Changing Times: Ethical and Practical Considerations for the Legal Profession

Changing Times: Ethical and Practical Considerations for the Legal Profession

The Florida Bar now requires five (5) CLE Professional Responsibility Credits in the areas of legal ethics, professionalism, bias elimination, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness programs. We want to help you earn ALL five credits in just one morning, while also helping others.

This intermediate workshop will help legal professionals to address ethical and practical considerations in a changing world. By providing a better understanding the role of health and illness in American society, this workshop will shed light on health, mental illness, substance abuse and dependence disorders to allow lawyers to advance professional behaviors and advance professional responsibility.

Costs and Credits
Participation costs $100 which includes attendance at this dynamic program, continental breakfast, and a boxed lunch, and five (5) Florida Bar approved Continuing Legal Education credits to satisfy Professional Responsibility credits in ethics, bias elimination, substance abuse and mental illness awareness.

Shed Boren, Ph.D. (Shed Boren) is a social worker and healthcare executive recognized for his advocacy for others. He has worked on behalf of vulnerable populations for more than 30 years, with a focus on those living with HIV/AIDS, chronic diseases, mental health challenges and in poverty. Dr. Boren has served as CEO of Camillus Health Concern, Camillus House, Sister Emmanuel Hospital and as the founder of Mercy Hospital’s AIDS program.

Rebecca “Café” Brown (Rebecca Brown) served over four years in the Florida Department of Corrections, is a graduate of LEAP, and serves on the Board of Directors. Active in a wide array of ministries, Café also makes soap sold through LEAP’s Dragonfly Thrift Shop.

Marie S. Dezelic, Ph.D., PsyD, has a private psychotherapy and coaching practice in South Florida. Dr. Dezelic sees adolescents, adults, couples, and families, and travels nationally and internationally for crisis intervention. Her main focus of clinical research lies in trauma, grief, and spirituality through an Existential/Logotherapy integrative framework. Dr. Dezelic holds a Ph.D. and a PsyD in psychology and a Master of Science degree in mental health counseling. Dr. Dezelic has published numerous books and workbooks, and her newest co-authored publication is “Trauma Treatment – Healing the Whole Person: Meaning-Centered Therapy & Trauma Treatment Foundational Phase-work Manual.”

Dori Foster-Morales (Dori Foster-Morales) has a diverse legal background. Prior to her current practice, Ms. Foster-Morales worked for the United States Environmental Protection Agency and was an Assistant State Attorney in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, where she prosecuted career criminal felony offenders for the last three years of her tenure. Ms. Foster-Morales has been extensively involved in bar leadership at all levels, locally and statewide, which culminated in her election to the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors in 2008.

Pedro Jose “Joe” Greer, MD is the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine where he oversees educational programs which aim to develop highly skilled and culturally competent physicians who are socially accountable to their communities. Dr. Greer, a gastroenterologist, and hepatologist, founded Camillus Health Concern. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, three Papal Medals, and the prestigious MacArthur “genius grant.” Waking Up in America: How One Doctor Brings Hope to Those Who Need It Most, his autobiography, details Dr. Greer’s early years as a physician, delivering care to patients living under highway overpasses in Miami.

Judge Steven Leifman is at the forefront of a public policy movement in the criminal justice system to reduce the number of people with mental illness in prison, and to develop alternative approaches that offer treatment and support for recovery. Judge Leifman serves as Associate Administrative Judge in the Miami-Dade County Court Criminal Division and Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health for the Supreme Court of Florida.

Mahlia Lindquist, Esq.,(Mahlia Lindquist) LEAP Executive Director, is an attorney, has a BA in Economics from Emory University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. As an attorney, she worked in the criminal justice system, as well as private practice.

Kathryn Nowotny, PhD (Kathryn Marie)is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Miami and an Early Career Fellow in the NIDA-funded Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training (CJRT) Program on Substance Use, HIV, and Comorbidities. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Colorado. Her dissertation research on inmate health and health disparities was funded by a NIH Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellowship and a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant.