Initiatives & Awards

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Initiatives & Awards


Winner of the 2016  
CoLAP Meritorious Service Award

The Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) is pleased to award the 2016 CoLAP Meritorious Service Award to Jane B. Grisé, Director of Academic Success and Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, for her significant contributions to improving law student mental health and physical wellness. Under Grisé’s direction, the school implemented a wellness program that includes the Dean’s Challenge Program, an innovative competition that motivates students to develop healthy behaviors by awarding points – and prizes – for exercising and attending scheduled events on topics such as healthy eating, mindfulness and stress. The Award will be presented on Thursday, October 6, at the 2016 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs in Vancouver, Canada.

The 2016 Meritorious Service Award is presented on behalf of the CoLAP Law School Assistance Committee to encourage creative approaches to help law students in becoming healthy and successful lawyers, and distinguish programs or initiatives that assist law students in improving their mental health and physical wellness. For more information, access the 2016 nomination form and memo seeking nominations

The Law School Assistance Committee also recognizes the other 2016 nominees:

  • James Faught, Dean at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Board Member of the Illinois Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP), for his efforts in establishing law student educational programs, integrating LAP services into the school, and coordinating LAP volunteer training; and
  • Charlotte Taylor, Assistant Dean for Student Services at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, for her development of a comprehensive student wellness program which includes the Students Helping Students Program, a support system whereby students help fellow students in need.

CoLAP Awards

The John "Jack" Keegan Award is given to a Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) volunteer in recognition of distinguished efforts, who has been an example for all to follow and has brought honor to the lawyer assistance movement.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a lawyer assistance program (LAP) employee for outstanding performance in the advancement of ABA CoLAP’s goals and for bringing honor to the lawyer assistance movement. 

The Certificate of Appreciation for Justices was created in 1994 to honor enlightened judges who recognize alcoholism for what it is; a treatable disease and not a moral weakness. The nominees are nominated by their state bar associations. The award criteria includes financial support provided to lawyer assistance programs, promotion of mandatory continuing legal education with required or accepted chemical dependency education, support for confidentiality and immunity for the lawyer assistance program participants, and consideration of alternative sentencing when lawyer addiction is a factor.

The Certificate of Appreciation for Bar Association Executive Director is designed to acknowledge distinguished service in the promotion of lawyer and judicial recovery from addiction.

The Meritorious Service Award is in honor of individuals not associated with ordinary and regular LAP functions who have gone above and beyond normal expectations to assist the lawyer assistance program in their jurisdiction. Contributions may be in the form of direct aid (such as financial), cooperation (such as between the LAP and the disciplinary agency, state bar association or law school), or indirect assistance (such as increased media presence).

View past award recipients

2016-17 Awards Committee Chair

Karen Kahle

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