Dallas DA Sets Ethical Example With Depression Treatment

Law360, Dallas (October 7, 2015, 7:55 PM EDT) -- When Dallas County's district attorney took a leave of absence to treat serious depression — a problem that affects attorneys in disproportionate numbers to the general population — she faced calls for resignation, but experts say getting treatment and ensuring that any clients are taken care of is the ethical thing to do.

And while Susan Hawk, who returned to work Oct. 1, faces political pressures as the DA that lawyers in private practice don't, her story highlights the difficulty many lawyers face in admitting they are having a problem and seeking treatment. Ethics experts say that as long as Hawk...

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