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Patrick R. Krill, JD, LL.M, MA, LADC

Director, Legal Professionals Program

Patrick R. Krill is the director of Hazelden's Legal Professionals Program in Center City, Minnesota.

Patrick R. Krill is director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Legal Professionals Program. In this role, he helps attorneys, judges and law students prepare for and overcome the distinctive challenges they face in recovery from chemical dependency. As a licensed attorney, board certified alcohol and drug counselor and graduate level instructor in addiction counseling, Patrick brings a unique breadth of knowledge and perspective to the subject of behavioral health in the legal profession. He regularly provides print and broadcast interviews and is a frequent author and speaker on the subject of addiction and its intersection with the law, including his regular blog for the Huffington Post. His writing has also been featured in Salon,, Counselor Magazine and multiple publications of the ABA.  

As an advocate dedicated to promoting recovery and influencing public opinion, Patrick has undertaken a number of high-profile strategic projects aimed at improving the behavioral health of professionals. Of particular note, he conceptualized, developed and is presently co-facilitating a nationwide joint research project between the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to survey the current rates of substance use, depression and anxiety among attorneys throughout the country. Results of the landmark study were published in the January/February 2016 issue of The Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Patrick also serves on the Advisory Board of the Dave Nee Foundation, whose mission is to eliminate the stigma associated with depression and suicide in the legal profession by promoting and encouraging not only the diagnosis and treatment of depression, but also the education of law students, their families, and friends about the disease of depression.

In addition to his work with the legal profession, Patrick is also actively involved with bringing addiction and recovery expertise to the entertainment industry. Working closely with the Entertainment Industries Council, Patrick is a member of the Nomination Review Committee for the PRISM Awards, and served as a technical consultant for the entire first season up the upcoming ABC Family show Recovery Road, as well as the Lifetime Original Movie Perfect High.

Patrick earned his BA in Political Science and Government from American University, his JD from Loyola Law School, and his LL.M. in International Law from the American University Washington College of Law and his Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. He is a member of the California and Los Angeles County Bar Associations.

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