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Social Justice Monday: Mental Health Hygiene

Monday, Mar 11, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM PDT
Room C5Map Location
This event does not require an RSVP.

The Seattle University School of Law Faculty and Access to Justice Institute invite you to:

 Mental Health Hygiene

Monday, March 11, 2019

Noon – 12:50 p.m.

Sullivan Hall, Room C5

Soup Lunch Provided 

Get ahold of stressors before they get ahold of you! Join us for a discussion with Frances Schopick, JD, MSW, an attorney who has an extensive background in social work, psychology, and psychiatric research. Ms. Schopick represents lawyers with Bar complaints and therapists who have complaints from the Department of Health (DOH). She will address common stressors and mental health issues you may face as a law student – and later as a lawyer – that can result in poor self-care. As a group, you will examine how poor self-care can result in Bar complaints, such as when lawyers “self-medicate” with substance abuse, gambling, or compulsive behaviors. Poor self-care can also lead to avoidant behaviors such as failing to return clients’ calls – a common source of complaints – and illegal uses of IOLTA funds. Learning to identify these risk factors can enable you to recognize and manage them in healthy ways so that you can practice law as effectively and productively as possible, and have meaningful and happy personal lives.

Frances Schopick, JD, MSW, LICSW worked for nearly 20 years as a mental health diagnostician and clinician in agency, research, and private practices. As a psychiatric researcher, she researched mood and personality disorders, and served on faculties in Departments of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (fka Mount Sinai School of Medicine) in NYC and at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Now an attorney, Ms. Schopick represents lawyers and counselors who have Bar and Board complaints against them. She also assists attorneys in all practice areas with witness prep for deposition and trial and consults to help attorneys understand the underlying dynamics of high conflict litigants who have narcissistic and antisocial behaviors. Ms. Schopick completed her AB at Barnard College at Columbia University in the City of New York, her Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) at the Hunter College School of Social Work in NYC, and her Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of New Hampshire.

Social Justice Monday is an organized, weekly series hosted by the Access to Justice Institute in partnership with students, student organizations, and other departments across the law school. If you are interested in organizing a Social Justice Monday for the 2019-2020 academic year, please contact Abby Goldy at