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Patrick R. Krill, JD, LL.M, MA, LADC
Director, Legal Professionals Program
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, CNN.com, 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.
Videos and Articles
- Mike Carano & Patrick Krill On This Life Podcast, 03/29/16
- ABA, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation release first national study on attorney substance use, mental health concerns
- Rob Ford died of his more acceptable disease, CNN
- The legal profession's drinking problem, CNN
- One-fifth of this occupation has a serious drinking problem, Washington Post
- TV series Recovery Road gets advice from Twin Cities addiction counselor, Pioneer Press
- Study identifies high rate of problem drinking among lawyers, next steps
--American Bar Association, Mar 2016
- High rates of alcohol abuse, depression among U.S. attorneys, study says
--Chicago Tribune, 2/4/16
- Without a Plan to Tackle Addiction, You're Not Qualified to Be President
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Going Solo Isn't an Option
- ABA Podcast: How can attorneys get help without harming their careers?
- Lawyers who self-medicate to deal with stress sometimes steal from those they vowed to protect
--ABA Journal, February 2015
- Can We Actually Talk About Recovery This Year
--Huffington Post, February 5, 2015
- Craig Ferguson was my sober guiding light: How the “Late Late Show” host made me want to stop drinking
--Salon, December 18, 2014
- Pharmaceutical Industry Profiting From a Solution to a Problem They Helped Create
--Huffington Post, December 22, 2014
- 20 Years After Big Tobacco, Is It Time for 'Big Pain'?
—Huffington Post, September 8, 2014
- 10% of You Will Drink Yourselves to Death, but 99% of You Probably Don't Know It
—Huffington Post, July 31, 2014
- DOJ Thinks Bar Examiners Should Know Less About Mental Health of Would-Be Attorneys. And That's A Good Thing
--Huffington Post, July 10, 2014
- Video: Patrick Krill talks to Texas Bar TV
- Mayor Rob Ford and the Broken Levee
--Huffington Post, May 2, 2014
- Why lawyers are prone to suicide
- Toronto mayor could be your neighbor
- After the Storm: Navigating a Return to Work Following Treatment
- Legally Intoxicated: The Impacts and Implications of Substance Abuse in the Practice of Law
--The Hennepin Lawyer
- A Trial Like No Other: Confronting and Managing the Disease of Addiction
--Legal Management News
- When There's One Bar They Just Can't Seem to Pass
--Legal Management News