ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs

Every week on the LA blog we highlight a different State LAP program, but to get this process started, we’d like to showcase the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP).

American Bar Association's Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs

The CoLAP website is rich with documents – their newsletter, ‘Highlights’, is published quarterly, with older issues available online. CoLAP also offers a number of their other publications that can be downloaded or purchased online.

As an organization that guides the entire LAP community, their website includes a very comprehensive directory of local and state-specific lawyer assistance programs. Programs listed come from across the United States, as well as in Canada and the UK. There is a calendar of events, which we hope to monitor and blog about in the future, and which currently includes the upcoming 22nd National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs.

CoLAP also has a Law School Outreach Committee; the goals of the this committee is to encourage law schools to establish ongoing programs to help students dealing with stress, depression or addiction, and to encourage law schools to develop relationships with local LAP programs. CoLAP hopes by establishing the Law School Outreach Committee that they will be able to reach out to lawyers-to-be as early as possible – before they’re even practicing.

The current chair of CoLAP is the Honorable Robert L. Childers.

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