Substance Abuse & Competency

October 6, 2022



Substance Abuse & Competency

October 6, 2022 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

You don't have to be a long-in-the-tooth lawyer to know that alcohol is a persistent, pervasive problem for legal practitioners. It is a sobering fact that lawyers suffer from alcohol abuse problems at a rate three times the general population! While we can all guess as to why this is the case (crazy clients/unrealistic partnership demands/deadlines), everyone agrees that help is needed. And help is available. This class focuses on the perils, both professionally and personally, from substance abuse.


Joel Oster

Joel Oster is a seasoned constitutional attorney and regular speaker to attorneys and non-attorneys alike. He represented the town of Greece, New York in the landmark constitutional case Galloway v. Greece. Joel argued the case before the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and the Second Circuit, and he was part of the legal team presenting the case to the United States Supreme Court.

Oster regularly litigates First Amendment issues. As lead counsel in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Obama, Oster skillfully defended the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer against an Establishment Clause challenge. Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, he successfully defended the right of an organization to have a pro-life specialty license plate in Missouri in Roach v. Stouffer. In Wigg v. Sioux Falls School District, he successfully represented an elementary school teacher in obtaining equal access to school facilities. Oster has defended various churches based on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, against discriminatory zoning codes and regulations. Likewise, he has defended various individuals, corporations and political committees against discriminatory and unconstitutional campaign finance regulations.

Oster earned his J.D. in 1997 from the University of Kansas School of Law. He is admitted to the bar in Kansas, Missouri, Florida and numerous federal courts.

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