Substance Abuse: A Lawyer-to-Lawyer Conversation

Jim Heiting Greg Dorst
February 21, 2016
Substance Abuse


Jim Heiting, President of the California State Bar (2005-2006), and Greg Dorst, a lawyer and certified addiction specialist, now counsel other lawyers confronting substance abuse issues, share their true experiences, strength and hope to highlight the journey from chemical dependency to a life in recovery. Jim and Greg will explain and expose substance abuse as a real life problem experienced in many different forms by many attorneys.

Topics will include:

The nature of chemical dependency;

Battling addiction and its effects on the practice of law;

Potential disciplinary consequences for attorneys; and

Resources available to California attorneys for assessment, referral, treatment and support for substance abuse problems.

This program is co-presented by The Other Bar. The Other Bar is a network of recovering lawyers and judges throughout California, dedicated to assisting others within the profession who are suffering from alcohol and substance abuse problems. The Other Bar is a private, non-profit corporation, was founded on the principle of anonymity and provides services in strict confidentiality. Participation in programs sponsored by The Other Bar is voluntary and open to all California lawyers, judges and law students. For more information or to make a donation, please visit


Greg Dorst, Southern California Consultant to the Other Bar, Certified Addiction Specialist, Riverside, CA

Jim Heiting, Former President, State Bar of California (2005-2006), Partner, Heiting & Irwin, Riverside, CA

Greg is a former prosecutor and defense attorney who currently works full time in the recovery field. He is a Certified Addiction Specialist, frequent lecturer on chemical dependency and a trainer of staff at recovery and treatment facilities. Greg is also the Southern California Consultant to The Other Bar.JIM HEITING

Jim is a trial attorney and managing partner of Heiting & Irwin in Riverside, California. He is a former President of the State Bar of California, the Riverside County Bar Association, and The Other Bar.

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