I will speak about my experience as a Bipolar attorney for CLE credit at two locations in Arkansas. On Friday, November 1 at 2:30pm I'll speak at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. On Monday, November 18 I'll present at 12:00pm at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Bowen School of Law. My talk is approved for 1 hour of Ethics CLE and it is free. The talk is titled "Through the Open Door: A Bipolar Attorney Talks Mania, Recovery, and Heaven on Earth." I'll have copies of my book of the same name for sale at the CLE for $12.00 (also available for purchase at Amazon). The target audience is law students, professors, and attorneys, but both talks are open to the public.
By speaking about my own struggles and eventual triumph over Bipolar Disorder, I hope to shine a light on mental illness and help remove the stigma associated with it. Mental illness is not a death sentence, and with the proper treatment and support, anyone can beat mental illness and become a professional, spouse, parent, advocate, and friend.
I volunteer for Arkansas Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program which provides free treatment for lawyers, judges, and family members suffering from mental illness, addiction, and a variety of other illnesses. I have found that advocating for mental health awareness and offering counsel to those suffering is a tonic, and as close to a cure as you can get.
My personal insight into mental illness has proved a powerful tool in securing Social Security Disability benefits for my clients. Few attorneys can relate to a client's manic or depressive episodes. However, I can offer the compassion and understanding that clients seek and deserve.
If you would like for me to speak to a group about my story, please contact me at the Chaney Law Firm.