September 05, 2018

National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs

2018 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs

Next Generation: Changing the Culture of the Legal Profession

Lawyers Helping Lawyers in Charleston

Sponsored by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs

On behalf of the American Bar Association's Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP), it is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 2018 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs. The 2018 Conference is being held at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. The conference will begin with a Welcome Reception and Opening of the Exhibit Hall late in the afternoon on Tuesday, September 25th and conclude Thursday evening, September 27th with the Annual Conference Dinner.

The theme for the conference is "Next Generation: Changing the Culture of the Legal Profession." The conference program includes sessions of interest to judges, disciplinary staff, bar leaders, lawyer assistance program directors and staff, law school administrators and law firm managers, as well as, abundant opportunities to network with LAP personnel and volunteers involved in lawyer assistance programs from across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

In addition, the Conference features an Exhibit Hall of facilities from around the US and Canada that focus on treating substance use disorders, compulsive behaviors, mood disorders, and more. This is a wonderful opportunity to discover new facilities and interact face to face with the facilities you use currently.

Your participation in the 2018 National Conference is a crucial factor in the ongoing development of lawyer assistance programs. The sessions truly represent a unique opportunity to learn about issues that can have a direct impact on the legal community's well-being, and how lawyer assistance programs operate.

Please join us in making this the most dynamic and well-attended conference yet.


Shari R. Gregory, LCSW, JD
Conference Chair
Oregon Attorney Assistance Program

Beth Padgett
Conference Vice-Chair
Lawyers Helping Lawyers, South Carolina Bar


Key Dates

  • August 3, 2018—Early Registration Deadline
  • August 31, 2018—Last day to obtain negotiated room rate or until block is sold-out, whichever comes first
  • September 4, 2018—Advance/Online Registration Closes
  • September 5, 2018 until Conference—Onsite Registration Only
  • September 11, 2018—Conference Cancellation Deadline (refer to policy for details)

Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made at any time. Refund requests must be sent in writing and received on or before September 11, 2018. Cancellations will be fully refunded less a $50.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after September 11, 2018. The ABA reserves the right to cancel or alter any programs and assumes no responsibility for personal expenses. Send refund requests and questions via email to Sharon O'Connell.

Planning Committee

  • Shari Gregory—Portland, OR
    Chair, 2018 National Conference Planning Committee
  • Beth Padgett—Columbia, SC
    Vice-Chair, 2018 National Conference Planning Committee
  • Bree Buchanan—Austin, TX
    CoLAP Chair


  • Robert Albury—Charleston, WV
  • Joan Bibelhausen—St. Paul, MN
  • Anne Chambers—Jefferson City, MO
  • Barbara Ezyk—Denver, CO
  • Yvette Hourigan—Frankfort, KY
  • Derek LaCroix—Vancouver, BC
  • Anna Levine—Boston, MA
  • Robynn Moraites—Charlotte, NC
  • Molly Paris—Pompano Beach, FL
  • Tom Roman—Cary, NC
  • Nancy Stek—New Brunswick, NJ
  • Tish Vincent—Lansing, MI

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