ACLL Events & News - May 11, 2022

Bernard E. Witkin Law Library Alameda County

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ACLL Events & News

May 11, 2022


Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession: Prevention, Detection, Treatment

Tuesday, May 17

12 - 1

Free virtual online event

1 hour participatory MCLE credit - Competence Issues



Program Description

In this presentation, David Mann provides a review of the brain chemistry of addiction and alcoholism, as well as a discussion of the behavioral and health consequences of the disease.  Insights are offered into the personality traits of attorneys and the qualities of the legal profession that combine to make lawyers significantly more susceptible to addiction, and more difficult to treat, than the general population.  The presentation includes a case study of an addict attorney, as well as a self-diagnosis exercise for attorneys to utilize if they are concerned that they may have a problem which needs to be addressed.  Concluding remarks are directed towards both systemic and individual solutions to the problem, with references to specific strategies and resources available to attorneys.

Mr. Mann approaches this very serious topic in a manner that incorporates humor and irony and invites attorneys to engage in a bit of sometimes much-needed self reflection.



About the Speaker

David Mann is a graduate of Ohio State University and Stanford Law School. He served as a Deputy Public Defender in San Francisco before becoming a solo criminal defense practitioner. After 12 years of practice, substance abuse-related issues caused him to resign from the bar with disciplinary charges pending.  Following a relentless battle with addiction which included numerous hospitalizations and periods of living on the streets, he succeeded in getting clean and sober in 1998.  Since then he has worked, among other things, as a cab driver, a private investigator, a paralegal, and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor.  He presently serves as the Northern California Consultant to The Other Bar, a statewide organization of recovering attorneys, judges, and law students.  In this capacity, he spends his time providing outreach and education to the legal community, and assisting attorneys as they struggle with substance abuse and related challenges that threaten their ability and/or eligibility to practice law.

Advance registration required.  Register via Eventbrite by noon the day before the program to receive a link.

Flyer available HERE


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Superior Court of California, County of Alameda

The Superior Court of Alameda County has made a number of upgrades to the Court's internet sites. The Court's primary site has undergone a complete facelift.  The new site has been redesigned to be easier to use and navigate. 


Also, in the past few months, the Court introduced the eCourt Public Portal - a site to access case information for general civil, small claims, civil appeals, and ADR functions.  Family and probate case information is still found on the older DomainWeb site. Information for traffic court can be found HERE. The database for criminal records is accessed through the Odyssey Portal.

The first step in using the new eCourt Portal is to create an individual account including a payment profile.  To help parties with navigating and utilizing the new eCourt pages, the Court has provided a reference guide

For more in-depth court records research, individuals may use public access terminals and indexes in person for free.  A general outline of availability of court records for research purposes can be found HERE at the bottom of the screen.



Questions?? Contact the Reference Desk by email  or phone 510.208.4832

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