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Wellness, The New Professional Priority Series: Dealing with Substance Abuse and Addiction

January 21 @ 12:00 pm

January 21, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (PST) via Zoom Registration is free to staff and attorneys with PSALA firms

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The legal profession suffers from rates of substance abuse at significantly higher rates than other professions. Substance abuse problems of all kinds have become more prevalent and pronounced during the COVID-19 pandemic, and law firms are not immune.


This session for all law firm personnel will examine the nature of the problem using both personal and professional perspectives, and then will review in some detail available resources, coping strategies, and solutions. At the end of the session, participants will be able to:


  • Identify addiction – and identify with addiction – in ways that might help them help others (or themselves);
  • Assist and support those suffering from addiction; and
  • Explore the possibility of being agents of institutional and cultural change in the struggle with addiction.



Dave Bruce has been a Seattle attorney for 35 years. He is very active in recovery; is a WSBA Wellness Program Peer Advisor; has completed the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy; and has completed Part One of the Washington State DSHS Certified Peer Counselor Training. He has been in recovery for 13 years, and his passion is assisting other addicts in maintaining recovery. In his day job he is a lawyer in private practice, and he is a 1985 graduate, magna cum laude, of Cornell Law School. He has two adult sons, and is married to Dr. Ann Bruce, whose passion is improving access to Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorder.


January 21
12:00 pm