Substance Abuse, Mental Health and the Practice of Law [Webinar] (Recorded Package)

Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)

In this compelling presentation, you will learn about the harmful physical and mental effects of alcohol and drug abuse and addiction.  How do we recognize use and abuse of alcohol and other substances? Why are legal professionals prone to alcohol and drug abuse and addiction?  What are the impacts to family, friends, employers, clients and colleagues of alcohol and drug abusers?  When is it time to get professional help to intervene and preserve one’s health and career?

A former attorney and frequent speaker for The Other Bar, Mr. Dorst will use his own personal journey and experience to bring these important issues to the forefront.

You will receive 1.0 hour of Substance Abuse/Competency Issues CLE credit for this presentation.  Participatory Credit Available! In California, this meets your Competency requirement.


This program was recorded live on January 19, 2021. The recorded packages are now available in audio or video format and includes seminar materials. 

* The Video recording is a video of the webinar (including sound). The Audio recording is audio only, for those who wish to listen to it without visuals (such as in the car). You can also purchase both formats together. Note: All downloads must be downloaded to a computer first, before transferring them to another device.


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What You Will Learn

  • Competence Rules
  • SUD and wellbeing
  • Covid-19 collateral damage
  • ABA & Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation Study
  • Signs and symptoms to watch for
  • Codependency
  • Questions to ask yourself
  • The brain and recovery from addiction
  • Physical healing
  • Emotional/psychological healing
  • Spiritual practice
  • Lawyer Assistance Program Services & Resources


“Excellent and very meaningful. Very direct and relevant ideas and encouragement in recognizing such problems. Clear and concise information, easy to apply to oneself.” – Robert A. Mallek, Jr.

“Great information.  It is good to hear personal information regarding these kinds of issues. It makes you stop and think about how hard it is to do what we have to do as successful attorneys.” – V.L. Andrews, Esq.

“Very compelling! Speakers told a very compelling and honest story; that could not have been easy to provide this much honesty.” – Gary Dukarich, Esq.

“Each speaker covered the topic competently and offered personal experience that differed from the other speaker. So, the contrast of their experiences was the most educational aspect of the webinar.” – Michael A. Miller, Esq.

“Very informative.  Good to hear actual stories and statistics.  Too often lawyers are unwilling to face addiction.”

“Excellent program.  I appreciate the candor of the presenters in their sobriety journey and willingness to help others.  Especially, as they were both practicing attorneys. Good content, concise presentations, candid presenters, open about importance of asking for help and indicators that someone needs help, and list of resources.”

“Really good program.”

“I really enjoyed the program. It’s an important issue and I was happy to see all of the resources that are available to lawyers.”

“Very satisfied.”


Greg Dorst, J.D., CADC II
Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor II
The Other Bar

Greg Dorst was born in Fontana CA in 1955, the son of steel mill parents. In 1973, he graduated from Chaffey High School and was elected to attend Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. By 1983, Greg had earned a law school degree from the University of La Verne College of Law and passed the California State Bar Exam. As an attorney, Greg worked as a trial lawyer for the San Bernardino County Office of the District Attorney and as a private practitioner specializing in criminal defense and real estate litigation.

In July of 1997, Greg stopped practicing law and began a new chapter in his life. The year 2000 brought Certification as an Addiction Specialist and a career in the field of mental health and addiction. In 2004, Greg was selected to consult for the Other Bar, working with attorneys, judges and law students in need of help for substance abuse issues and mental health needs. Moreover, in 2009, Greg became the CEO of Social Science Services, Inc., providing treatment for concurrent substance use disorders and mental health concerns for men, women, women with children and special needs adults at various sites throughout the Inland Empire area.

Dovetailing with his work with the Other Bar, Greg is an Ordained Minister, on staff at the Sanctuary for Spiritual Living in Covina, Ca., bringing a wealth of spiritual knowledge and healing experience to those in need. In addition to the foregoing, Greg writes a column entitled, “The Healthy Lawyer (Sana Advocatus)”, for the monthly newsletter published by the California Lawyers Association.

James Otto Heiting, Esq.
Managing Partner
Law Offices of Heiting & Irwin

“Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice” (American Lawyer).  “One of the top 100 trial attorneys in the nation” (National Trial Lawyers), “an exceptional lawyer”, past President of the State Bar of California (over 200,000 lawyers) (2005-2006), and served on the State Bar Board of Governors (2002-2006).  Peers, judges and clients rate him “Superb” (AVVO); “Preeminent, highest possible rating in legal ability and ethics” (Martindale-Hubbell); member of his law school’s Hall of Fame; Inland Empire Magazine called him the “Best of the Best”.  The firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients.  Heiting & Irwin specializes in representing clients victimized by serious injuries, wrongful death, negligence, and serious accidents.  Mr. Heiting is also called on for representation in eminent domain and a variety of other civil litigation areas.

He is or has been a member of multiple federal and state litigation, ethics, and trial associations.   He has been a Commissioner, overseeing eight western states of the Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs, appointed by three American Bar Association presidents for three consecutive terms.  He also has served as president of the Riverside County Bar Association, was a co-founder of the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court (training younger or less experienced members of the bar), and a charter member of the Inland Empire Federal Bar Association.  He was president of The Other Bar (a statewide organization of judges and lawyers helping other lawyers and judges) from 1991 – 1993, and a board member from 1988 – 2003.  He was vice-chair of the Substance Use Disorders Advisory Board to the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association (2015 – 2017). 

Mr. Heiting is admitted to practice law before all courts of the state, the federal courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the California and United States Supreme Courts. 

The managing partner of Heiting and Irwin, Mr. Heiting has been practicing law since receiving his doctorate degree in law in 1976.  He has served as a judge pro tem in Superior Court, and continues to serve in this capacity and as a privately requested and court appointed arbitrator and mediator in state courts and the California Court of Appeal, as well as handling his active practice in prosecuting and defending personal injury and medical malpractice matters.  He has been an invited speaker, lecturer and panelist for lawyer and trial practice organizations and for the State Bar and a variety of legal and community organizations across the country.  Even with this very active professional life, Mr. Heiting dedicates an extensive amount of time to service on boards of several non-profit organizations.  Mr. Heiting is the recipient of the highest honors bestowed in two regional bar associations: the James H. Krieger Meritorious Service Award (Riverside County Bar Association), and the Florentino Garza Fortitude Award (San Bernardino County Bar Association), acknowledging significant community service and outstanding civic achievement.

Mr. Heiting and his wife Cindy were married in 1971 and have three sons.  They live in Riverside.


Participatory Credits Available!

Audio-Only Recording & Materials Package – CD or Download: $69 

Video* Recording & Materials Package – CD or Download$69

For CDs, please add $8.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.


This program was recorded live on January 19, 2021.


CLE Credit

This program is available for both Self-Study and Participatory CLE.*

State Approvals listed below:

CA General:  Approved for 1.0 unit.
CA Competence (Substance Abuse): 1.0 unit of unit.

IL Substance Abuse: Approved for 1.0 units of Substance Abuse credit in Illinois through 1/8/2023.
IL General:  Approved for 1.0 unit of general CLE credit in Illinois through 1/8/2023.

FL General: Approved for 1.0 unit of general CLE credit in Florida through 7/31/2022.

FL Ethics/Professional Responsibility/Substance Abuse: Approved for 1.0 units of Substance Abuse credit in Florida through 7/31/2022.

OR General:  Approved for 1.0 unit of general CLE credit in Oregon through 1/8/2024.
Ethics/Professional Responsibility/Substance Abuse: Pending approval for ethics/professional responsibility/substance abuse credit.

New York: This program is eligible for credit in New York under New York’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for 1.0 CLE unit. Pincus Professional Education is a CA Accredited Provider, which is a NY approved jurisdiction. See Section 6 of the New York State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.

*Participatory CLE:  For those states that make a distinction between self-study and Participatory CLE (CA and IL), please write down the Verification Codes read out during the program by speakers or our announcer and email them to us at and we will issue your Participatory CLE certificate. 

Self-Study CLE certificates are already included in your recorded package, in the “Materials” Folder. 

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above. Many attorneys ask for this and are approved in other states.

$69.00 each

Recorded on January 19, 2021.