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indicates that a high rate of complaints against lawyers, both insurance
claims and discipline complaints, involve people with underlying disorders.
A study by the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program conducted in 2002
found that while the rate of claims against a group of attorneys before getting
into recovery was very high, after they got into recovery the rate plummeted,
to an even lower rate than the general rate for all lawyers. These are
good lawyers who have developed illnesses and can, with proper help,
become very good lawyers again.
If you have experienced any of these problems, are successfully dealing
with them and are willing to share, please get in touch with Derek LaCroix,
Q.C., at 604-685-2131 or at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
If you have any doubt that these are illnesses or think that they are a
reflection of some form of weakness or lack of moral fibre, please call me.
I will be pleased to provide information and, if it would be useful, to come
and provide information to your entire organization. It is important that we
help each other, and that we do so in the correct ways.
1. Krill, Johnson & Albert, “The Prevalence of Substance
Use and Other Mental Health Concerns
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Among American Attorneys”, (2016) 10 Journal of
Addiction Medicine 46–52.