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Ethics and Well-Being: How to Balance and Manage Competing Obligations

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 59 minutes
Recorded Date: November 03, 2021
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  • Identifying th Problem
  • Stresses Specific to Lawyers
  • What to Look for? Stress, Depression, Anxiety, and Substance Abuse
  • Suicide Awareness & Prevention
  • The Impact of Stigma & Secrecy
  • Addressing the Problem
  • Education: Dispelling the Myths
  • Tips from the Expert
  • Institutional Best Practices
  • ABA Well-Being Pledge
  • Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: November 3, 2021

For NY - Difficulty Level: For experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)


This session will cover barriers to wellness for lawyers, and why lawyers are often reluctant to seek help. This panel will also include achievable strategies that lawyers can employ to enhance their well-being. In addition, this program will review lawyers' ethical obligations, and how enhancing personal well-being and adopting strategies for balancing life’s demands can enhance their ability to comply with these obligations.

This program was recorded as part of ABI's 2021 Consumer Practice Extravaganza Virtual Conference on November 3rd, 2021.

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American Bankruptcy Institute
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Kayla D. Britton

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Kayla Britton provides general and transactional representation to midsized businesses and publicly held companies in various industries, including financial, agribusiness, manufacturing, distribution, insurance and professional services. She has specific experience advising agribusiness clients in credit workout and transactional matters. She advises debtors and creditors in and out of bankruptcy, including representing clients in national Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Kayla’s experience includes business reorganization, restructuring, and liquidation and representing buyers, sellers, and lenders in distressed sales transactions.

Kayla represents debtors, creditors, committees and other interested parties in bankruptcy, including national Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. She also advises companies and boards of directors on pre-bankruptcy contingency planning, working to develop out of court solutions while also laying the necessary foundation to a successful bankruptcy proceeding if necessary.

Her experience includes advising chapter 11 debtors in the agribusiness, real estate, for-profit college, finance and manufacturing industries. She also represents clients in defending avoidance actions, advising on debtorin- possession credit facilities, and working with potential buyers in navigating the 363-sale process.

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Lynn S. Garson, Esq.

Baker & Hostetler, LLP

Lynn Garson brings a client-focused, business-oriented approach to her practice. She is diligent in facilitating a range of transactions and contracts for healthcare organizations and she prioritizes their strategic goals. Lynn has extensive experience with physician practice acquisitions, employment and related agreements, clinical trial agreements, and regulatory research.

In addition, Lynn is a mental health advocate and author. In July 2012, she published Southern Vapors, a memoir describing her journey from major clinical depression to recovery, and has since spoken widely, including a TEDx Emory talk: “Reforming the Approach to Mental Health in the U.S.” and made numerous presentations to private and public organizations. On December 8, 2013, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an article on her experience and mental health advocacy in a “Personal Journeys” segment, described by the paper as a feature that "spotlights the lives of extraordinary individuals and the stories that define our region and connect our community."

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