Substance Abuse & Addiction in the Legal Profession (1.0 Competency Issues Participatory Credit)

Published by San Diego County Bar Association


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Substance abuse is a significant problem in the legal profession. Research shows that attorneys are more likely to have substance abuse problems than the average person. An attorney's addiction to drugs and alcohol doesn't just affect that attorney, but can negatively affect the clients of that attorney. Judge Oberholtzer will discuss how to avoid, and what to do if you fail to avoid, the dangers of substance abuse. Specific points to be covered: • What is addiction? • What is abuse, and how is it different from addiction? • How substance abuse can take over your life, and the professional consequences. • How you can help yourself. • What to look for in others and how to approach it. • Available resources.

Hon. David B. Oberholtzer
David B. Oberholtzer is a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County in California. He was appointed by former governor Gray Davis on May 9, 2002 to succeed Judith McConnell (California).

Originally Published

January 17, 2019

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Substance Abuse & Addiction in the Legal Profession - Video
  • Substance Abuse & Addiction in the Legal Profession - Paper

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