The “Secret” Addiction: Gambling Disorders and the Legal Professional

Brian S. Quinn, Esq.
Brian S. Quinn, Esq. | Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc.

Brian S. Quinn, Esq. Lawyer in Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. Esquire is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania who currently serves as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc., a Lawyers Assistance Program established in 1988 for the purpose of helping lawyers, judges and law students recover from alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health disorders.

On-Demand: March 15, 2022

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Program Summary

The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers.

What about that “other” addiction – Gambling?

In 2018, the United States Supreme Court, in Murphy Vs. NCAA held that sports gambling was legal in all of the United States. By 2019, many states began approving both traditional and sports betting, making on-line gambling accessible by cell phone, computer, and tablets. As the world changed in 2020 with the onset of work from home law practices due to COVID-19, isolation and easy access to gambling followed. With it came the compulsive gambler.

Internet gambling and Sports betting apps are now an everyday part of watching television. Whether these forms of gambling are ever “risk free” may depend upon the nature of the risk involved.

This program will explore not only Gambling Disorder, but also the connection between gambling and the more well-known forms of impairment and why lawyers are at higher risk to develop problems. The results are startling.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • The early warning signs of impairment from Gambling Disorders
  • The impact of COVID-19 and the use of the internet on gambling disorders
  • The impact of the U. S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to approve sports betting
  • The services that Lawyers Assistance Programs provide to lawyers, judges, their family members, and law students
  • A close look at what barriers exist that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need
  • The role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession

Date / Time: March 15, 2022

  • 12:00 pm – 1:40 pm Eastern
  • 11:00 am – 12:40 pm Central
  • 10:00 am – 11:40 am Mountain
  • 9:00 am – 10:40 am Pacific

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Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Brian S. Quinn Esq._myLawCLEBrian S. Quinn, Esq. | Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc.

Brian S. Quinn, Esq. Lawyer in Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. Esquire is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania who currently serves as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc., a Lawyers Assistance Program established in 1988 for the purpose of helping lawyers, judges and law students recover from alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health disorders.

Mr. Quinn obtained his undergraduate degree in 1970, his law degree in 1973 and a certificate in Drug and Alcohol counselling in 2012, from Villanova University. A member of the Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations, he has been a private practitioner for over 40 years, having litigated both civil and criminal matters during his career.

Mr. Quinn also worked in the field of Alcohol and Drug Counseling in suburban Philadelphia from 2011 to 2017, allowing him to gain both practical and clinical experience with individuals suffering from alcohol, substance use and mental health disorders.

Mr. Quinn is a past member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania and served as a peer volunteer for over six years prior to accepting his current role as the organization’s Educator in 2017. He has written articles and made presentations on many lawyer wellness topics to law firms, Bar Associations, professional organizations and legal education providers on a state, national and international level.

Agenda

I. The early warning signs of impairment from Gambling Disorders | 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm
II. The impact of COVID-19 and the use of the internet on gambling disorders | 12:15 pm – 12:30 pm
III. The impact of the U. S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to approve sports betting | 12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
IV. The services that Lawyers Assistance Programs provide to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students | 12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Break | 1:00 pm – 1:10 pm

V. A close look at what barriers exist that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need | 1:10 pm – 1:25 pm
VI. The role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession | 1:25 pm – 1:40 pm