North Carolina LAP Roundup

This week, we spotlight two separate lawyer assistance programs in North Carolina: the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program and BarCares.

The Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) website lists a host of services including peer counselling, extensive resource links, many articles and newsletters, as well as research papers.

Addiction and depression are two frequent areas of support. PALS peer counselor volunteer committee members “have experience and/or expertise in confidentially assisting lawyers dealing with problems of alcoholism and other drug addictions.” FRIENDS peer counselor volunteer committee members “have experience and/or expertise in confidentially assisting lawyers dealing with problems of depression or other mental health disorders.”

For confidential assistance from LAP, bar members are encouraged to call Don Carroll at 1-800-720-7257, Ed Ward at 1-877-627-3743, or Towanda Garner at 1-877-570-0991.

BarCARES stands for Confidential Attorney Resource and Enrichment Services and is a subsidiary of the NC Bar Association.  It is a “confidential, short-term intervention program providing three annual visits, cost-free, to members of local bar groups and law schools that have established a BarCARES program.”

Since “BarCARES believes that any problem which is causing you concern can negatively impact your job performance,” counseling visits can be used to discuss problems related to work, relationships, family, or “any other issue that takes your mind off of doing a good job for your clients”.

For more information, see BarCARES FAQs or call BarCARES at 1-800-640-0735.

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