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Evolution of Lawyers Assistance Programs

Our premiere episode discusses issues that affect quality of life and quality of professionalism for lawyers.  We then go more in depth to discuss the various confidential support resources of the Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) that are available to lawyers and judges in Delaware.

Technology & The Law

Richard K. Herrmann, Esq. discusses law and technology, including how legal ethics relates to technology, how active has the Delaware bench and bar been in staying current with these issues, new trends in the development of law and technology, and areas where technology intersects with the law.

Mentoring, Legal Skills, & Professionalism

Delve into the Delaware State Bar Association’s mentoring program for new and seasoned lawyers. Our guest, David J. Ferry, Jr., Esquire of Ferry Joseph P.A. discusses building legal skills and professionalism, how to work with judges and opposing counsel, work life balance, managing the administration of a law practice, and the benefits to being a mentor.

A Personal Story of Addiction & Recovery

Chris Amalfitano discusses his personal story of alcohol addiction & recovery and how it affected his legal career (including the disciplinary process) and personal life. He also talks about the support and resources he received from the Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP), including counseling and group counseling with a licensed therapist, with an emphasis on confidentially and encouraging lawyers to seek out these services before life becomes a crisis situation. 

Trauma, Recovery & Hope

Explore the issue of trauma generally and also how this can affect lawyers and Judges including:  how can trauma at a person’s current age affect the person (i.e., toxic work environment and verbal abuse can lead to a crisis situation), trauma at a young age can affect a person later in life (i.e., being bullied as a child can decrease self-esteem, cause depression, etc.), and what help is available to persons who have suffered trauma. 

The Rules of Professional Conduct & The O.D.C.

Explore the role of Delaware’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel (the O.D.C.) and the experiences of attorneys following and not following the Rules of Professional Conduct. Other topics include the law profession’s high rates of mental health concerns and alcohol/drug abuse, internal and external stressors and how they can affect both the quality of life and quality of professionalism within the practice of law.