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Law Student and New Lawyer Mental Health – Making Steps Toward Positive Change

Speaker(s): Andrea L. Colby, Cameron G Stout, Rosemary Queenan
Recorded on: Feb. 4, 2020
PLI Program #: 296462

Cameron Stout is a nationally known financial services defense litigator and mediator.  In early 2013, his personal and professional lives were derailed by a major depressive episode that required that he be hospitalized. Therapies including medication, the love of family and friends and hard work helped Cam fight his way out of the abyss of clinical depression.

Cam has now shared his story of hope and resilient recovery close to 120 times over the last six years in-person and via webinars to audiences at law firms, Fortune 100 corporations, universities including Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, and Cornell, and at a number of high schools.

Cam graduated in 1980 from Princeton University, where he was a member of the varsity tennis team. Cam  lives in Princeton New Jersey, is a cyclist and tennis player, and is the proud father of two adult children.



Rosemary Queenan is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and an Associate Professor of Law at Albany Law School.  Rosemary joined Albany Law in 2007, following 13 years of practice in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York and in private practice in New York City.  She teaches Federal Civil Procedure, Appellate Practice, Lawyers as Leaders and has taught New York Practice and Introduction to Lawyering. 

In her role as Dean of Students, she assists in the administration of the law school, develops programming and initiatives related to student life, including those with a focus on mental health and wellness, counsels students and serves as an advisor to various student organizations, the Student Bar Association and the Moot Court Program.

Rosemary is an active member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Student Services (she served as Section Chair from 2018-2019) and the National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals (NALSAP) and has presented on issues related to academic accommodations and assessment.  She received a B.A. from University of Maryland, College Park and her J.D., magna cum laude, from New York Law School. 



Andrea Colby is a certified professional coach and an intellectual property attorney with over 30 years of experience in the legal profession in New York and New Jersey. Throughout her career, Andrea has worked for notable firms including: Johnson & Johnson, Morgan and Finnegan and Union Carbide and has provided a full range of substantive intellectual property legal support for clients including patent preparation and prosecution, patent litigation strategy, trademark and copyright litigation, patent interferences and client counseling. 

In addition to her work as an attorney, Andrea provides deep expertise to her coaching clients helping them work through key areas of transition both personally and professionally and develop a strategic plan to maximize their development and achieve their goals. Andrea is particularly versed in the legal profession and understands firsthand what it takes to be successful in the legal field. 

Andrea lectures extensively on topics related to professional practice (specializing in communication), patent and intellectual property law for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the annual “Joint Patent Practice Seminar” sponsored by New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania IP Law Associations and at the Practicing Law Institute in New York. Andrea also serves on the Board of Trustees of Albany Law School of Union University, chairing the Board’s Career Services Committee.

Andrea is also very active in her community and plays a key leadership role in support of non-profit organizations including Young Audiences of New Jersey and Congregation Neve Shalom. She has also served on the Boards of the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra and TADA! Children’s Theatre in Manhattan.

Andrea obtained her B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, her J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University and her M.A. in Organizational Management from the Fielding Graduate Institute. Andrea is also a graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching program where she obtained her coaching credentials. She is an International Coaching Federation accredited Associate Certified Coach and a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator certified practitioner.