Executive Director, Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program
Evidence shows stressors in the legal profession can cause attorneys and judges to suffer from serious mental health and substance abuse challenges at a higher rate than the general population. This often contributes to legal competency challenges, which have the potential to impact the future of the profession.
However, organizations like the Lawyers’ Assistance Program are here to help. We’re going beyond the statistics, helping attorneys identify personality traits and characteristics that increase the risk of developing maladaptive coping methods, and equipping them with tools to create a happier and more fulfilling life and legal practice.
Dr. Diana Uchiyama will discuss proven methods that Illinois LAP uses to help attorneys improve their personal and professional health and increase their professional competency, now and in the future.
Dr. Diana Uchiyama is the Executive Director of the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP). Prior to joining LAP, she was the Administrator of Psychological Services for DuPage County where she oversaw a DASA-licensed outpatient substance use treatment program and ran a Domestic Batterer Intervention Program. Dr. Uchiyama also worked for the Kane County Diagnostic Center as a Staff Psychologist and Juvenile Drug Court Coordinator.
Prior to obtaining her masters and doctorate in clinical psychology, Dr. Uchiyama was an Assistant Public Defender in Cook County. She obtained her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and holds an Advanced Mindfulness Training Certificate.