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Attorney Discipline and Mental Impairment

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 64 minutes
Recorded Date: June 25, 2019
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  • What's the problem with lawyers anyway?
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Cognitive Disability/Aging
  • Discipline Response and Ethical Obligation
  • Lawyer Impairment and Attorney Competence
  • Forensic Evaluation and Mitigation
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: June 25, 2019


Is your law practice taking a toll on you? Have you developed psychological or physical problems as a result? These impairments can manifest as professional misconduct or incompetence. Join Alex Yufik (Board Certified Forensic Psychologist and Attorney At Law) as he discusses the interaction between attorney impairment due to mental illness and the current state of attorney discipline as it attempts to balance the goals of public protection and assisting you in recovery.

This program was recorded on June 25th, 2019.

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American Bar Association
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Dr. Alex Y. Yufik

Case Management Supervisor
State Bar of California - Lawyers Assistance Program

Dr. Alex Yufik is a Board Certified Forensic Psychologist and a licensed attorney.

Dr. Yufik is employed by the State Bar of California as a Case Management Supervisor at the Lawyers Assistance Program, where he supervises other clinicians in the program and conducts evaluations of attorneys who require monitored recovery and treatment for substance abuse and/or mental illness. He also assists the State Bar Court and Office of Chief Trial Counsel regarding attorneys who face disciplinary proceedings and have mental health problems.

In his private practice, Dr. Yufik sees patients and conducts forensic evaluations of competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, sex offender evaluations, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychological injury in both criminal and civil cases.

He obtained his law degree from Villanova University School of Law and his doctorate in clinical psychology from George Washington University in D.C. 

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