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Mrs. Sheryll Wood

Daniel Crandol

30 Mar. 2015


Silver, Marjorie A. "Substance Abuse, Stress, Mental Health and the Legal Profession."
Substance Abuse, Stress, Mental Health and (2004): NYLAT. Web.

The PDF document goes into detail explaining the correlation between mental health and
the legal profession. It also talks in great extent about how the pressure to be successful
as well as other external factors can lead an attorney to down spiral into depression and
drug abuse. For example, it brings up the various scenarios that can drive a lawyer to
begin drinking, and how his or her actions, or rather inactions can cause their drinking
problem to become an addiction.

For one, it was written by Professor Marjorie A. Silver, someone who is definitely a
professional in the issues discussed. Having worked in a law center before, she has
experience in dealing with lawyers going through this problem, and can tell from
firsthand experience how to identify when a lawyer is undergoing depression, and the
steps needed to help rehabilitate them. Also, it includes personal anecdotes of actual
lawyers who have gone through depression and/or alcohol abuse at some point in their
careers. This goes a long way towards lending some eyes behind the scenes of respected
attorneys, and showing how their paradise comes with a price.

This article will certainly give my proposal a level of legitimacy. Since the article was
written by a lawyer, and features anecdotes narrated by actual lawyers, it will definitely
feel more real when I use quotes from this document to help support my thesis.
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Weiss, Debra Cassens. "State Bars Battle Lawyer Depression; Legal Profession Ranks Fourth in
Suicide Rate." ABA Journal. ABA Journal, 22 Jan. 2014. Web. 29 Mar. 2015.

This article is a hybrid between a personal anecdote of Steve Angel, an attorney who
suffered from work burnout and almost succumbed to depression, as well as a few
paragraphs laying down statistics of the lawyer suicide rate in America, and why it ranks
so high among the most prevalent professions. The CNN portion of the site also points
out how much more susceptible lawyers are to depression as opposed to other
professions. It also talks about various programs that have been implemented to
counterattack high suicide rates in the legal field, such as confidential law assistance
programs, mandatory components to law education, and public education in general.

The most significance reason supporting this articles credibility is the abundance of
statistics used to validly the statements made by both the author as well as Angel himself.
Using CNN as a valid source strengthens its overall credibility, while it also cites the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention definitely sets it in stone. Another reason is
the final paragraph which talks about programs that have been used in order to reduce the
suicide rate, as well as educate lawyers about the consequences that comes with
alcoholism and pressure.

This article will provide several credible sources that I can use in order to back up my
spiel into the general effects of alcoholism and depression. After all, if a profession has
one of the highest suicide rates in the country and can be backed up by a reputable
source, then it should convince someone. It will also add a number of sources that I can
use in order to talk about long-term solutions to depression.

Moezzi, Melody. "Lawyers of Sound Mind?" The New York Times. The New York Times, 05
Aug. 2013. Web. 28 Mar. 2015.

This article is told through a first-person perspective, with author Melody Moezzi telling
a brief account of how she and her fellow colleagues had to be examined and diagnosed
in order to be certified by the American Bar Association. She continues to say how she
was constantly drilled with various questions pertaining to her well-being not just
physically but mentally as well. Moezzi points out how these fitness applications actually
discriminate against aspiring attorneys who have a preexisting mental condition, and are
denied admission solely because of it. In an interesting perspective, she says how lawyers
should be judged not by their mental health, but by their merit.
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For one, this article is told from a first-person point-of-view, which actually lends a lot of
credence to the validity of her words. You know that this is someone who has gone
through these events telling her side of the story, and that lends a great deal of pathos
towards using this as a primary source. Also, it talks about real-life lawyers, such as
Kathleen Flaherty, and how her story of being discriminated against because of her
mental condition relates directly to the overlying issue here.

I can definitely use this source as a way of showing what has been done in order to
prevent depression and deteriorating mental health in the legal profession. It gives clear,
concise examples of how discriminating against a law graduate based on preexisting
conditions doesnt work, and how it only hampers the level of productivity that that
attorney could bring.

"Lawyer Assistance Program for Lawyers | NCLAP." NCLAP. NCLAP, n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2015.

This is a general, nonbiased source that explains the necessity between Law Assistance
Programs (LAPs). Its very straight-forward, and offers answers to possible questions that
you may have concerning an LAP, and its overall effectiveness.

For one reason, this is perhaps the definite source when it comes to LAPs in North
Carolina. Since its taken from the official website of the North Carolina Law Assistance
Program, it definitely has some legitimacy behind its statements. As a second reason, it
can definitely provide some general information that will fill out the first paragraph of my
proposal. This will provide an excellent foundation for when I expand on some of those
points later on.

It will definitely provide excellent exposition for the proposal. It has enough unbiased,
generalized information to inform the reader of the symptoms and causes of depression,
as well as a program that will help lawyers deal with their internal problems.

Mystal, Elie. "Why Do Lawyers Drink So Much? Because They Can." Above the Law. Above
the Law, 24 Oct. 2012. Web. 29 Mar. 2015.

This article talks about various misconceptions and questions brought up concerning
alcoholism and the legal profession. It actually talks about the perceived positives that
could come with functional alcoholism and the availability of alcohol in the everyday
life of a lawyer. It basically brings a new perspective to this issue, as it delves into the
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mentality of big time lawyers and how they believe they can balance a healthy drinking
habit with their professional life.

One reason why Im choosing this article as a primary source is to really represent the
often nave approach that many lawyers have when it comes to drinking. It actually
brings up a very interesting perspective, one that can definitely offer a decent argument to
my own proposal. These lawyers may think theyre in control, but really, once you take
the first sip its difficult to stay sober both physically and mentally. Another reason is that
it brings up the concept of functional alcoholism. It shows how well-versed and
credible the author is when she can bring up this type of mentality, and not just make this
a black-and-white scenario.

This will definitely play the role of lending a voice to the opposing argument to my
proposal. That argument would be the benefits of alcoholism in controlled doses, and if it
truly hampers a lawyers performance in a negative way.

"Advertisement." Alcohol Abuse & Dependence. American Bar Association, n.d. Web. 29
Mar. 2015.

This is essentially an overview of alcoholism, substance abuse, and the legal profession.
It gives general, nonbiased information taken straight from the source, the American Bar
Association. It defines alcoholism, explains its many symptoms, as well as talks about the
consequences of alcohol addiction and what it means for the everyday lawyer.

A reason why I chose this source is that it comes from one of, if not the most legitimate
sources when it comes to alcoholism and the legal profession. It offers a list of symptoms
frequently associated with substance abuse, as well as statistics in just how many lawyers
are problem drinkers. As a second reason, it brings up the treatment of lawyers with
alcohol abuse/dependence.

Since this site was created by the American Bar Association, it instantly lends a sense of
credibility to my words. This will also provide legitimacy to my statements, and let me
provide some insight into alcohol dependence, especially coming from the organization
that licenses lawyers.