The Impact of Internet and Sports Betting in the Post-COVID World (Webinar)

This is Part II of Gambling: the Secret Addiction.

In 2018, the United States Supreme Court, in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, held that sports gambling was legal in all of the United States. By 2019, Pennsylvania had added online gambling accessible by cell phone, computer and tablets, thus becoming one of the country's largest gambling revenue producing states. With that came the compulsive gambler.

Then the whole world seemed to stop with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, including live sports. But the world of the compulsive gambler simply moved on to other forms of seeking "action" via the internet. By the time live sports resumed, a new breed of addicted gamblers was anxiously waiting -- now ready, willing and extremely more able to utilize electronic devices as their preferred gambling format.

This program will explore not only Gambling Disorder, but also the connection between gambling and the more well-known forms of impairment and why lawyers are at higher risk to develop problems. This problem has only been exacerbated by the stress, anxiety and isolation caused by COVID-19. The results are startling. Mr. Quinn will discuss:

  • The early warning signs of impairment and how they relate to gambling disorders. Special attention will be given to the connection between COVID-19 and it's impact on social isolation, stress, anxiety, depression and gambling disorders.
  • The impact of the internet and sports betting on the problem gambler.
  • The free services that Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers provides to attorneys, judges, their family members and law students.
  • A close look at existing barriers that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need will be provided and the role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession.
  • Ethical considerations unique to the lawyer who suffers from a Gambling Disorder.

Jenkins Law Library, an accredited provider under the Pennsylvania CLE Board's Rules, will serve as the CLE provider for this course. The course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hour of CLE credit in ethics.

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.0 hour of total CLE credit in ethics/professionalism.

This webinar will be presented using Zoom, a free videoconferencing service. For more information on Zoom, please view the following short videos:

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Thursday, December 2, 2021
10:00am to 11:00am
-2 seats remaining (12 max)