Thursday, January 15, 2009

Anger Management

The South Carolina Supreme Court reinstated an attorney who had been suspended on an interim and indefinite basis with the following conditions:

1) after the date of this order, petitioner shall attend and successfully complete an anger management course; thereafter, petitioner shall submit an original signed statement from the course provider certifying that he successfully completed an anger management course to the Office of Bar Admissions; after receipt of the statement, the Office of Bar Admissions shall schedule petitioner to be sworn in as a member of the South Carolina Bar at the next scheduled admission ceremony;   

2)  no later than ten (10) days after his admission, petitioner shall execute an additional two (2) year monitoring contract with LHL which shall include drug testing, a mentoring program, and any other terms and conditions suggested by LHL;

3) LHL shall provide an executed copy of the monitoring contract to the Commission on Lawyer Conduct (the Commission) and shall, thereafter, provide quarterly reports to the Commission concerning petitioner’s progress; and

4) should petitioner fail to comply with the terms of the monitoring contract, LHL shall immediately notify the Commission.

(Mike Frisch)

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reminds me of that one movie with adam sandler and jack nicholson :o

Posted by: maryland divorce lawyer | Jan 15, 2009 4:29:57 PM

Many states are following the lead of Illinois in requiring Civility training for all attorneys practicing in that state.

Posted by: George Anderson | Jan 16, 2009 4:03:08 PM

Laywers are human beings and as such are subject to the same hot button triggers as the rest of us, including psychologists and psychiatrists that have benefitted from their specialized knowledge and training.

When trying to solve other people's problems through the offices of the law it isn't suprising that some of the issues will stir things up for the attorneys. Psychologists call it countertransference and attend ongoing supervision and consultation to avoid getting caught up in it, providing less than effective services for their clients.

I think attorneys would benefit from looking at themselves in the same way, but I'm not sure that anger management classes are the answer. It's not healthy to do away with the anger. It is healthy to know where it's coming from so that you can get an handle on it and use it productively. That's a recipe for a good alliance between attorneys and psycholgologists.

Posted by: Dr. Jeanette Raymond | Jan 22, 2009 4:06:15 PM

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