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'Scared. Ashamed. Crippled': Overcoming Mental Health Disabilities in Law


Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 93 minutes
Recorded Date: June 10, 2019
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Agenda


  • Overview of Mental Health Issues in Law
  • What are some tell-tale signs of mental health conditions
  • Resources available to attorneys struggling with mental health issues
  • How to help other attorneys who are struggling with mental health issues?
  • Tips for Self-Care
  • Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour and 33 minutes
Recorded: June 10, 2019

Description

Lawyers suffer from mental health disorders at a disproportionate rate as compared to other professions. Despite this, the subject of mental health has, until recently, been taboo in most corners of the legal world. A number of attorneys, however, are working now to shed the stigma and break the silence.

This program will explore one attorney’s personal experience and struggles while suffering from severe depression, anxiety, and OCD as a practicing lawyer. It will also discuss the steps he took to reclaim his personal and professional lives when his symptoms became too much to bear.

This program was recorded on June 10th, 2019.

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American Bar Association
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Panelists

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Mark S. Goldstein

Partner
Reed Smith LLP

Mark is a partner in the New York office of Reed Smith and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Group.

Mark’s practice is focused on helping companies in New York and around the world manage their workplace needs. To that end, Mark counsels clients on a variety of day-to-day and also big-picture workplace issues. These issues include policy and handbook development; risk assessment and litigation avoidance; compliance with and overseeing anti-discrimination/harassment and other equal employment opportunity laws; wage and hour compliance; conducting internal investigations of sexual harassment and other allegations; hiring, discipline, discharge, reduction-in-force, and restructuring decisions; providing workplace training to managers and human resource professionals; enforcement of non-competes and other restrictive covenants; drafting employment, independent contractor, separation, confidentiality, and other workplace-related agreements; government audits and investigations; and a wide variety of other employment issues.

Mark also defends employers in a wide range of employment litigation matters. He has experience in both federal and state court, as well as before a multitude of government agencies, and has defended both single-plaintiff and class action claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, leaves of absence, misappropriation of trade secrets, and other torts and contract disputes arising out of the employment relationship. Mark has also represented clients in litigation involving covenants not to compete. Mark works with clients at every step of the litigation process to determine which cases should be litigated, which should be resolved in an alternative forum, and which can and should be settled.

Mark also advises clients on all aspects of employment-related issues in corporate transactions. This includes conducting due diligence in connection with proposed asset and stock purchases; reviewing and editing purchase agreements; preparing employment, retention, and separation agreements in connection with business mergers/restructurings; advising clients as to how best to onboard employees of predecessor companies; and assisting in the implementation of separation/mass layoff programs resulting from corporate transactions.

Mark is passionate about mental health issues in the legal industry. He frequently speaks about mental health-related topics, including through webinars, bar association events, and other programs/events.


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