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Although Brian was the final speaker in a 7 hour program called Funky Credit Day for the San Mateo County Bar Association, he immediately captured the audience’s attention! All the whispering stopped. He knows how to use his voice to engage the audience. He spoke with confidence about his story. He took us back to his early years of attending law school and passing the bar. He was addicted to booze and blow and suffered from depression and bulimia. He talked honestly about addiction, the professional stigma of admitting there is a problem, his road to recovery, and ways to get help. Meanwhile, the audience didn’t move, they waited until Brian took questions, which he graciously answered. Afterwards, I noticed members waiting in line to talk with him. Brian was amazing, it was a Friday night and they’d already sat through 6 hours of seminars! My members commented that listening to Brian was both healing and hopeful. Brian was easy to work with, he arrived early and ended on time. I would definitely ask Brian to speak again!
Brian’s powerful presentation at Cedar Valley College’s Convocation resonated with our faculty, staff, and administrators. His painfully honest story illustrates how we are both fragile and resilient. Therefore, the greatest gift we have to give each other is empathy. Regardless of your gender, race, or socio-economic background, we cannot help but see parts of our reality in Brian’s story.
Thank you again for coming to visit with our students, faculty, staff, and members of legal community yesterday. We were so pleased with the turnout and the feedback received, and we are grateful that you shared your story with us. I am sure it resonated and caused reflection with many in the room.
Brian Cuban is making a difference. As we sat packed into a stuffy, too-small room, I watched as the University of Kentucky law students and local lawyers were – for once – not focused on electronics or otherwise distracted. They were spellbound as Brian detailed his journey down the rabbit hole of addictions and other mental health disorders, and then explained his path to recovery and wellbeing. In parts, his journey is somewhat uncomfortable to hear, yet all silently awaited the next turn in the story. Many lawyers will struggle with an addiction, but Brian describes multiple addictions and disorders and how their individual symptoms overlapped to create a potentially life-ending disaster for him. We frequently discuss alcohol and drug addiction within our Lawyer Assistance Programs, and even depression is getting more exposure, but the discussion of co-occurring disorders, and the danger of leaving any one of them untreated is a fresh topic for our listeners. His recovery story is nothing short of amazing. Brian’s discussion is genuine, humble, and filled with the rigorous honesty that only comes from long-term sobriety. He is genuine, accessible, and a conversation-starter. I can’t wait to find an opportunity for him to speak again.
I have had so many students come up to me to say how much they enjoyed your talk. They’ve used words like “real”, “funny”, and “passionate.” I told the Dean that your speech really resonated with the students and was a fantastic kickoff for the wellness week. I would absolutely love to have you back in the future.