Broadcast Date: Friday, June 23, 2023
from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)


The excruciating workload and tough court cases that lawyers navigate daily have placed them at increased risk of substance abuse and addiction. Heavy drinking habits and abuse of drugs breed adverse psychological outcomes and poor job performance which remains to be a severe and unending problem in the legal profession. However, the fear of possible reputational damage and stigma around this scenario has placed a big barrier for lawyers in seeking medical help.

In this CLE Webcast, seasoned mental health attorney Carolyn Reinach Wolf (Abrams Fensterman LLP) will take the audience to an in-depth conversation about the growing issues surrounding substance abuse and addiction among legal professionals. The speaker will also present the best strategies and practices for prevention and treatment.

Key issues that will be covered in this course are:

  • Substance Abuse Rates in the Legal Profession
  • Common Barriers to Seeking Medical Help
  • Factors that Increase the Risk for Substance Abuse
  • Overview of Relevant Laws and Regulations
  • Effective Prevention and Treatment Approaches


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course


Method of Presentation:

On-Demand Webcast





Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Ethics and Professionalism


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE


Carolyn Reinach Wolf, Executive Partner - Director of Mental Health Law Practice
Abrams Fensterman LLP

Carolyn Reinach Wolf is an Executive Partner in the law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, LLP in Lake Success, New York 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 and her departmental attorneys, she specializes in guiding families through the complex landscape of legal issues that impact loved ones with serious mental illness and/or substance abuse issues. She also represents institutions, such as major hospital systems, mental health, healthcare and addiction professionals, and higher educational institutions. Ms. Wolf is a regular contributor to Psychology Today and was profiled by The New York Times in a 2013 story entitled, “A Guide in the Darkness,” which ran on the front page of the Sunday Edition Metro section.


Carolyn Reinach WolfExecutive Partner - Director of Mental Health Law Practice

Abrams Fensterman LLP

  • Identifying “red flag” behaviors of those who may be suffering from mental health issues, substance abuse, dementia.
  • Present statistics on substance use and addiction among lawyers.
  • Mental Health Legal Tool Kit: Legal and clinical interventions available to support those in need.
  • Lawyer Assistance Programs available through State or County Bar Associations.

Date & Time:

Friday, June 23, 2023

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Lawyers
  • Law Firm HR Managers
  • Law Firm Managing Partner
  • Law Clerks
  • Law Office Managers
  • Legal Assistants
  • Paralegals
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Carolyn Reinach WolfExecutive Partner - Director of Mental Health Law Practice
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