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God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.

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1 God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.

2 Who do we want to be? What attorneys do when we are at the top of our game

3 Another way of thinking about ethics Ethics as describing a pattern of identity: What “sorts of people” are we becoming?

4 Oscar Wilde: “The thing about sin is not really what we do; it is who we become.”

5 Who am I? Who do I want to be? How do I get there?

6 The joy of stats! Conservative estimate: One in five attorneys suffer from alcoholism or other substance abuse.

7 Alcoholism/ Addiction: a disease Manifested by Physiological components Genetic predisposition Defined psychological aspects and patterns of behavior.

8 Attorneys and Addiction Much more difficult time getting and staying sober than rest of population.

9 Attorneys and Depression Per Johns Hopkins Study: – Attorneys lead country in rate of depression – As of 1996, attorneys overtook dentists as profession with the highest rate of suicide

10 Model Rule Reporting professional misconduct. (a) A lawyer who knows that another lawyer has committed a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct that raises a substantial question as to that lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects, shall inform the appropriate professional authority.

11 Functional Alcoholics Great workers. Lousy people.

12 NEBRASKA LAWYERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 1-(888) (NLAP)

13 What do we take from this? Law is your job, not your life; Don’t confuse the two

14 We are problem solvers. We just need the courage to change the things we can.


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