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Link Christin

Link Christin

Executive Director of the Legal Professionals Program
Pennsylvania

Mr. Christin recently assumed the role as the first Executive Director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.  He will be launching and managing a national program which will provide pre-entry, residential, and post-residential educational and clinical services to lawyers, judges, law students, and paralegals admitted to Caron.  Part of these services will include coordination with law firms, disciplinary boards, licensing and admission agencies, and state lawyer assistance programs (when agreed to by the patient).

Most recently he served as the CEO of Heightened Performance LLC, a behavioral health consulting firm.  After decades of practice as an attorney followed by a second career of treating impaired attorneys in a residential setting, he founded Heightened Performance in order to bring his experience to the law firm and lawyer, the corporation, and the law school.  Services included on-site and in- person meetings to confront specific personnel issues--- before the worst consequences occur--- as well as the delivery of education and wellness strategies to overcome the stigma preventing so many from seeking help.

Link was a civil trial lawyer for more than 25 years and partner in two law firms in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2004, he transitioned into the field of creating and marketing continuing legal education with both Virginia and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, including serving as the administrator for the National College of Trial Advocacy at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Link earned his BA from Pomona College in 1975 and his JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1979. He attended the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies and received his Masters degree in Addiction Counseling (including almost 1,000 hours of internships) as well as his LADC. He further served in the role as an Adjunct Professor at the William Mitchell College of Law as well as an Assistant Professor at the Hazelden School of Addiction Studies.  He recently was appointed Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Substance Use Disorder Task Force.  Mr. Christin has also spoken frequently throughout the country on behavioral issues concerning lawyers and other professionals.

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