Financial Stress, Mental Illness and Debt

Event Description

Online registration is closed. If you would like to join or have questions, please email Geen at

This program is sponsored by the HCBA Debtor/Creditor Section . Currently, all bar association programming is REMOTE-ONLY participation. There will be NO in-person attendance until further notice. Thank you.

Live Webcast Presentation:

Debtor Creditor and bankruptcy attorneys encounter clients and parties who are dealing with the stress of their financial difficulties and may present a mental health issue as well.  Learn how these issues may present themselves, how they affect interactions and representation, and what some options may be.  Topics will include:

1.  Introduction to mental illness – This will include Depression, Bipolar & Anxiety for sure, as well as addiction, especially compulsive gambling.  If there are other issues lawyers in this field face we can address those as well.

2. What the lawyer may observe that suggests a client or party is dealing with a mental health issue (including the impact of stress).  What options are present in representation (including can mental illness be argued as a mitigating factor or are debts more likely to be collected/paid if the person gets help)

3. Client service – the human factor.  What do you say if you believe any of these issues may be present?  I think we’d want to include something about warning signs of suicide.

4. What this does to the lawyer and how we can care for ourselves.


Michael D. Johnson, Attorney | Lawgix Lawyers, LLC
Randall P. Ryder, Founding Attorney | Ryder Law Firm
Robert Schuneman, J.D., MBA, Outreach Coordinator | Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Event Code: 340252 


HCBA Member:  $0
Non-HCBA Member:  $40
Law Student/New Admittee: Free 

Deadline to register: January 18, 2021 

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments: Due to the pandemic, accounting staff have limited access to the office making the processing of checks difficult. We request that you register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager.  If you must pay by check, please use this registration form.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Geen Mui

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Pre-Registration is Closed

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM