Survival Skills for Women Lawyers: Stress, Mental Health and Ethics


Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


VanLandingham Estate


CLE Credit:

3.0 Total Hours (2.0 Ethics + 1.0 Mental Health/Substance Abuse)



$175 Attorney Rate

$150 Charlotte Women's Bar Member Rate

$150 New Admittee Rate

$95 Paralegal Rate



VanLandingham Estate

210 The Plaza

Charlotte, NC 28205


Special Info:

1:30 p.m. Registration

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CLE Training

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception


Program Planners:

Tamara Huckert, Maloney Law &  Associates and Renee Hughes, Essex Richards


Sponsored by the Charlotte Women's Bar, Lawyers Mutual, and The Women's Leadership Initiative of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP       


2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  "Getting Lost" in Our Own Lives

Robynn E. Moraites, Executive Director, North Carolina Lawyers Assistance Program


Lawyers suffer increasingly from depression and anxiety, impairments of their own accord, but also major contributing factors to substance abuse. This program examines some of the root causes leading to substance abuse and factors that the legal profession itself contributes to these conditions. Participants will look at major stressors in the legal field and how these contribute. In addition, the program will cover statistics on substance abuse in the legal profession, a comprehensive examination of the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, the brain chemistry present in substance abuse, and some suggestions for prevention. Participants will be asked to examine some of their own behaviors that could lead to eventual impairment.


3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Communicating Success with Clients the Court and Colleagues

Mary Kaczmarek


In addition to technical competence, successful attorneys need excellent ethical interpersonal and communication skills.  Knowing the "how to do" and "what to do" is only the beginning of providing excellent service to firm clients.  This program is designed to promote insight into how personal communication styles and strategies may help or hinder career success while staying within the boundaries of an ethical practice.  We'll discuss best practices for rapport with clients, the court and colleagues.  We will also consider how to create and manage effective client service teams comprised of more senior and junior colleagues. Finally, there will be a focus on how to repair client relationships when there is a service shortfall.


4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Emerging Ethics: Regulating the New 2.0 Frontier

Camille Stell, Vice President Client Services, Lawyers Mutual


New technology and digital communication are pushing the limits of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Can we apply the rules designed for old school law practice to the internet, email, blogging and social media? Does this help or hurt the public?

·         Technology and communication issues before the ABA and state bars

·         New and pending NC State Bar ethics opinions

·         The use and misuse of social media from an ethics perspective

·         Creative marketing - should I worry about what the ethics rules say?

·         Awareness of ethics issues as we communicate with clients via e-newsletters, blogging and other forms of social networking



Download Registration form here and return via:

Fax: 704/333-6209

Mail: 1123 South Church Street, Suite 103, Charlotte, NC 28203

Phone: 704/375-8624