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“To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer. Sadly, our profession is falling short when it comes to well-being.”

“Research confirms that environments that facilitate control and autonomy contribute to optimal functioning and well-being.”
– ABA National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being

Many things in the practice of law are beyond a lawyer’s control, from clients’ conduct to nonstop deadlines, which detrimentally affect lawyers’ lifestyles and health. This program will help lawyers identify behaviors that place colleagues and themselves at risk for mental health and substance abuse disorders and focus on issues that are within lawyers’ control.

This program is approved for 2.0 Hour Ethics and Professionalism Credit.
November 22 
State Bar of New Mexico
5121 Masthead Street NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: 505-797-6000


8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 10:00 Hour One – The QUIZ – A an interactive presentation of 10 Questions & Answers to hypothetical legal scenarios addressing current issues and topics in legal malpractice and ethics, as well as what lawyers you need to know to protect themselves from novel malpractice risks and ethics complaints.
10:00 – 10:10 Break
10:10 – 11:10 Hour Two – Recognizing and Responding to Lawyer Impairment in the context of Rules 16-803, 16-501, and 16-104.  Also, a review of Rule 16-115, Three Plans You Need to Take Control of Your Firm, the ABA Model Policy for Law Firms Addressing Impairment, and the ABA National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being Law Practice Management Practices Affecting Lawyer Well-Being

Speaker bio:

Christian A. Stiegemeyer, Director of Risk Management, The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company, received his B.A. in Communications from Southeast Missouri State University and his J.D. from The Saint Louis University School of Law. Prior to joining The Bar Plan, Chris was in private practice concentrating in the areas of domestic relations, criminal law, and appellate practice. Entering his 22nd year with The Bar Plan, Chris has annually conducted numerous Risk Management & Ethics seminars and webinars, on a wide variety of ethical and legal malpractice issues, covering current issues concerning professionalism and providing practical solutions for dealing with malpractice and ethical concerns.
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