Mental Health & Well-Being During A Time of Crisis

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Today we all are experiencing tremendous stress due to the epidemic. At the best of times, attorneys are susceptible to mental health stressors, that can lead to problems including alcohol and substance abuse, anxiety and depression, and suicide. There are a variety of risk factors and causes for these problems, such as the individual personality types who are attracted to the profession, the nature of the profession, and environmental stressors like workplace culture. The COVID-19 pandemic, and the related economic instability, only compound these existing risk factors—mental health experts predict a tsunami of mental health challenges in the coming months.

The webinar will review the intersection of mental health challenges and attorneys’ ethical obligation to provide clients with competent representation. We will provide a brief overview of the eye-opening pre-epidemic statistics around depression, substance abuse, and mental health in the bar. We will discuss potential impacts on productivity and work quality, the responsibilities of managers and supervisors, and wellness focused solutions as well as how the USPTO’s Diversion Pilot Program and employers can help affected practitioners.

Dahlia George

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Dahlia George is an attorney in the USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline. She joined the USPTO in January 2005 as a Trademark Examining Attorney and  in 2008, she joined the USPTO Office of General Law where she investigated and prosecuted EEOC complaints, grievances, and Merit Systems Protection Bureau appeals. She also responded to subpoenas for Government witnesses and documents, investigated Federal Tort Claims Act claims and IG inquiries, and handled Reasonable Accommodation requests for legal sufficiency. In addition, she was the USPTO FOIA Officer. Since January 2011 to the present, she has served at the USPTO Office of Enrollment and Discipline where she investigates grievances and complaints alleging misconduct by patent and trademark practitioners; conducts moral character and “fitness to practice” applications for individuals seeking registration before the USPTO; and heads the Diversion Pilot Program for impaired practitioners.

Mercedes Meyer

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP

Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph.D., is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP’s Washington, DC office. She earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College (1988), her Ph.D. in virology from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston and The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (1994), and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center (1996). Mercedes is co-author with Professor David Hricik of Patent Ethics: Prosecution (4th ed., 2016-2017). She has lectured in the past on bioethics, ethics, and patents especially in the areas of biotechnology, due diligence, prosecution, and inter partes matters. Mercedes is an active member of IPO and a member of IPO's Education Foundation board of directors.

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Mental Health and Well-Being During A Time of Crisis
05/12/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
05/12/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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CA Certificate of Attendance
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available California has approved this course for 1 hour of CLE ethics credit. Only registered attendees that approved this course are eligible to claim credit. To claim your credit, select "Claim Credit" then "View/Print Certificate" for your records.
CO Certificate of Attendance
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available This course was approved in Indiana, a CO approved jurisdiction, for 1 hour of CLE ethics credit. Only registered attendees that viewed the program are eligible to claim credit. To claim your credit, select “claim credits” and then “view/print your certificate” for your records.
CT Certificate of Attendance
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available This course was approved in Illinois, a CT approved jurisdiction, for 1 hour of CLE ethics credit. Only registered attendees that viewed the program are eligible to claim credit. To claim your credit, select “claim credits” and then “view/print your certificate” for your records.
GA Certificate of Attendance
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available Georgia has approved this course for 1 hour of CLE ethics credit. Only registered attendees that viewed this course are eligible to claim credit. To claim your credit, select "Claim Credit" then "View/Print Certificate" for your records.
IL Certificate of Attendance
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available Illinois has approved this webinar for 1 hour of CLE professional responsibility credit. Only registered attendees that viewed the program are eligible to claim credit. To claim your credit, select “claim credits” and then “view/print your certificate” for your records.
IN Certificate of Attendance
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available Indiana has approved this course for 1 hour of CLE ethics credit. Only registered attendees that viewed this course are eligible to claim credit. To claim your credit, select "Claim Credit" then "View/Print Certificate" for your records.
MN Certificate of Attendance
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available Minnesota has approved this course for 1 hour of CLE ethics credit. Only registered attendees that viewed this course are eligible to claim credit. To claim your credit, select "Claim Credit" then "View/Print Certificate" for your records.
MO Certificate of Attendance
Up to 1.20 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.20 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available Missouri has approved this course for 1.2 hours of CLE ethics credit. Only registered attendees that viewed this course are eligible to claim credit. To claim your credit, select "Claim Credit" then "View/Print Certificate" for your records.
NJ Certificate of Attendance
Up to 1.20 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.20 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available New Jersey has approved this webinar for 1 hour of CLE ethics/professional credit. Only registered attendees that viewed the program are eligible to claim credit. To claim your credit, select "claim credits" and then "view/print your certificate" for your records.
NY Certificate of Attendance
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available This course was approved in Indiana, a NY approved jurisdiction, for 1 hour of CLE ethics credit. Only registered attendees that viewed the on-demand program are eligible to claim credit. To claim your credit, select “claim credits” and then “view/print your certificate” for your records.
PA Certificate of Attendance
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available Pennsylvania has approved this course for 1 hour of CLE ethics credit. Only registered attendees that viewed the program are eligible to claim credit. To claim your credit, select "Claim Credit" then "View/Print Certificate" for your records.
TN Certificate of Attendance
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available Tennessee has approved this course for 1 combined hour of CLE credit. Only registered attendees that viewed the program are eligible to claim credit. To claim your credit, select "Claim Credit" then "View/Print Certificate" for your records.
VA Certificate of Attendance
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available Virginia has approved this webinar for 1 hour of CLE ethics credit. Only registered attendees that viewed the program are eligible to claim credit. To claim your credit, select “claim credits” and then “view/print your certificate” for your records.
Mental Health & Well-Being During A Time of Crisis
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