Lexpert Magazine

August 2019

Lexpert magazine features articles and columns on developments in legal practice management, deals and lawsuits of interest in Canada, the law and business issues of interest to legal professionals and businesses that purchase legal services.

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10 LEXPERT MAGAZINE | AUGUST 2019 Hypocrite, Heretic or Heroine? In 2002, Beth Beattie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. e stereotype of people living with bipolar disorder is that they are inherently unstable and unreliable. Beth did not want to be thought of in those terms as a lawyer. As a result of stigma, both societal and self-imposed, she did not share her story outside her family and closest friends for 14 years. Since 2004 Beth has been counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General Civil Law Division, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care Branch. Beth has a broad-based litigation practice and has expertise in the areas of Coroner's inquests, hu- man rights, forensic and civil mental health, OHIP eligibility and long-term care home compliance. Beth has a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in alternative dispute resolution. In 2017 Beth disclosed her illness to colleagues. She quickly began speaking publicly on the topic of living and working with mental illness. Beth has made presentations to thousands of people, primarily lawyers in the public and private sectors. She has also made presentations to schools, corporations and at various levels of the Ontario govern- ment as well as the British Columbia Prosecution Service. Since January 2018 Beth has been a friend of the Bell Let's Talk campaign. Her story has been featured on television, radio, print media and billboards across the country. Beth is a founding member of the Mental Health Illuminati, a group of lawyers with lived mental health experience, which provides programming in the Ministry of the Attorney General and beyond WHY I BELIEVE SENIOR LAWYERS SHOULD DISCLOSE THEIR MENTAL ILLNESSES AT WORK BY BETH BEATTIE The commentary in this article is based on the author's experience and does not necessarily represent the views of the Ministry of the Attorney General or the Government of Ontario.

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