Substance Abuse: Competency In Times of Crisis

Jim Heiting Greg Dorst
June 03, 2023
Legal Ethics, Substance Abuse


Lawyers are much more likely than other professions to suffer from substance use and mental health disorders due to the high-stress nature of our work and a culture that encourages us to be self-reliant. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing stress and isolation among lawyers has made this problem even worse, particularly for the newest members of the bar. Our experts discuss this alarming trend and what we can do to help ourselves and our colleagues during these difficult times.

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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