Replay – What to Do When You See Cognitive Decline

Date: Jul 28, 2024 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $184

Non-Member Price: $225

Event Code: I151924R

Areas of Law: Lawyer Well-Being

Earn up to 2.4 credits, including 1.0 in Ethics! (More Information)




Dr. Defne Ekin
Team Clinician, New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program, New Brunswick


Ayesha Krishnan Hamilton, Esq.
Chair Elect, Women in the Profession Section
Hamilton Law Firm PC, Princeton
Michael T. McCormick, Esq.
Director, New Jersey Lawyers Fund For Client Protecction, Trenton
Dr. Robert Trobliger
Director of Clinical Neuropsychology, Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group
Rachael Weeks, Esq.
Deputy Ethics Counsel, New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics
Miles S. Winder, III, Esq.
Past President, NJSBA
Expert in Attorney and Law Office Succession, Tacoma

Best of NJICLE Replay
Don't miss this opportunity to catch up on the What To Do When You See Cognitive Decline- An Ethics Seminar you missed!

Presented in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and the New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program (NJLAP)

According to a 2021 ABA Study, there are over 1.2 million practicing attorneys, sitting judges, and judicial law clerks in the United States. Of those, approximately 168,000, roughly 14%, are over the age of 65. With age comes experience, a solid client base built over many years and a trusted network of colleagues with whom a lawyer can exchange ideas, try out a new legal theory, or socialize. There can sometimes be a downside to age though. For some lawyers, older age brings cognitive impairment.

This replay will address the difficult subject of what to suspect when a colleague, partner or adversary is experiencing cognitive decline. Expert clinicians and experienced ethics counsel will give you concrete information about symptoms to watch for (memory is only one), and how to react in a compassionate, caring manner that honors your colleague or partner while keeping you – and them- inside of the ethics requirements and safeguarding their clients’ cases.

Topics include:

  • What are the signs of cognitive decline?
    - Representative Hypothetical
    - Medical and Therapeutic Discussion
    - Rules of Professional Conduct that might be implicated
  • How to respond when it appears another attorney has cognitive decline.
    - What to say or do? A practical “how to.”
    - What are your ethical obligations?
    - Representative hypothetical
    - Employment law implications
    - Third party referrals
  • How to respond to concerns regarding your own mental health.
    - Representative hypothetical
    - Cognitive evaluations summary
    - Disability inactive status, when, why and how.
  • How to limit or leave your practice with pride in your legacy of grace and health.
    - Representative hypothetical
    - Succession planning
    - Lawyers Fund for Client Protection

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2.4 hours of total CLE credit, including 1.0 in Ethics (Full Credits Available: NJ Ethics: 1.0, NJ General: 1.4).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Ethics Non-Transitional: 1.0, NY Professional Practice Transitional: 1.0
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 0.5, PA Substantive Credit: 1.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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