September 9, 2016
7:30 AM to 10:00 AM (CT)
Chicago Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago
The Kennedy Forum and the Lawyers’ Assistance Program invite you to a breakfast addressing mental health and addiction issues in the legal profession. Proceeds from this event will help the Illinois Lawyers’Assistance Program provide additional treatment assistance, and support The Kennedy Forum Illinois’ mission to end stigma against mental illness and addiction. A landmark study released by the American Bar Association and conducted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs revealed substantial and widespread levels of problem drinking and other behavioral health problems in the U.S. legal profession. Published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the study found 21% of licensed, employed attorneys qualify as problem drinkers, 28% struggle with some level of depression and 19% demonstrate symptoms of anxiety.
Space is limited. Please reserve your seat before August 19.
To register for this event, please e-mail or fax Stacey Smith at: Stacey@thekennedyforum.org or 312-278-0162. With any questions, call 312-600-9496.
Individual tickets may also be purchased online.
View the program flyer here.
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, member of The Kennedy Forum Illinois Advisory Committee
Brian Cuban, attorney, author, and activist
Lester Munson, ESPN legal writer/reporter
ATTORNEY HEALTH AND WELLNESS: 2016 RESEARCH REVEALS A CALL FOR ACTION
Study Author Patrick Krill, Founder and Principal of Krill Strategies, and Public Affairs and Policy Advisor to The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
A discussion of the landmark study completed by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association regarding the prevalence of addiction and mental health concerns in the Illinois legal community.
A BALANCING ACT: SUPPORTING LAWYERS WHILE PROTECTING THE FIRM
Tony Pacione, Clinical Director for the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program and Stephanie Stewart, Partner, Meyer Law Group LLC. Jason Guisinger, Attorney at Law, and Eric Langshur, Founder, Life-XT.
A conversation about how to successfully identify, treat and support recovery for attorneys, while maintaining the integrity of the firm and improving performance. Special attention will be placed on the practical application of the best practices in clinical, legal and human resources.
Anne M. Burke
Justice Anne M. Burke is a member of the Illinois Supreme Court’s First Judicial District. She was appointed to the Supreme Court on July 6, 2006 and was elected in 2008. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Justice Burke was appointed to the Appellate Court in 1995 and was elected the following year to the Appellate bench where she served until July 5, 2006. Her judicial career began earlier, in 1987, with an appointment to the Illinois Court of Claims by Governor Jim Thompson. She was later reappointed by Governor Jim Edgar. Before serving on the Illinois Appellate Court, Justice Burke provided in-depth leadership in reshaping and improving the Illinois juvenile justice system. Governor Jim Edgar appointed her Special Counsel for Child Welfare Services, and made her a member of his Legislative Committee on Juvenile Justice.
Prior to her judicial career, Justice Burke was a physical education teacher with the Chicago Park District where she worked with children with disabilities. Out of that experience, she went on to co-found the Chicago Special Olympics in 1968. She later served as a director of that organization as it grew to become the International Special Olympics represented in more than 170 countries.
As a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Justice Burke is a frequent speaker and panelist before many civic and local Bar Associations. For more than two years, serving as Interim Chair, she directed the efforts of the National Review Board of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops investigating the causes and effects of the clerical sexual abuse scandal and helped to establish guidelines and policies for effectively responding to this scandal. She currently serves on the Executive Steering Committee of Kennedy Forum Illinois. Justice Burke is married to Chicago Alderman Edward M. Burke and they have five children, Edward Jr., Jennifer, the late Emmett, Sarah and Travis, and nine grandchildren.
Brian Cuban is an attorney and author “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder,” chronicles his first-hand experiences living with, and recovering from, twenty-seven years of eating disorders, alcoholism, drug addiction and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). He has spoken at colleges and universities across the United States and in Canada. Brian has appeared on prestigious talks 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 on CNN.com, Foxnews.com, The Huffington Post and in online and print newspapers around the world. Brian is currently working in his second book, entitled, “The Addicted Lawyer: Tales Of The Bar, Booze, Blow And Redemption
Recognized globally as a leading authority on the substance use and mental health problems of lawyers, Patrick R. Krill is the founder of Krill Strategies, a behavioral health consulting firm exclusively for the legal profession. Patrick is an attorney, licensed and board certified alcohol and drug counselor, author, advocate, and thought leader. His groundbreaking work in the area of attorney behavioral health includes initiating and serving as lead author of the first and only national study on the prevalence of attorney addiction and mental health concerns, a joint undertaking of the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
Patrick is the former director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Legal Professionals Program, a preeminent clinical treatment program for addicted attorneys, judges and law students. While leading that program, he counseled many hundreds of legal professionals from around the country who sought to better understand and overcome the unique challenges faced on a lawyer’s road to recovery. Patrick has authored more than thirty articles related to addiction and other mental health concerns, including frequent contributions to CNN.com, the Huffington Post, and other national outlets. A regular source for print and broadcast media, he has been quoted in dozens of national and regional news outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and countless legal industry trade publications and blogs. Patrick continues to serve as Public Affairs and Policy Advisor to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
Eric has been committed to health and wellbeing innovation for over fifteen years and today is a New York Times best selling author, sought-after public speaker, entrepreneur and investor.
His book, “Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing,” (Simon and Schuster: North Star Way) co-authored with Nate Klemp synthesizes the world’s ancient philosophy about wellbeing, validates it with cutting edge neuroscience and translates the timeless wisdom ideas into effective practices.
Eric is the co-founder of Abundant Venture Partners, a purpose-based firm focused on improving the human condition through investing in human wellness, performance and engagement.
Through Abundant Venture Partners Eric co-founded AVIA, the nation’s leading health system innovation network, where he serves as Chairman and CEO. Eric is also a co-founder and director of LIFE CrossTraining and PatientWisdom, and is also currently a director of PUSH Wellness, Frequency540,and Healthfinch.
Eric also founded and built CarePages, (acquired by Steve Case) and Rise Health (acquired Best Doctors). Before transitioning to values-based entrepreneurship, Eric held top corporate executive positions at United Technologies Corporation and Bombardier Aerospace.
Eric holds an MBA from Columbia University. He and his wife Sharon, live in Chicago with their three children.
Lester Munson is a Senior Writer and Legal Analyst at ESPN and ESPN.com. For 26 years, he has reported on money, celebrity, violence, sex, drugs, race, gender, greed, court decisions, falls from grace, and government actions in the sports industry. His recent assignments include the antitrust litigation attacking the NCAA and seeking cash payments for student athletes; the effort by women’s national team soccer players to obtain equal pay; the murder prosecutions against Aaron Hernandez; the sexual assault allegations against Patrick Kane; the investigation of Tom Brady and deflategate; the domestic violence and child abuse scandals in the NFL involving Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and Greg Hardy; the assault prosecution of Hope Solo; the attempt by Northwestern University football players to form a union; and, numerous incidents involving performance enhancing drugs.
From 1991 to 2004, he was on the staff of Sports Illustrated. He is an adjunct instructor at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago Law School and is a lawyer licensed to practice in Illinois. He is a trustee of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. His wife, Judith, is an attorney who has devoted her legal career to public health issues on the local, state, federal, and international levels. Lester and Judith live in Chicago.
Tony Pacione, MSW, MAEd, is currently the Clinical Director for the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program, providing behavioral health and addiction services to attorneys, judges, and law students. Tony possesses a wealth of experience as a clinician and program director in the addiction and behavioral health field since 1982. He has successfully integrated evidence-based treatments such as mindfulness-stress reduction training and cognitive behavioral therapy with interventional approaches in the legal profession.
Tony received an ABA appointment to the Advisory Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs in 2014-2016, and was appointed by the AIOC/Illinois Supreme Court as a Judicial Faculty member for the New Judge Seminar in 2015. He has published articles on addictions for academic and trade association journals. He has provided training on addiction treatment, and stress management to health care, attorneys, and other professionals at such venues as the Illinois Psychological Association, DePaul University, the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Northwestern University School of Law.
Tony is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and a Certified Supervisor Addiction Counselor. He holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Arts in Education degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.
Stephanie L. Stewart
Ms. Stewart is a partner at the Meyer Law Group, LLC. After graduating from Northwestern University Law School in 1994, Ms. Stewart served as a prosecutor at the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (“ARDC”) where she investigated and litigated hundreds of attorney disciplinary cases. In 1999, she was promoted to Senior Counsel to the Administrator of the ARDC, a position she held until leaving the ARDC for private practice in 2002. Recognized by her peers as a “Super Lawyer” and/or “Leading Lawyer” in professional liability since 2007, Ms. Stewart concentrates her practice in ARDC defense, legal malpractice, representation before the Committee on Character and Fitness, and representation before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Ms. Stewart has served as both a consulting and a testifying expert in the legal ethics field and regularly advises and represents governmental entities, corporations, law firms, and individual lawyers in ethics matters. For example, she has conducted internal ethics investigations, including Himmel investigations, for some of the largest law firms in Chicago. She has also represented attorneys and law firms in relation to motions to disqualify and for sanctions, fee disputes, and partnership matters. Ms. Stewart was appointed as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney in both Cook and Winnebago Counties with respect to ethics matters, and previously chaired the CBA’s Committee on Professional Fees.
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