TMS Event Details

Event Title: Competence Issues

Event Type: MCLE Roundtable


Nixon Peabody

1 Embarcadero Center, 18th Floor


This is an MCLE program providing 1 MCLE credit including Prevention, detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse/Mental Illness that Impairs Professional Competence. Participants must attend in person or through the conference call-in number in order to obtain MCLE credit.

Presenter: Cameron Stout

Date: Friday, January 12, 2018

Time: 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Program

There is no charge for this event.
Members may bring pre-registered guests.
Coffee, juice and pastries will be served.


Substance abuse and/or mental illness are by far the leading causes of attorney malpractice, discipline and disbarment. The pressures of the legal profession, client expectations, and the modern demand that work product be delivered yesterday, can easily conspire to cause a lawyer to turn to drugs or alcohol. These stressors can also lead to varying types of mental illness, particularly major depression and severe anxiety.

The stigma and discrimination that surround these conditions frequently cause practitioners to deny their disease, or to refuse to seek treatment until it is too late. Recent studies have shown that attorney rates of depression and alcoholism can be as much as double those of the general population.

Discussion Leader:
Cameron Stout, a nationally recognized securities litigator and an employment attorney, will lay out the relevant statistics, describe the risk factors of these competence issues, and will describe his own recent battle with major depression and his inspiring road to recovery.

Cameron graduated from Princeton University in 1980, and from USF Law School with honors in 1984. Cameron is actively involved in advocacy and mentoring in the mental health field.

Cameron has recently opened the Silicon Valley office of Wiand Guerra King where, in addition to his work as a litigator, he mediates disputes in a number of areas including securities, employment, mental health care and coverage, and family law