How Mental Health and Addiction Affect Competence in the Legal Profession

A Webinar with Brian Cuban

Learn about the prevalence of mental illness within the legal industry—and how to stay compliant with your ethical obligations as a legal professional.

Many lawyers are suffering in silence—but they don’t (and shouldn’t) have to.

Pressure and stress come with the territory in the legal profession, but many lawyers struggle to cope with the job’s demands—and the consequences can be devastating. Mental health difficulties are incredibly common amongst attorneys, with a landmark 2016 American Bar Association study finding that 28% of licensed, employed lawyers suffer from depression and 19% have symptoms of anxiety.

Despite a growing understanding that the rigors of the legal industry take a heavy toll, there’s still a stigma associated with mental health and substance-related issues. Many lawyers balk at seeking professional help, and lawyers who could be thriving are struggling—especially when it comes to prioritizing self-care. 

Join lawyer and wellness speaker Brian Cuban, renowned author of The Addicted Lawyer, and Nefra MacDonald, Clio’s Affinity Partnerships Manager, as they share the impact of these issues on competence and ways to counter the stigma.

In this free webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How the stressors of the legal profession can affect mental health and substance abuse
  • The ethical and real-world implications of untreated mental health and substance use issues 
  • The truth about disciplinary myths around seeking help
  • What resources are available for lawyers and their colleagues to get assistance

Duration: 60 minutes

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Brian Cuban

Speaker and bestselling author of “The Addicted Lawyer”

Brian Cuban, the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban, is a Dallas-based attorney, author, and addiction recovery advocate. He is a graduate of Penn State University and The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Brian has been in long-term recovery from alcohol, cocaine, and bulimia since April of 2007. His first book, Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder, chronicles his first-hand experiences living with and recovering from twenty-seven years of eating disorders, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Brian’s most recent best-selling book, The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of The Bar, Booze, Blow, & Redemption is an unflinching look back at how addiction and other mental health issues destroyed his career as a once-successful lawyer and how he and others in the profession redefined their lives in recovery and found redemption. Brian has spoken at law schools, colleges, universities, conferences, non-profit and bar association events across the United States and in Canada. Brian has appeared on prestigious talk shows such as the Katie Couric Show as well as numerous media outlets around the country. He also writes extensively on these subjects. His columns have appeared and he has been quoted on these topics on CNN.com, Foxnews.com, The Huffington Post, Above The Law, The New York Times, and in online and print newspapers around the world.

Nefra MacDonald

Team Lead, Affinity Partnerships Manager


Nefra MacDonald is a legal technology and wellness speaker who, as the team lead of Affinity Partnerships at Clio, works with bar associations and other legal organizations to help lawyers succeed in their practices. Having worked in legal for over a decade, Nefra understands the pain points that affect legal professionals, and she uses her experience to help lawyers streamline processes and run a better business. A graduate of the University of Miami, Nefra is passionate about bringing a practical lens to each one of her presentations, so each attendee leaves with a takeaway that can improve their day-to-day. She has been a speaker at the Clio Cloud Conference, ABA TECHSHOW, and at many other legal conferences across North America.