Confronting someone about a substance abuse problem—or owning that you have one—is not easy, but lawyers assistance programs can help.
In this episode of Asked & Answered, the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward speaks to Bree Buchanan, director of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program of the State Bar of Texas, about how lawyers assistance programs work.
Usually referred to as LAPs and offered by attorney regulation agencies, the programs guarantee confidentiality when attorneys reach out to them. And if an attorney has committed an actionable offense, entering recovery before it comes to light and being able to show commitment to getting better can be a mitigating factor if he or she faces disciplinary charges.
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