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Succession Planning

Lawyer Succession and Transition Committee

Disabilities involving the brain affect individuals of all ages and walk of life, including the legal profession. The causes are variable and some brain disorders are treatable, but the first step is always to identify and obtain an accurate diagnosis. Even when the disease is considered incurable, an earlier diagnosis can help preserve the individual's dignity and provide the opportunity for the individual to participate in preparation and planning for the future.

How to Identify and Respond to issues of Cognitive Impairment

The DVD presentation (below) by two Albuquerque experts – Dr. Rex Swanda, a Board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, and Dr. Don Fisher, a toxicology and employment medicine specialist, is designed to help legal professionals and others:

  • distinguish between cognitive impairment and normal aging,
  • identify medical issues that can cause cognitive impairment,
  • recognize the major symptoms of cognitive impairments,
  • identify resources for information and professional assistance, and
  • learn appropriate strategies for approaching a colleague who might be impaired.

Signs and Symptoms of Cognitive Decline: A Checklist and Summary

Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE)

This brief test is designed to detect early signs of cognitive, memory, or thinking impairment. Once completed, take the answer sheet to your physician to score and discuss the results with you.

Lawyers in Transition

This webpage from the ABA Center on Professional Responsibility (CPR) includes information and resources on topics such as succession planning, intervention, regulatory issues, senior/young lawyer opportunities and more.

Signs of Professional Impairment: Barriers, Challenges and Interventions
Presented by Rex M. Swanda, Ph.D., ABPP -CN
September 8, 2017

Signs of Professional Impairment: Barriers, Challenges and Interventions

How to Identify & Respond to Issues of Cognitive Impairment (2013)



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