“‘I Don’t Belong’ – Imposter Syndrome in the Legal Profession”


This class will be held via ZOOM.

1-Hour Ethics Credit

Imposter syndrome, also called perceived fraudulence, involves feelings of self-doubt and personal incompetence that persist despite your education, experience and accomplishments.  While early studies focused on highly successful women, it is now clear that it can affect anyone in the legal profession – from law students to Big Law Executives.

Living in constant fear of discovery, you strive for perfection in everything you do.  You might feel guilty or worthless when you can’t achieve it, not to mention burned out and overwhelmed by your continued efforts.  The results can be devastating.

True imposter feelings involve self-doubt, uncertainty about your talents and abilities.  But what if you find yourself in an environment where your peers fail to make room for you or imply you don’t deserve your success?  Along with the more traditional factors, gender bias and institutional racism can also play a significant part of imposer feelings.  Even if only perceived, they can surely reinforce the feeling you don’t belong.

Here our experienced speaker discuss the impact of the untimely death of hi mentor and how trying to “fill his shoes” became more than a job, it took over his life.  The consequences were a decades long effort to cope with and then conceal those feelings with alcohol and drugs.

Mr. Quinn will discuss:

  1.  Imposter Syndrome:  What Is It?
  2. Impacts of Imposter Syndrome on Attorneys
  3. The Role of Gender and Racial Bias in Creating Imposter Syndrome
  4. Practical Guidance for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  5. How to Support Attorneys Battling Imposter Syndrome
  6. Potential Ethical Risks of Imposter syndrome
  7. Personal Experience of Struggling with Imposter Syndrome

**Login information, materials and Online CLE Attendance Form will be emailed to you the morning of the program.

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Presented by Brian S. Quinn, Esquire – Education and Outreach Coordinator, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of PA, Inc.

Mr. Quinn is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and obtained his undergraduate degree in 1970, his law degree in 1973 and a certificate in Drug and Alcohol counselling in 2012, from Villanova University.  He has been a private practitioner for over 40 years.

CLE Credit Hours:

1-Hour Ethics Credit