The Bulimic Lawyer(And Law Student)

From Federal Prison Inmate To The Bar Exam

 Christopher Poulos

Christopher Poulos

I decided it would be informative and empowering to every now and then profile a lawyer or law student who has overcome addiction to achieve their dreams or lay a path to achieving them.

I can’t think of a better person to start with than Christopher Poulos. He is a 2016 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law.  Chris took a non-traditional path through extreme circumstances into long-term recovery and the passing of the Maine bar exam.  He has a sobriety date of January 1, 2009, so he is coming up on eight years of long-term recovery! His journey is made even more unique in that, with everything he went though, he received security clearance to work at the White House.

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Profile In Recovery: From Prison To The Bar Exam

Bar Exams, Booze And Getting Busted

“I don’t drink these days. I’m allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs.”

 Not long into the start of my Dallas party days and after my first of two failures of the Texas bar exam, I broke out in handcuffs.

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Bar Exams, Booze, And Getting Busted

A Sober Navigation Of The Law Firm Holiday Party Circuit

When Addiction Threatens Your Relationship

Brian and Amanda Cuban

Brian and Amanda Cuban

October 20, 2016.  Florence, Italy. Waiting for her to walk through the door.  My mind drifts back to a time almost a decade earlier. A time of shame and fear. A time when I thought I would never see her again. I reflect on the past struggles and joys that brought me to this moment. I think about April 8, 2007. The worst and best day of my life.

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When Addiction Threatens Your Relationship

My Moot Court Partner Was Jose Cuervo

One of my favorite movie lines is from a 1994 dark comedy entitled Swimming With Sharks. With “sharks” in the title, you might think it’s about lawyers, but it’s actually about the cutthroat world of Hollywood producers. In one particular scene, the character Buddy Ackerman, a top movie executive played by Kevin Spacey, is on the phone berating a subordinate over differences in opinion concerning a movie production. He closes with, “Say this one time with me: ‘Would you like that in a pump or a loafer?’. . . Good. Now memorize it, because starting tomorrow, the only job that you’re going to be able to get is selling SHOES!”

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The Addicted Lawyer: My Moot Court Partner Was Jose Cuervo


The Alcoholic Law Student

Brian Cuban

Brian Cuban

I am often asked if the stress of being a lawyer “caused” me to become an “addicted lawyer.” Here is my answer.

Fall, 1983. I’m officially a first-year law student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. I am shy and self-conscious. I bring with me the baggage of a drinking problem, an eating disorder (yes, men get eating disorders), and severe body image issues. Students are forming cliques and study groups. Self-doubt and self-loathing are my study companions.

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The Addicted Lawyer: The Alcoholic Law Student