Patrick R. Krill is Director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Legal Professionals Program. In that role, he helps addicted attorneys, judges and law students to prepare for and overcome the distinctive challenges they face in their recovery from chemical dependency. As a licensed attorney, board certified alcohol and drug counselor and graduate level instructor in addiction counseling, Mr. Krill brings a unique breadth of knowledge and perspective to the subject of behavioral health in the legal profession. He regularly provides print and broadcast interviews and is a frequent author and speaker on the subject of addiction and its intersection with the law, including his regular blog for the Huffington Post.
Patrick also serves on the Advisory Board of the Dave Nee Foundation, whose mission is to eliminate the stigma associated with depression and suicide by promoting and encouraging not only the diagnosis and treatment of depression among young adults, but also the education of young people, their families, and friends about the disease of depression.
Finally, Patrick conceptualized, developed and is currently co-facilitating a nationwide joint research project between the American Bar Association and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to survey the current rates of substance use, depression and anxiety among attorneys throughout the country. Results of the landmark study will be published in 2015.
Patrick earned his BA in Political Science and Government from American University, his JD from Loyola Law School, his LL.M. in International Law from the American University Washington College of Law and his Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. He is a member of the California and Los Angeles County Bar Associations.
Fabiani Duarte interviews Patrick Krill about the prevalence of substance misuse and other mental health concerns among lawyers.
With such a stressful profession, many attorneys face addiction and other mental health issues. If you find yourself struggling–or know another lawyer who is–what resources are out there? Does admitting a problem have to harm your career? What are your ethical duties if you do know that a colleague is battling an addiction or suffering...
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