MDLA’s 19th Annual Women Lawyers' Virtual Brunch!
A Focus on Lawyer Well-Being
Why Women Want: An Analysis of Addiction in Females
2020 has unquestionably presented new challenges and change. At the same time, 2020 has given us permission to reset, focus on growth and our own long-term wellbeing.
In February 2019, the Minnesota Supreme Court hosted a Call to Action for lawyer well-being. It was initiated by the publishing of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation study that found lawyers are grappling with serious barriers to wellbeing. Lawyers, judges and law students are faced with an increasingly competitive and stressful profession. Studies show that substance use, addiction and depression are at surprisingly high rates. It is so important that we work collectively to identify ways to reduce the level of toxicity in our profession, eliminate the stigma associated with help-seeking behaviors, and emphasize that well-being is an indispensable part of a lawyer’s duty of competence. And it can start with education.
We are so excited to have Kristen Schmidt, MD, MAPH talk with us about why women face unique challenges that affect screening, diagnosis, illness and barriers in seeking—and getting—treatment. Highlights include the biological, psychological and cultural underpinnings of substance use disorders in females, along with evidence for best outcomes.
MDLA Members: Complementary
We will be taking donations online. Donate in increments of $25 below, or include with your registration.
Donations to Benefit Wayside Recovery Center
Admission fees collected and all donations will be used to purchase items for the Wayside Recovery Center. If you would like to purchase additional items, please use their Amazon wish list. Over its 65+ year history, Wayside’s services have benefited more than 30,000 women and their 6,000 children. Its role is to be an effective, caring partner so that all women, children and families
achieve healing and hope for a future free from the effects of addiction and trauma.
Attendees will receive 1 CLE credit for attending this meeting.
About the Speaker
Kristen Schmidt, MD, MAPH
Dr. Schmidt is a board-certified addiction psychiatrist at Hazelden Betty Ford, assisting patients in their recovery in both residential and intensive outpatient settings. Dr. Schmidt received advanced training in substance use disorders at UCLA, where she completed a research and clinical addiction psychiatry fellowship. Her interest in addiction psychiatry prompted her admission to the University of IllinoisCollege of Medicine at Peoria (where she graduated first in her class) and she then went on to complete a general psychiatry residency at Mayo Clinic, where she researched the unique relationship between substance use disorders and hormones. She used her expertise to contribute a chapter in The Assessment and Treatment of Addiction: Best Practices and New Frontiers. KSchmidt@hazeldenbettyford.org / 651.213.4196