Lawyer assistance programs are stepping up efforts to reach attorneys with alcohol, drug and mental health problems amid signs that pressures in the profession may be taking a rising toll.

Alcohol is “far and away” the drug of choice for attorneys, judges and law students who are referred for substance abuse treatment, experts say. An ABA survey published last year found that 76 percent of issues addressed by lawyer assistance programs were related to alcohol abuse, followed by prescription drug abuse at 9.8 percent. Many clients are self-referred to LAPs and addiction treatment centers, but judges, disciplinary panels and employers refer many others.

“More and more we are seeing people who are, shall we say, given an ultimatum to get some help or not have their job,” said Patrick Krill, director of the legal professionals program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.


And speaking of alcohol, Oregon brewery Full Sail Brewing has filed a trademark suit against The Sessions Law Firm in Georgia, which markets its legal services with a suspiciously similar logo to that found on Full Sail’s Sessions Lager, a beer that I must admit am a fan of.

But why does a brewery care if a law firm’s logo is similar? Well, it turns out that Sessions Law Firm specializes in DUI cases. Hmmm, beer and DUI, not exactly two peas in a pod.

Check out the entry on Law.com.


The world’s oldest living man may be in Japan, but one of its oldest living lawyers works in Philadelphia.

Murray H. Shusterman started practicing law in 1936, and, at age 101, he’s still going strong. Currently a senior counsel at Fox Rothschild, he was also, until recently, an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law.

Don’t bother asking him when he’s going to retire—the concept doesn’t interest him. Or, in his own words: “What? Retire? Sit in a rocking chair and wait to die?” Well, when you put it that way …