Gundersen is board certified in both general adult and forensic psychiatry.  She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado where she teaches medical student residents and fellows. Additionally, Dr. Gundersen maintains a private practice in general adult and forensic psychiatry.

In 2000, Dr. Gundersen was invited to join the Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) team and for twenty years, has been dedicated to assisting physicians with serious illnesses and providing education to medical communities locally, nationally and internationally concerning physician health.



Carolyn WolfExecutive Partner

Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP

  • Personal and Professional Self-Care During COVID-19: Coping with Prolonged Stress and Anxiety.
  • Identifying “red flag” behaviors on virtual platforms: Signs of mental health issues, alcohol and/or substance abuse.
  • Mental Health Legal Tool Kit: Legal and clinical interventions available to support those in need.


Mark YacanoManaging Director

Major, Lindsey & Africa

  • How to ask for help if you are feeling depressed or overwhelmed
  • What to expect from therapy
  • How to build on work done in therapy
  • How to understand medication as part of your therapy
  • How to talk about your feelings with others


Terry HarrellExecutive Director

Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program

  • General statistics on Lawyer SUD and other MH issues pre-CoVID
  • Alcohol Use during the Pandemic
  • LAPs as a Resource
  • Self-care generally and during a pandemic


Doris GundersenMedical Director

Colorado Physician Health Program

  • The Psychological Impact of a Pandemic

Date & Time:

Thursday, January 14, 2021

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

Who Should Attend:

  • Lawyers
  • Paralegals
  • Law Office Managers
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Carolyn WolfExecutive Partner
Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP
Mark YacanoManaging Director
Major, Lindsey & Africa
Terry HarrellExecutive Director
Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program
Doris GundersenMedical Director
Colorado Physician Health Program



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