An Honest Discussion on Mental Health Issues in the Legal Field from All Stakeholders

Recorded On: 10/05/2020

NCRA Mental Health Awareness

An open town hall discussion conducted by Dori Foster-Morales, Esq.; Christine Phipps, RPR; and the Hon. Beatrice Butchko on how our jobs in the legal field affect our mental health and how we can protect ourselves.

As judges, lawyers, and court reporters, we work with people in extreme circumstances and with unpredictable emotions. While we do our best to remain above the fray, the highly emotional settings can impact our ability to function well. The discussion will confront some of the myths and fears we have about mental health and help us move forward with a better understanding on how we can help each other and ourselves. This will be an interactive session.  

Dori Foster-Morales

Dori Foster-Morales is a lawyer practicing in the area of marital and family law in Florida, and she is the 2020-2021 president for the Florida Bar. Foster-Morales is a well-known and highly regarded speaker on a variety of family law issues, both substantive and procedural in nature. Foster-Morales has also been speaking regularly on issues related to the mental health and wellness of Florida lawyers, and she has been instrumental in the development of a mental health program for the Florida bar, an area in which she is passionate. 

Hon. Beatrice Butchko

Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade

The Hon. Beatrice Butchko is a judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade, where she serves as Associate Administrative Judge of the Civil Division. Currently in her ninth year in the Civil Division of the Eleventh Circuit, Butchko previously worked as an assistant state attorney and has practiced as an associate with Kaye, Rose & Maltzman; then with Ferrell Shultz; and later with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham. In addition to her duties on the bench, Judge Butchko teaches trial advocacy at the University of Miami School of Law, Litigation Skills department, and at Emory University School of Law. Judge Butchko was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court and is an active member of the Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions-Civil.

Christine Phipps

Christine Phipps is a court reporter with 26 years of experience. She owns Phipps Reporting, Inc., headquartered in North Palm Beach. She holds the national professional certification of Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) and the Realtime Systems Administrator certificate. She is also a licensed court reporter in New Jersey and Tennessee and is an Eclipse software trainer.
At the national level, Phipps has co-chaired NCRA’s Technology Committee and Freelance Community of Interest Committee and served on the Association’s Strategic Alliance Task Force, its Education Content and Vendor Task Force committees. Phipps participated in the rewrite of NCRA’s Deposition Handbook, is a frequent contributor to the JCR, and a speaker at conventions. She has also served as a director for NCRA.
She is the recipient of a number of business awards including Woman of Outstanding Leadership by the International Women’s Leadership Association and Most Enterprising Women of the Year by Enterprising Women magazine. Her firm was included in Inc. magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies in America in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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