Virtual Isolation: Is Hyperconnectivity Helping or Harming the Legal Professional?

If we stop to think about what we look at most during the day, the answer would probably not be our family or friends, nor our clients or colleagues. The most feasible option would be our mobile phone. Smartphones are now our companions for work, social, leisure and even family life. However, excessive use can lead to problems of dependence, addiction and fear. We find ourselves simultaneously connected and alone. Workers today are "never turned off.” Like our mobile phones, we only go on standby at the end of the day as we crawl into bed, exhausted.

Gradual, incremental increases in responsibilities, duties, pressures, and demands upon lawyers, at home, and at work, combined with long work days and weeks have placed our profession at risk. At some point work may dominate our lives and keep us at a chronically high level of distress, yet we are often unaware that we have lost balance in our lives. Since it doesn’t appear that the “always-on” culture will be switching off any time soon, we need to develop key strategies that can help safeguard our personal life.

Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. 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.

And technology ? What role does it play in perpetuating this public health crisis?

This presentation is approved for one hour of Competence Issues MCLE credit in California.


  • The free services that Lawyers Assistance Programs provide to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students

  • The early warning signs of impairment, with special emphasis on stress, anxiety and trauma, including the mental health impact of technology in the post-COVID-19 world.

  • A close look at what barriers exist that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need and the role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession.

  • Wellness strategies that can be used by legal professionals and their families

  • The ethical challenges created by the imposed isolation of the pandemic, including the role technology plays, and it’s possible long-lasting effect on the legal profession.

Topics covered include: Competence Issues
Duration of this webinar: 60 minutes
Originally broadcast: October 27, 2023 11:00 AM PT
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits

*CLE credit is only available to Justia Connect Pros. Not a Pro? Upgrade today>>

California CLE

Status: Approved

Credits: 1.0 Competence Issues

Earn Credit Until: October 26, 2025

Looking for CLE credit? Visit CLE Center CLE Accreditation
Brian S. Quinn
Brian S. Quinn Education and Outreach Coordinator
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of PA, Inc.
Brian S. Quinn, 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, substance misuse and mental health disorders. Read More ›
Watch Related Videos