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*The presentation is interactive so the attendees will need their smart phones.* 1. Discuss how prevalent substance use & mental health issues are among law students and attorneys. 2. Describe the signs & symptoms of substance use, addiction, depression, anxiety, & stress. 3. Discuss how substance use, addiction, depression, anxiety, & stress can impair an attorneys' ability to perform legal services competently. 4. Provide info. on the wellness strategies, the Lawyer Assistance Program, etc.

When: Tuesday, August 4
Where: Zoom Meeting
United States
Contact: Laura Elkington
(831) 582-5400, ext.2

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Lita Abella is a Senior Program Analyst at the State Bar of California. She conducts

outreach and presents education programs for the Lawyer Assistance Program

which assists law students, bar applicants, and attorneys with substance use and

mental health issues. Prior to that, Lita worked as an investigator in the Office of

Chief Trial Counsel where she investigated and assisted in the prosecution of

attorneys for misconduct. She has been with the State Bar for 7½ years.


Beginning in 1980, Lita served with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for

20 years, breaking many glass ceilings as a female and minority. She worked

various assignments including but not limited to patrol, Internal Affairs, narcotics,

and vice. She was a court-qualified narcotics expert during her years in law

enforcement and attained the rank of lieutenant.


Lita is a certified AFAA group exercise instructor and a health, wellness, and

fitness consultant. She has been in the industry for over 21 years.


Additionally, for the past 20 years, Lita is a business owner and licensed private

investigator and has worked in many areas of law including criminal defense

and workers’ compensation.


Lita volunteers as a Library Commissioner with the City of Azusa and has served

on many boards and committees within many organizations and entities. She

also created and produces a new show on YouTube, “What’s Your Story in the

New Normal?” and produces social media content/videos for the State Bar.


Lita holds a Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law. While in

law school, Lita was a law clerk for the Riverside District Attorney’s Office and

the Office of the Attorney General and certified mediator for the Superior Court

of Orange County.

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