2019 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs

Joan Bibelhausen


Joan Bibelhausen, has served as Executive Director of Minnesota’s Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers since 2005.  She is an attorney and is nationally recognized for her work in the lawyer assistance and diversity and inclusion realms. 

Joan has significant additional training in the areas of counseling, mental health and addiction, diversity, employment issues and management. She has spent more than two decades working with lawyers, judges and law students who are at a crossroads because of mental illness and addiction concerns as well as well-being, stress and related issues.

Joan has developed and presented numerous CLE and other programs throughout Minnesota and nationally, and has written on mental health and addiction, implicit bias and mental health, career and life balance and satisfaction, stress, diversity and inclusion, marketing and other issues of concern to the legal profession. 

She is active in the MN State Bar Association, Hennepin and Ramsey County and American Bar Associations, and MN Women Lawyers, among others. She has served on the ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and its Advisory Commission.

She has chaired CoLAP’s Education Committee and its 2016 Conference Planning Committee.  She has chaired the MSBA Life and the Law Committee and the HCBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section and has co-chaired the HCBA Diversity Committee. 

She represents the disability perspective on many bar-related diversity committees and initiatives, including the MSBA Diversity and Inclusion Council.  Joan also served on the MSBA Board of Governors and HCBA’s Strategic Planning and Leadership Institute task forces and currently serves on the board of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance.

Joan coauthored “Reducing the Stigma – William Mitchell College of Law – Spring 2015“,  published in the Mitchell Hamline Law Review (Vol. 41, Issue 3), and frequently writes for Minnesota and national bar publications. She was recognized by Minnesota Lawyer with a 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Award for her work regarding implicit bias and mental health in the legal profession.