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Utah LAP Roundup

Utah LAP Roundup

Utah’s lawyer assistance program is Lawyers Helping Lawyers (LHL). LHL delivers its services though volunteer peer mentoring, support groups, and continuing legal education. (Two innovative programs are Yoga for Lawyers and The Other Bar,¬† “a network of recovering lawyers and judges who are dedicated to assisting others within the profession who are suffering from alcohol […]

Texas LAP Roundup

This week, we’re focussing on the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP), a service of the State Bar of Texas. TLAP “has evolved from helping lawyers with substance abuse disorders and alcoholism to assisting lawyers, judges and law students with mental health issues.” The TLAP website offers a host of resources related to addictions and mental […]

Tennessee LAP Roundup

Tennessee LAP Roundup

This week’s featured LAP is the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP). TLAP helps lawyers, law students, and judges with issues such as stress and burnout, anxiety, depression and mood disorders, anger management, work-life balance, substance abuse,¬† process addictions (such as food, sex, gambling), and grief and loss. TLAP also assists lawyers who are processing cases […]

Rhode Island LAP Roundup

Rhode Island’s LAP is the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee, which works in conjunction with Resource International Employee Assistance Services (RIEAS). Both are member benefits of the Rhode Island Bar Association. The Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee offers peer assistance. According to the website, “Peer attorneys will lend an ear, share their experiences, and, if necessary, advise […]

South Carolina LAP Roundup

This week, we’re spotlighting South Carolina’s Lawyers Helping Lawyers (LHL) program. According to its mission statement, “Lawyers Helping Lawyers provides programs and services to assist members of the legal profession in South Carolina who suffer from problems of substance abuse or depression, which affect their professional and/or personal life. Members of the Lawyers Helping Lawyers […]

Pennsylvania LAP Roundup

Pennsylvania LAP Roundup

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. (LCL) is Pennsylvania’s lawyer assistance program, and founded in 1988 by a group of recovering lawyers and judges. LCL operates through a network of 200 volunteeers, who are “lawyers, judges and law students in recovery from addiction and mental health or emotional problems”. They provide discreet assistance in […]

Oregon LAP Roundup

Oregon LAP Roundup

The Oregon Attorney Assistance Program (OAAP) is a service provided to all Oregon lawyers. Funded by the Professional Liability Fund, OAAP offers confidential support through referrals, counselling, workshops and other educational programs. OAAP assists attorneys facing issues such as: alcoholism, drug addiciton, and compulsive disorders (including gambling addiction) depression and anxiety stress management The program […]

Oklahoma LAP Roundup

Started in 1985, the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Assistance Program (LHLAP) is a committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association. LHLAP aims to “assist members who are having difficulties that adversely affect their practice.” While the majority of the calls LHLAP receives are for assistance with drug and alcohol problems, the program also assists lawyers who are […]

Sanctions, Depression, and Addiction

Lawyers Weekly recently ran an article that readers of the Lawyer Addiction Blog will be interested in. “Lawyers Starting Over” (Christopher¬† Guly, Oct 16/09 issue) describes the intersection of depression with law society sanctions, and outlines the huge range of emotion and behaviour that lawyers face when they are suspended or disbarred, often as a […]

Book of Interest: Getting a Winning Verdict in My Personal Life

We recently came across a new book that will be of interest to readers of the Lawyer Addiction Blog. Gary Gwilliam is a California trial attorney who wrote about his experiences with alcoholism in his 2007 memoir, Getting a Winning Verdict in My Personal Life: A Trial Lawyer Finds His Soul. To read excerpts from […]